About 70 parents, students, teachers and administrators were on hand for Tuesday's Hopatcong Borough Schools strategic planning meeting, which was held at Hopatcong Middle School. And according to school spokesperson Elizabeth Juliano, the positive vibrations were flowing.
"You could feel the positive energy in the room, and it was evident how times have changed," said Juliano, noting that the turnout was a sign that things are moving in the right direction for borough schools.
In a statement, she called the talks a "turning point" for Hopatcong schools.
The long-planned meeting was held to create a shared vision for what Superintendent of Schools Cynthia Randina calls "the New Hopatcong." At the meeting, she outlined an action plan and goals for making district improvements.
Using a strategic and interactive process, guided by Jane Kershner of New Jersey School Boards Association, attendees interfaced in small groups and as a whole to develop goals and objectives for improving test scores, instructional programs and student achievement.
"There were many smiles, laughter, collegiality, and a warm sense of teamwork going on," Juliano said, adding that NJSBA rep Kershner said she'd never seen "such an inviting and well-attended first strategic planning meeting as they saw at Hopatcong."