LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to hearing a presentation from a group of female engineers from Heritage Middle School (HMS), the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) also discussed the 2020 district budget as well as newly proposed courses and faculty positions during last week’s board of education meeting.

New Positions and Courses Proposed at Livingston Public Schools

During the presentation of the proposed positions and courses, Sinead Crews, Director of School Counseling, announced the intention to hire a college counselor to join the faculty at Livingston High School (LHS), adding that this position already exists in many other school districts.

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According to Crews, the college advisor would advise students and parents, provide SAT/PSAT/ACT preparation, host workshops such as essay writing and analyze alumni data.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Block added that a college counselor would allow existing counselors to devote more time to students’ emotional well-being and other issues.

LHS is also proposing to add a theater arts teacher position to help direct the fall drama and the spring musical, teach theater classes, create an after-school theater program and generate “a theater community” within the high school.

The proposed Theater Arts Pathway (TAP) was also discussed once again after being presented in December along with a new business course and two new science courses.

Three new courses that were proposed under the visual and performing arts umbrella included theater arts, which would be a requirement to complete the TAP pathway, as well as dance and piano, which would be offered as one-semester electives.

Other new courses being proposed include Social Media Marketing (under business), RHSP Anatomy & Physiology II and Sustainability Science II (both science). 

CLICK HERE to read more about TAP and the six recently proposed courses.

Additionally, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Steiger took the opportunity to note that the district is pleased with how the current special needs services are meeting the population’s needs and will not be making any changes to it in the 2020-2021 academic year.

LPS to Begin District Budget Discussions

LPS Business Administrator Steven Robinson announced that he recently met with Livingston’s nine principals “to discuss their financial wants and needs.”  

The first draft of the budget will be presented to Livingston residents on March 9, and the public is invited to provide input and present questions during a public forum to follow on March 16 at 7 p.m. at the high school.

According to Robinson, the tentative budget will be presented on March 18 and sent to the county office for review. A public hearing will be held on April 27. 

HMS Femgineers Present Award-Winning Future City Design

At the start of the meeting, HMS Femgineers Avery Weiner, Poorva Gopal and Nandini Aggarwal exhibited the model of their city of the future, “Lago Paraiso,” which recently earned second place overall at the regional Future City STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Design Competition.

The girls are headed to Las Vegas later this month for a chance to advance in the competition.

CLICK HERE for the full story about their participation in the competition.

The next LBOE meeting will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m.