HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Helfant highlighted the some of  improvements made to the facilities over the summer in his report at the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education meeting on Thursday.

Helfant noted that additional safety measures have been installed in both Lincoln and Euclid Elementary Schools, in "hardening those buildings." When someone enters through the main doors, a person will be "locked in there with bulletproof glass with no way to access the building until the person inside can identify the person" and then they will be allowed access to the building, so Lincoln and Euclid Schools "are significantly safer."

He also explained that a buzzer was installed on those schools' rear doors that will sound in the office and video cameras to monitor the area. 

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Construction at both Lincoln and Euclid Elementary Schools is finishing. The main office is being relocated from the second to the main floor; the old offices are being converted to classrooms.

He also explained that new hallway lockers were installed in the high school and middle school.

Helfant said that new staff training was held, to introduce the 10 new staffers to the Gensys system, how to enter grades and attendance and got a tour of their assigned schools. He and Middle School assistant principal Frank D'Amico conducted a training meeting with 21 substitute teachers, outlining the safety procedures and daily responsibilities for the subs. He explained that will also be offered for new subs as they are hired throughout the year.  The staff reports on Tuesday, September 3. The first day of class for students is Wednesday, September 4.

Helfant said he will publish two newsletters in the coming months, one focusing on the construction projects over the past year, and one dealing with the academic gains within the district.

Board president Robert Salerno wished everyone a good year, and "thanked everyone who helped."



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