Tuesday, December 4, 2012
More than 50 community members met for the first time Monday night to discuss future of the high school.
About 50 borough community members, including parents, students, teachers, and board members came out to the first Task Force meeting Monday night to brainstorm ideas for how to improve Hopatcong High School. Board President Cliff Lundin said the focus of the group, which was created in late August after New Jersey Monthly ranked the high school number 289th in the state, will be on "the high school of the future," while starting to create the strategic planning process. Lundin, who facilitated the meeting with high school principal Noreen Lazariuk, said he was "pleasantly surprised" with the response on Monday night. He said there were parents of students at both the high school and lower schools, as well as parents who grew up in …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
So far 30 residents have expressed interest in joining group to help provide direction for the district.
Hopatcong residents interested in serving on the “High School of the Future” task force being formed by the board have until Oct. 1 to sign up. Board of Education president Clifford Lundin said this week that so far 30 residents have indicated a willingness to serve on the panel. The board would also like to discuss hiring a facilitator from the New Jersey School Boards Association to assist in the formation of the task force and the development of goals. The task force idea was put forth in late summer after New Jersey Monthly magazine in its annual high school ranking issue placed Hopatcong High School at 289, a drop of 89 slots from its 2011 ranking as the 200th best school in state. At the time, Lundin told residents at a public …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Board of Education regular session scheduled for for Monday night.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The 21 requests the school board has received from eighth grade students looking to attend Lenape Valley Regional High School instead of Hopatcong High School next September is one of the topics scheduled to be discussed Monday at its regular session. The public portion is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. at the administration building at Windsor Avenue. The board said at its work session last Mondy that that it had received the requests from local students. The newly expanded school choice program allows any school which applies to be allowed to accept students from other districts. There is no tuition payment to any choice school. Students leave Hopatcong and are placed on the enrollment roles of the choice school and the choice …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Board of Ed seeks volunteers for group to examine ways to improve Hopatcong High School
The public took center stage at Monday’s board of education meeting as parents questioned Hopatcong High School's ranking in New Jersey Monthly magazine. Board members agreed with the need for change, defending recent efforts that have gone into improvements over many areas. Audience turnout was one of the largest the board has seen, they said. Board President Cliff Lundin announced the creation of a new task force whose focus will be on the “high school of the future.” The task force will include members of the public, school board, administrators, principals and students. The deadline to sign up is Sept. 15. “I want this to be as inclusive as we possibly can,” said Lundin. “And I challenge the people who berate us daily on the Internet …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Hunterdon County's Anthony P. Kearns III testified on the dangers of heroin in suburbia.
Monday, July 16, 2012
According to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III, a community doesn't need a main street to have a drug problem, nor does it need an urban center to have gang activity. Kearns was at the Daytop Prep School in Mendham last Tuesday to testify for the Task Force on Heroin and Other Opiate Use Amongst New Jersey's Youth and Young Adults. In a prepared statement, Kearns described the geography of rural Hunterdon county. "We are one hour from New York City, one hour from Philadelphia and 15 minutes from Trenton," Kearns said. "Route 78 runs right through Hunterdon County." This, according to Kearns, provides easy access to drugs that Kearns says are being sold by gangs out their cars. Despite making public arrests, the perception of …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Abby Boxman testified at hearing on youth drug and alcohol abuse that her son was a casualty in a losing battle.
Abby Boxman sat with a framed photo of her son in her hand. A son she lost to an overdose a little less than a year ago. The Monmouth mother was at the Daytop Prep School in Mendham Tuesday to share her story with the Task Force on Heroin and Other Opiate Use Amongst New Jersey's Youth and Young Adults. A story, she hoped would save other mothers from the pain she feels. She described her 21-year-old son Justin as a good kid who could not overcome the addiction that lead to his July 13, 2011 passing. "Or angelversary as they say in heaven," Boxman said. An emotional Boxman said that she wasn't sure if she was going to be able to testify for the panel, but that the support she received from GRASP (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing) …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Spring Lake residents discuss challenges of finding the right help for their son.
Their son had stolen from them. Lied to them. Made them pariah's in their community. But John and Linda, whose last name was withheld for privacy, still loved their 19-year-old son, and they traveled from Spring Lake to be his advocate once again. Sitting in the gym Tuesday at Daytop Prep School, a Mendham non-profit substance abuse treatment organization, John and Linda testified to the Task Force on Heroin and Other Opiate Use Amongst New Jersey's Youth and Young Adults with details of their plight, and the hope that their experience could help make a change statewide. Their testimony was first before the panel, who will be crafting a report of their findings for Gov. Chris Christie and the legislature on how to address the epidemic of …