Hasbrouck Heights BOE Honors State Football Champs, Announces Teacher Retirements at January Meeting

Members of the state champion Hasbrouck Heights football team and coaching staff were recognized by the Board of Education at Wednesday night's meeting. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Less than 24 hours after their appearance at the Borough Council meeting, the Hasbrouck Heights 2017 North 1, Group 1 state football champions were recognized by the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education at its January meeting Wednesday night in Keifer Auditorium.

Dr. Matthew Helfant, Superintendent, congratulated the team on winning the state championship.

“Coach Delcalzo always tells me every year, he was told when he first started, that the way the school year goes, is based on how the football season goes,” explained Helfant.

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“And we’re having a good school year, aren’t we?” asked Delcalzo.

“We having a good school year,” said Helfant.

Delcalzo congratulated the football team and cheerleaders on “a great job.” He thanked the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department for the escort to and from the game at Kean University. He also noted that even at away games, “our community comes out. They’re all there. It’s great.”

“It’s hard to win a state championship,” Delcalzo noted. “But to go back-to-back, these kids did a great job.”

The last time Hasbrouck Heights won back to back state football championships was 1975 and 1976, said Delcalzo

Coach Nick Delcalzo called up assistant coaches Adam Baera and Frank D’Amico. Each player and student managers received a certificate.

Regular business continued after the team presentation.

New Board President Patricia Caruso announced that the middle school play, Extra, Extra, is scheduled for February 8 and 9, and the middle school spelling bee is Thursday, January 25. Both events will be hosted in Kiefer Auditorium.

Dr. Helfant also reviewed the district report card which was recently emailed to all parents. He said the district “met all academic progress indicators as established by the State of New Jersey.” He also said that the district is submitting a QSAC equivalency application in the coming days, “asking the State of New Jersey to look at the performance of Hasbrouck Heights schools over the last few years, which is certainly more fair than looking at the 2013-14 data, that they continue to look at every year.”

The Board also announced several Personnel resolutions, including the retirement of teachers Laura Czekaj, high school English teacher, and Christine Rau, teacher at Lincoln School, effective July 1.

“I’d personally like to thank Mrs. Czekaj and Mrs. Rau for all their years of service, and I wish them the best of luck in their retirement,” said Board member Connie Doheny. “I always had a good experience with them, and I think they will be sorely missed,” adding they taught one of her children.

Additionally, Tina DiLascio is transferred from her Title 1 teacher position to middle school Language Arts teacher as replacement for Lori Cintron. She will be replaced by Lori Brancato.

The Board briefly went into private session to discuss confidential matters. When they returned, the meeting was officially gaveled closed.


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