ENGLEWOOD — In the regular board meeting of the Northmont Board of Education, a presentation was made by Pastor Don Betts of Campus 320, a local church that is working to make a difference in the lives of families in the community.
Pastor Betts discussed the weekly events that involve Northmont school children, including game nights, dinners, and a tutoring session that take place at Englewood Hills Elementary.
“We wanted to be a vital aspect of the community,” said Betts, “and we found a way to reach out and make connections.”
The church donated $1600 for the purchase of basketball backboards and rims at Englewood Hills.
Construction Administrator Bob McClintock talked to the Board about many of the finishing touches that are happening at the new High School. The athletic arena and adjoining areas will be dedicated on Friday, December 4 between the girls and boys basketball games. This gives the athletes a chance to use the new facility right away. The dedication for the entire building will be held on Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m. with classes taking place the very next day on the students’ return from winter break.
McClintock also asked the Board to approve SAFECO as the successful responsive and responsible low bidder for the abatement and demolition of the old building.
“Some companies bid on just the abatement or just the demo, but SAFECO bid on both and came in under the projected budget,” said McClintock.
In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Sarah Zatik shared that a new group is being formed to advocate on behalf of the schools with legislators at the state level. This grassroots effort is being started throughout the state to share with elected officials the dissatisfaction with funding and the needs of the schools. The group is made up of parents, retired teachers, and community members who are interested in making a difference.
“Legislators hear from superintendents all the time,” said Zatik. “It’s time for them to hear from the people who elected them.”
Student Board Representative Samantha Johnson reported on the events and activities at the school buildings around the District:
*Englewood Elementary students had a mother/son dance on Friday the 13th. A World War II Veteran came to speak to the students on Veterans’ Day about her time as a pilot. She was a resident of Brookdale, the school’s partner home.
• Englewood Hills will be celebrating Thanksgiving throughout their building this week.
• Kleptz Early Learning Center had a canned food drive for FISH. The mother/son event was well attended and a big thanks goes out to the High School athletes who attended to help with the event.
• Northmoor collected over 3000 cans for FISH! The annual Book Swap took place Monday night and was very well attended. Remaining books will be donated to Community Table.
• Northwood hosted the November Community Breakfast and honored the Clayton Police Department for their contributions to the safety of our students as well as the Veterans of the community.
• Union Elementary will be holding their first ice skating party at RiverScape on Sunday, December 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
• Middle School sent 10 girls to Edison State for the 10th Annual “We Are IT” conference. This is a free event that encourages girls to investigate STEM careers in areas like forensics, Photoshop, engineering, and robotics.
• High School NJROTC students won third place in a Louisville, Kentucky drill competition with a first place standing in Color Guard. The Academic Challenge team won the St. Charles Academic Tournament. This is their second championship of the season.