HOLMDEL, NJ: The Holmdel Board of Education held their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, October 30th. The location was changed to the Indian Hill School. The full board was in attendance as well as several candidates vying for seats during the upcoming election on November 5th.
Time certainly flies by as two retirements were announced at the meeting including long time custodian Steven Taylor and Lunchroom/Playground Aide at Village School, Donna Dandorph.
The Superintendent provided his detailed report which included data on enrollment, HIB (Harassment Intimidation and Bullying) as well as sharing wonderful news on the following:
- National Bullying Prevention Month initiatives
- Recognizing October as National Principals Month
- Indian Hill Acts of Kindness and Fall Play
- Satz Talent Show Congratulations
- National Merit Scholars from Holmdel
- Ladies Night Out Fundraiser Success
- Indian Hill School Hang Out Nights Success
- Satz PSG’s work to return the ‘Snack Shack’
- HTEA’s Successful Blood Drive
The enrollment data is as follows:
- 779 Village
- 747 Indian Hill
- 529 Satz
- 939 Holmdel High School
- 2994 Total
The big news of the evening was administrative team providing a detailed presentation on standardized testing and the state assessment report. The presentation portrayed a wide array of metrics for all grade levels on a multi-year basis. The data provides the level of proficiency that students possess on certain topics such as Math and English.
A comparison was made between Holmdel results and NJ State averages. Most parents are keenly interested in Holmdel scores, but also scores in similarly situated schools.
Board member Mike Sockol inquired about prior years when data could be compared to communities within the same socioeconomic group. He indicated that this was more relevant to Holmdel parents. Seeley stated that they were collecting information from other districts and would be able to share more information at a later date.
Subcommittee reports were also provided by the chairs of those committees. Board Vice-President Eileen Briamonte reported that the union and board continue to meet in regard to their employment contract. The union, Holmdel Teachers Education Association, currently works under the prior negotiated agreement. The teachers did go to a prior meeting with all wearing red shirts. The union representative complained at the last meeting that there was no agreement yet. They do have an agreement however. It is the one that expired a few months ago. By law, it stays in force until a new agreement is reached.
Also, on the agenda was a resolution about student transportation. The resolution is designed to encourage the NJ Legislature to address the yearly issue with non-public student transportation statutes. No legislator has stepped up to address this old situation about bidding and caps and the board hopes that the resolution may finally wake up someone in Trenton to do something about it.
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The presentation, facilitated by Dr. Dineen Seeley, will also be available shortly on the website.