In a recent meeting of the Glen Rock School Board, the need for an upgrade from the current, widely disliked ALEO ERP system was the primary topic of debate, alongside discussions about student travels, the introduction of a new assistant principal, and commendations for school spirit.
Leading the board’s concerns, the school’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, ALEO, faced criticism for its inefficiencies and limitations. Superintendent Dr. Brett Charleston pointed out that the system felt outdated, noting that only a few schools in the state still utilized it. He described ALEO as more of a “national program”, which might be contributing to the inefficiencies. The issue was further elaborated by James, who characterized ALEO as having a “universal dislike” among its users. He highlighted the poor customer support since ALEO’s acquisition by Link and how it wasn’t tailored specifically for New Jersey requirements. Emphasizing the potential of more efficient state-specific systems, James said, “They were designed for New Jersey… and they have all of the standard templates pretty much rock solid.” He proposed seeking competitive contracts for a replacement, with an aim to integrate a new system by the next year.
Another highlight of the meeting was the introduction of Mr. Greg DeRosa as the middle school assistant principal. His selection process was outlined, showcasing his tenure at North Caldwell since 2010 and overwhelmingly positive feedback from his references. Addressing the board and attendees, DeRosa expressed his gratitude and eagerness to serve the Glen Rock community. He emphasized the significance of blending academic excellence with emotional intelligence in students.
On the educational front, there was evident enthusiasm about students traveling overseas again, including trips to Costa Rica and visits from students of the Czech Republic. The board also spotlighted the investment in 3D printers for the robotics team, signaling their commitment to innovative learning.
A discussion arose about the possibility of creating specialized committees, specifically a finance committee, to streamline the board’s responsibilities. This committee aims to address financial concerns, particularly during the budget season. It was proposed that an executive committee consult with the business administrator to garner his perspective and recommendations.
Finally, commendations were in order. Ms. Carr lauded the school’s band for its impressive growth, particularly during football games. Additionally, the school’s spirit, even amid challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, was praised by board members. An unnamed member shared a heartwarming incident where a student showed sensitivity to her religious practices, underscoring the character values instilled in Glen Rock students.