HACKENSACK, N.J. — The hallways at Hackensack High School will breathe a lot easier come September.

After what education leaders called an “exhaustive” two-year process, New Jersey Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet announced today that he has ruled in favor of the Maywood Board of Education’s request to sever their years-long send/receive relationship with Hackensack High School. Starting this fall, the Maywood district will embark on their new send/receive relationship with the Henry P. Becton Regional High School District, which covers the towns of Carlstadt and East Rutherford, at its host site in East Rutherford. The contract is good for at least five years, education officials said.

This new partnership — the decision for which was rendered on March 2 — will alleviate the longstanding problem of overcrowding at Hackensack High School, which education officials agree will “improve educational opportunities for the remaining students” and have “little or no negative financial or racial impact on the district,” according to a press release from the Maywood and Becton Regional High School Districts. The decision to terminate the agreement was backed by “overwhelming support” from the public and the Hackensack Board of Education, education officials said. 

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Maywood’s new partnership with the Becton Regional district will carry many benefits including taking advantage of the school’s state-of-the-art facility, outstanding academic and extracurricular programs, and a positive school climate, culture and spirit,” according to the news release.

“We are pleased that this perfect partnership will enable us, together, to build on the ‘model high school’ status already established at Becton,” said district Superintendent Dario Sforza. “This new partnership will add to Becton Regional High School’s academic success and positive school culture and allow the opportunity to exponentially expand existing programs and services. At the same time, it will grant the possibility to further explore new educational opportunities for students including, but not limited to, increased Career, Technical, Trade, AP and Special Education programs.”

The Becton and Maywood districts will begin scheduling dates and times for open house visitations and information sessions for both parents and students of Maywood’s eighth grade class for the 2020-2021 school year at dates to be announced.

Superintendents for both districts said they look forward to an “historic partnership” that will “change the trajectory of Becton Regional for decades to come.”

As for Hackensack High School’s future? It’s business as usual. 

“The longstanding partnership between Maywood and Hackensack Public Schools is now coming to an end,” said Superintendent Robert Sanchez. “Yet, every ending marks a new beginning. As we embark on this new journey, we will always cherish the memories of the past while we look forward to the opportunities of the future. Rest assured, the Hackensack Board of Education will continue to provide the best educational opportunities for all of our students. We wish our neighbors well in this new adventure.”