MONTVILLE, NJ – On Jan. 26, the Montville Township Public Schools received notification that the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development (NJASECD) had selected the district as a 2018 New Jersey District of Character. Additionally, Robert R. Lazar Middle School was named a 2018 New Jersey School of Character and William Mason Elementary School received recognition as an Honorable Mention School of Character. 

The Montville Township Public Schools district and Lazar Middle School will now move on to the national level competition. In 2016 both Cedar Hill Elementary School and Woodmont Elementary School were selected as National Schools of Character.

“I am so proud of these honors!” Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar wrote in an e-mail to all of the district’s faculty and staff. “To be named a New Jersey District of Character is an award that we truly all share. To be considered for this honor would not have been possible without the work that you all do in all of the schools day in and day out.” 

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“I am extremely proud of all of the district's efforts to support character education as one of the foundations of school culture in each Montville Township Public Schools building,” Rovtar added as she commended Lazar and William Mason on the recognitions they each received from NJASECD.

In the NJASECD letters of commendation to the Montville Township Public Schools district, Lazar and William Mason, members of the NJASECD Executive Committee, including President William Trusheim, Vice President Nina M. Kemps and New Jersey School of Character Blue Ribbon Panel Chair Eileen Dachnowicz said, “We thank you for your hard work and for your commitment to implementing a quality character education initiative.” 

On May 18, 2018, the Montville Township Public Schools district, Lazar and William Mason will each receive special recognition at the NJASECD Annual Conference at Rider University.