CALDWELL, NJ — Following an annual report from the Caldwell/West Caldwell school district's auditor, who reported at the board of education meeting Monday that the finances of the school are “very balanced,” Superintendent Dr. James Heinegg reiterated many of the plans that the district has for this year.

According to Heinegg, the district will continue to implement many of the goals set in September, including:

  • Completing the next phase of the Five-Year Curriculum Plan;
  • Supporting staff in developing Professional Learning Communities and providing extended professional learning opportunities in the Next Generation Science Standards and Elementary Reading/Language Arts and Secondary Mathematics programs;
  • Completing analyses of the short-term and long-term options for facility and staffing needs required to implement a full-day kindergarten program, in-district special education services and other educational programs;
  • Developing a draft document of the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan based on the 2016 School Community Survey, current educational research and input from the stakeholders regarding future needs and concerns; and
  • Identifying and implementing further cost efficiencies and appropriate sources of revenue.

“Completing the next phase of our five-year curriculum plan has been an ongoing plan, which involves implementing changes to our curriculum and beginning to explore and evaluate other areas,” said Heinegg.

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Currently, the district is working with The College of New Jersey to help with the next generation of science standards and other areas. According to Heinegg's report, many staff members have been attending professional-development days and other workshops to improve teaching skills and learn about new teaching methods.

The district also has plans to move forward with its Kindergarten Enrichment program in the fall. Moving forward, the district is looking into new facilities to house not only the full-day kindergarten program but also special education services.

According to the board of education, plans have been given to the architect, who is expected to report back to the district within the next few weeks. Once the plans are finalized, the district can then contact the state to see if it can apply for any grants.

The district will also be reevaluating many of the bus routes to see if any money can be saved, according to Heinegg.

“We are going to be looking to see if there are any areas where we can save money by taking care of some of our own bussing needs,” said Heinegg.

All district goals along with other announcements can be found on the district website.