In a recent public meeting, the Mahwah School Board announced the establishment of a state-mandated threat assessment team to ensure student safety. The board discussed a plethora of other topics including summer learning programs, student achievements, infrastructural updates, and potential new educational partnerships.
At the meeting, board members along with Superintendent Dr. Michael DeTuro discussed the mandate, need, and composition of the newly established threat assessment team. The team will proactively monitor and address instances that might pose a threat to student safety, meeting thrice a year or as cases arise. The team comprises teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and other relevant professionals. In a response to a public query about the team, they confirmed the appointment of Ms. Rizzo, the point person for their child study team, due to her extensive work with specialists in identifying appropriate action plans for struggling students.
The Superintendent’s report showcased the ongoing summer learning experiences in the district, including the Summer Solvers program, extended school year for students with IEPs, Camp Invention, Kindergarten Kickstart program, and a music program. Over 550 students are participating in these programs. The Superintendent also touched on future technological upgrades to aid classroom learning.
In a nod to student success, the Board President highlighted several students’ achievements, including a local graduate’s recent drafting by the Boston Red Sox and others who represented their school at an international music competition in Europe. A student was recognized as a New Jersey state winner of the trigonometry competition, and another received the Leo of the Year award.
Infrastructural updates were also addressed, with significant construction projects, including new bleachers, a resurfaced track, and installation of HVAC systems at George Washington (GW) school. Collaborations with the Town Council facilitated paving projects around the district, and renovations at the Joyce Kilmer school ensured ADA compliance.
On the educational front, the internship and externship programs were mentioned for their significant growth, now hosting 25 students with local businesses like Becton Dickinson Company, Holy Name Medical Center, and others.
Financial updates indicated the final transactions and adjustments for the 2022-23 school year, with auditors set to review the district’s financial status in August. Human resources updates included the appointment of an interim principal, Mrs. Angela Davis, for Betsy Ross School, and the approval of presenters for the new hire orientation, preparing for 22 staff members set to join the district.
The board discussed the success of the Access For All program, encouraging community involvement and volunteering, particularly for the popular All-Star Sports initiative. They commended the program’s partnership with Ramapo Ridge Middle School and noted the high demand for All-Star soccer registration, which filled up within 24 hours.
Concluding the meeting, board members expressed gratitude for local business donations and thanked the district leadership for continuous improvement efforts.