CLAYTON – Last night’s Northmont Board of Education meeting at the high school got emotional as each board member talked about the legacy that Bob McClintock will leave behind as he retires at the end of this month after 29 years with Northmont City Schools.
McClintock served as business manager for many years and as construction administrator during the construction of the Kleptz Early Learning Center and the new high school. Several comments were made in threes as Mr. McClintock often brought “three things” to the Board regarding facilities. Words like “class,” “gentleman,” “friend,” “leader,” and “mentor” were used in descriptions by each board member as well as Superintendent Thomas and Treasurer Ann Bernardo. Board member Jane Woodie said, “No matter what was happening in the district, Bob has always kept an amazing level of calm.”
Board President Linda Blum said, “We hear of people who bleed green and we talk about the Northmont Way and no one epitomizes those things more than Bob McClintock.”
Other honors were bestowed during the evening as a resolution was read and presented to the Northmont NJROTC. Colonel Kenneth Knotts and Unit Commander Taylor Evans were on hand to accept the award and to talk a little about the evolution of the group and the 20th year of excellence that they have realized. Evans told the group that as a freshman, she never imagined that she would be in a leadership role, but NJROTC has prepared her for “whatever life has to offer.”
Additionally, Mrs. Stephanie Reynolds, (a Middle School science teacher), was honored by Freshman Shelby Leitz who read a letter that she wrote to Superintendent Thomas last summer. Leitz felt compelled to write after getting an accelerated score on her standardized test.
“I always struggled with testing, but Mrs. Reynolds helped us to not be nervous.” According to Leitz, Mrs. Reynolds recognizes that students learn different ways causing her to use variety in her teaching.
Student Board Representative Kyndall Wilson gave a run down of the events in the buildings for the rest of the year:
• Englewood Elementary had an Hour of Code on Friday and the Man Club visited Brookdale Centennial Park.
• Englewood Hills’ students are completing their mid-year assessments and enjoying Spirit Week for the holidays.
• Kleptz Early Learning Center students will be creating a mural with artist in residence Chris Rowlands. They’ve also just completed their benchmark testing.
• Northmoor will be having a school wide Spelling Bee on December 20.
• Northwood is thankful for their Holiday Shop and PTO volunteers.
• Union Elementary will be hosting COSI this week and is looking forward to visiting area nursing homes next week.
• Northmont Middle School Science Olympiad hosted Science Mania! on December 3 and had a great turnout.
• Northmont High School is gearing up for the Turnabout Dance and a winter pep rally. The NJROTC just returned from their annual trip to New York.