Ho-Ho-Kus School Board Approves Array of Educational and Technological Initiatives

In its July 11 meeting, the Ho-Ho-Kus Board of Education passed key motions surrounding the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, notably involving the induction of new faculty and extensive tech infrastructure enhancements.

Technological advancements and educational tools were at the forefront of the meeting. The board sanctioned the purchase of 60 chromebooks, licenses, and damage coverage for a total of $29,740.20. Additionally, the procurement of six Smart Panels, half of which were generously donated by the Ho-Ho-Kus Education Foundation, will cost $19,033.86.

Several other digital tools and services were given the go-ahead. Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office secured multiple deals, including an agreement for Co-Managed IT Infrastructure Services at $4,150.00 monthly with an upfront onboarding fee of $4,500.00. Another pact involved the lease of nine multifunctional devices with printing management software for $2,899.00 monthly.

Jennifer Casas and Madeline Schossberg were greenlit as Middle School Special Education Teacher and Instructional Assistant, respectively, both to begin this September. Both positions come with a provisional status requiring a 90-day review in line with New Jersey laws. In a related move, Alyson Glavin was granted maternity leave, and Schossberg is set to replace her in the interim.

A notable event occurred with the HHK Jr. Police Academy securing permission to use the HHK School Field for a helicopter landing between July 17-21.

On the financial side, the board authorized a release of funds for various programs, including a Basic IDEA-B Grant of $140,932.00 and a Preschool IDEA Grant of $4,603.00. Several contractual approvals were also noted, with standout mentions being New Wave Environmental and Automated Logic, who were greenlit for environmental safety and maintenance contracts, respectively.

Updates provided by the President and Superintendent shone a light on the district’s recent achievements. Mention was made of the Summer Academy and the Extended School Year (ESY) program, both of which were lauded. Furthermore, the upcoming meeting of the HHK Education Foundation and a recent graduation at the Northern Highlands Board of Education were brought to attention.

The meeting wrapped up with the board going into an executive session at 8:29 p.m., reconvening briefly in the public domain at 9:07 p.m. before adjournment a minute later.

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