MONTVILLE, NJ – A five-year district strategic action plan will be formulated following the third and final public input meeting in January, Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar announced at the Dec. 6 Montville Township Board of Education meeting.

The district has held two public meetings in order to identify the strengths and challenges the district faces, Rovtar said, and to envision the programs and initiatives that grouped the district into an imaginary “Schools That Succeed” magazine cover five years in the future. The two meetings involved small group discussion.

Rovtar said some common areas, like student achievement, technology, community involvement and communication have been mentioned in the first two meetings. The third and final meeting will be spent developing goals and objectives. Rovtar said the administrative team will use the goals to formulate a five-year strategic plan which she hopes to present to the board in the early spring.

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“I have appreciated all the input we have received from the public,” Rovtar said.

The final meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montville Township High School Media Center. All are invited, even if you did not attend the first two meetings. For more information on past meetings, click: Strategic Planning

Astro Turf

District Administrator Jim Tevis announced that the turf installed on the high school fields in 2013 is Astro brand turf, and on the softball fields it is Shaw Sports brand turf. Recently, the turf installed on the field in the Community Park was mentioned in the media as being possibly defective, but this brand was different, Tevis explained.

Curriculum

The Curriculum Committee met on Dec. 6, member Michael Palma reported, and discussed changes to the Gifted & Talented program, such as how to identify the students and what services to give. The committee also discussed high school courses and graduation requirements. The committee discussed changing the tech education class to “science explorers” and holding a STEAM Day. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art/design and math.

Kayne Thanks the PTCs and HSAs

Board President Matt Kayne thanked the various PTCs and HSAs responsible for fundraising towards the field trips and sewing machines that the BOE accepted on behalf of Cedar Hill, Hilldale, William Mason and MTHS.

“These are nice and thoughtful donations on the part of the PTCs and HSAs,” Kayne said. “What a help it is for the actual schools. These are hard-working volunteers who solicit funds and put together donations that are so helpful to our schools.”

Suspension

Board Attorney Stephen Bacigalupo read a statement regarding the suspension of student number 190000016, The student will be provided at-home instruction and is not allowed on district property. He will then undergo psychiatric evaluation. The board and Rovtar will then reevaluate the situation and determine what, if any, further disciplinary actions will be imposed and whether suspension will continue. Details of the suspension were not provided.