A Message from the Superintendent
Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!
Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
As the end of the summer is nearing, I hope all of you had a chance to spend quality time with your families, as I did, and are now preparing for another school year refreshed and rejuvenated. Taking time to be with your family is crucial to reenergizing for the upcoming school year. Together, let us embark on another successful year!
This summer we have been hard at work with beautification projects, academic/extracurricular improvements, and renovation projects at Hackettstown Public Schools. Hackettstown High School continues to see upgrades with a partial roof replacement, boiler replacement, upgrades to the auditorium such as new drapes, stage curtains, and refurbishing the stage floor. New auditorium seating will be installed this September. In addition to these upgrades, the high school has new external doors at the new gym entrance/exit, new internal doors at the old gym entrance/exit, and the old gym floor has been refurbished. I am thrilled with the progress our team is making for the betterment of our schools and for our children/students to enjoy.
As observed during the Strategic Planning process in the winter of 2013, security was a major concern for the participating constituents. Therefore, I am very happy to report that security surveillance cameras are currently being installed at Willow Grove School, Hackettstown Middle School, and Hackettstown High School. Hatchery Hill School will have surveillance cameras installed the summer of 2015. In turn, we will have security personnel at the high school under the guidance and supervision of our Director of Security. Keeping our children/students safe is a top priority.
While our schools have seen improvement, so has our Central Office staff. We have two new shared services positions with Great Meadows Regional School district. These two positions are Facilities Supervisor, Mr. Marinelli and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Ms. Inskeep. In the area of Curriculum and Instruction, we will see complete vertical articulation, development of a common K-12 language, and assessments.
Just a reminder to parents who joined us last year and to new parents who would like to attend this year, we will continue to conduct district wide Principal Forums which allow for parent and staff input concerning the future of our schools. In addition, please join us for our College Fair Night, where parents and students will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various colleges and universities on September 30th in our High School. I encourage all to attend!
Going forward, communication and parent involvement is crucial to your child’s academic success. We urge you to be active participants in your child’s educational journey and partner with our staff and faculty in the complete development of your child.
David C. Mango
Superintendent of Schools
Hackettstown School District