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Guidance Counselor Resigns Suddenly, Slogans Discussed by Montville Twp Board of Education

Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar in January 2017 ©2017 TAPinto Montville Credits: Melissa Benno

MONTVILLE, NJ – More turnover occurred in the Montville Township school district as high school guidance counselor Rebecca Glennon resigned her position recently.

Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar spoke directly to comments from social media regarding Glennon’s resignation at the July 18 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.

“We only received her resignation on June 30,” she said. “We immediately went about posting advertising for her position. [Director of Guidance Leslee] Scheckman is interviewing candidates and we hope to have that position filled very quickly. I know some parents are concerned about incoming seniors and the college application process but we don’t anticipate any difficulty with that. We just want to allay parents’ fears.”

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This follows the retirement of Business Administrator James Tevis and Lazar Principal Sharon Carr, and the resignation of Supervisor of World Language Lisa Howard. Glennon was also co-head of MEDLC, the district's after-school child care program.

District Goals

Rovtar provided goals to the board for the 2017-2018 school year, based off of the Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 that was approved by the BOE in April. They were:

  • Successful passage of the district referendum on Sept. 26, and follow up on plans for the bond sale and management of the construction phase.
  • Conduct a study of the high school schedule to determine the feasibility of a later start to the high school day for students.
  • Development of a Mindfulness Plan to incorporate strategies to reduce student anxiety and stress across all grade levels.
  • Implementation of the updated Gifted and Talented Program.

The board did not discuss these goals, but Board Member Charles Grau brought up math scores because he felt that testing showed lower scores for sixth graders vs. fifth graders. Board Member Michael Palma questioned whether it was in Montville Township or state-wide, in which case “it could simply be the test.” Rovtar said the district was above the state average but not above what the district considers its peer group. This goal may be added to the list.

District Logo and Slogan

Skye Dillon of Skye Design Studios presented regarding the brand and logo project that have been ongoing for the district. He said the logo had two strong contenders that would be ready for a fall roll-out.

“The stakeholders felt there was something missing when we conducted our research,” Dillon said. A shield shape was incorporated into the design due to stakeholders’ comments, he said. A non-athletic mustang was used for one portrayal in the next phase of research, he said, in order to not compete with the actual athletic portrayal. Each school will have its own mascot but will tie in to whatever logo is ultimately chosen, he said. Input from students will determine the pose of the mascot, he said.

Mottos were brought up at the meeting, and they included “unbridled learning,” and “striving for excellence.”

Ultimately the district placed the following into the survey:

  • Educate. Inspire. Impact.
  • Innovation through Education.
  • Education through Experience.
  • Education that Empowers Everyone.

The survey asked for opinions about the shield version of two of the three previous logo forms, the slogan, the athletic logo, and the academic seal/logo options. The survey regarding the mottos and logos can be accessed here: District branding survey.

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