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Students Are Choosing to Return to Hopatcong Schools, Superintendent Says

'You can always come home,' said Cynthia Randina, following news that some School Choice students have decided to return to their home district.

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Hopatcong Borough Schools' growing stature as a place for educational excellence is bringing School Choice and Sussex County Technical School students back to the local school district, according to Superintendent of Schools Cynthia Randina.

These are teens who went to Hopatcong schools as young children but decided to try a different route for their high school years, she said. 

“Apparently, students are happier to attend their resident district school, as evidenced by the numerous students who have returned to us this year,” said Randina.

The superintendent chalked the news up to "parents and students learning about the 'New Hopatcong'" and its efforts to raise standards and boost academic performance.

HBS Director of Guidance Gina Cinotti is equally upbeat when discussing the district.

“Hopatcong offers individual attention found nowhere else,” she said. “I grew 
up in Hopatcong and am a product of the schools. The relationships I have created with friends, teachers and community members are experiences you won’t find anywhere else.”

She said the district supports students trying other educational options, but in the end, Hopatcong stacks up with them, said Cinotti. 

She added that students attending a choice school who want to return to Hopatcong may do so, without penalty, at any time during the school year. The first step is to contact the guidance office at 973-770-8861.

"Home is where the heart is, and Hopatcong’s heart is its students," said Superintendent Randina. "You can always come home."
Eyeballs December 02, 2013 at 07:53 PM
please eliminate all extra curricular activities, advance placement classes, art, music etc. in addition, turn off the heat in the buildings... heck. too many students get a" free lunch" that's my tax money... close down these failing schools now... more money for me to shop at walmart and buy beer... do it "for the children" together we can and will succeed... thank you in advance for your efforts to SHS... Shutter Hopatcong Schools...
Roll Back Our Tax December 04, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Here's the stats for 2013.... http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-jersey/districts/hopatcong-borough/hopatcong-high-school-12586 .... Hopatcong didn't even make ranking in NJ. There are 715 students enrolled 9th - 12th grade. Proficient in language 83%. Proficient in math 65%. Student to teacher ratio 16:1. Here's the kicker "The AP® participation rate at Hopatcong High School is 8 percent".
Eyeballs December 04, 2013 at 01:05 PM
duh... can't participate in what does not exist... taxpayers were clear the they wanted the budget cut... most AP classes went out the window... hopefully, we succeed in SHS... Shuttering Hopatcong Schools... thank you... let's continue to push property values down...
Clay Thomas December 04, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Thanks to Chris Christie, Hopatcong and other districts are guaranteed a 2% increase without voter approval. For Hopatcong, that means nearly $750,000 extra to spend in the next budget. Get your checkbooks out, taxes are going up!
Eyeballs December 04, 2013 at 04:02 PM
i know!... and I was so looking forward to cutting more programs within the district... couldn't wait to teach the FAILING students in hopatcong a lesson... cutting football, cheerleading and the marching band top my "wish list" of cuts... thank you...

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