HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights' Superintendent of School Dr. Matthew Helfant used his monthly report to update the public on the ongoing projects, the district's goals for the upcoming school year, and what the district will do with the additional state aid at Thursday night's Board of Education meeting in the auditorium.
Academic classes being added or revised include:
Elementary Schools: Dance, Theater and Gym/Recess
Middle School: Dance, Theater, Music, Art, and STEAM
High School: New class offerings will include Podcasting, Computer Science, and Web Design.
Existing offerings to be revised include Algebra 2, U.S. History 1 and 2, and Law in the high school, as well as Music and Art in the middle school.
Helfant also updated the technology efforts ongoing throughout the summer. including updating the 11 computer labs, repairing/replacing equipment, upgrade and/or install new equipment to the servers and network hardware, moving two computer labs, as well as providing day-to-day support to the Summer School, Administration and KEYS. An overview of technology in the district:
- 11 computer labs in the district, HS/MS (7), Euclid (2) and Lincoln (2)
- 470 computers in the district, HS/MS (260) Euclid (100), Lincoln (100) BOE (10)
- 1750 Chromebooks on 56 carts
- 300 Laptops on 9 carts
- 250 iPads on 8 carts
Helfant also provided an overview of all the construction projects going on throughout the district. He highlighted the gym floors being sanded, the security window blinds, the new fencing at Hitchcock Field, the new public address and stage pads for Lincoln School, and wireless clocks throughout the district.
He also presented district's four goals for the upcoming school year.
SECURITY: To continue to review and implement previous recommendations from audits conducted by both private and public entities.
ACADEMIC: To enhance an active, inclusive, and multifaceted learning experience that maximizes each student's potential and empowers individual achievement over a period of three years.
He said it was "written in a general way, so that each building (individual school) is going to have to meet that academic goal so that it's specific to that building." He said the district goals are tied in with the schools' goals and the teachers' goals.
WELLNESS CENTER: Provide opportunities for students and faculty ...to help them develop and maintain good health and wellness practices. Helfant looks to provide counselors, speakers and other offerings. The opening is tentatively scheduled for December or January 2019.
FISCAL: The District Business Administrator and Superintendent will review and update the Standard Operating Procedure manual for business functions.
With the additional monies coming to Hasbrouck Heights from Trenton in Governor Murphy's new budget, Helfant provided breakdown of how the money will be allocated. .
Faciliies/Technology Security 78%
Wellness Center/Counselor 8%
Guidance Counselor/Elementary 9%
Helfant also explained the Facilities Use Annual Cost when outside organizations use fields, like Depken or Hitchcock Fields. The total cost $67,127, includes water, gas/electric, general liability, and custodial overtime. He said they couldn't put a dollar amount on wear and tear.
The Superintendent's Report and accompanying slide presentation will be posted on the district's website.
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