NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) recognized the High School Girls Tennis Team for their victorious season at the last regular meeting before the holiday break.

The team, coached by Marc Willemsen and Tracy Aroneo, won both the state sectional title as well as the Group 1 Championship. Board Member Robert Dinerman handed the Certificate of Excellence to the team. It is one thing to win the sectionals, but to win the state championship – is very special, Superintendent David Miceli said as he congratulated the team.

Board Member Ira Krauss noted that the team practices on the courts maintained by the borough. This exemplifies the great cooperation between the BOE and the borough, he said.

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In other news the board discussed the 2017-2018 calendar and provided information to a student’s request regarding the I-Pads used in the high school.

Miceli explained that the 2017-2018 calendar will be similar to the current year. Four snow days will be built into the calendar as has been done previously. New teachers will begin their four day training in August. Tuesday, Sep. 5 will be the first day for teachers while the students will return to the school the following day.

The district observes Jewish holidays in the fall. The schools will be closed during the Teachers’ Convention days in November. Thanksgiving will be the usual four day holiday and the winter recession will begin after Friday, Dec. 22 which will be a half day.

Martin Luther King Day will be a staff training day, but off for students. The Presidents’ Day weekend will be a five day break with Friday, Monday and Tuesday off. Good Friday will be off in March, as the Easter will be celebrated early in 2018. The spring break is scheduled for Apr. 16-20, 2018. The last day of school will be June 21.

Miceli explained that the draft calendar will be presented to the staff associations for comments. The final version of the calendar will be voted on at one of the January meetings.

A student approached the board with a request for information regarding the high school administration’s plan to wipe out I-Pads, which are school property, but used by students. Miceli explained that students will be provided with more information in due course, after the mid-term exams in approximately 5-6 weeks.

Miceli explained that the feedback from the staff, students and parents has indicated that the fact that students have an access to app stores and are using non-educational apps during school hours is causing a distraction. He pointed out that all relevant educational data will be saved and the I-Pads will only be cleaned out of non-educational apps. “Nothing has been set in stone yet,” he said.

The Thursday meeting marked the last one for Board President David Hasenkopf as his term ends at the turn of the year. He did not seek re-election. However, he will return to the Jan. 30 BOE meeting to receive a proper send off from the board.