Saddle Brook Navigates Rising Football Prices, Expands Aviation STEM, and Introduces Junior Police Academy

In their recent meeting, the Saddle Brook School Board tackled several issues of concern to students and parents: an expected increase in football game ticket prices, the expanding interest in the High School Aviation STEM program, and the innovative introduction of a Junior Police Academy.

A rise in ticket prices for football games took center stage at the meeting, instigated by a decision from the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Conference (NJIC). A board member highlighted the issue, predicting, “the tickets to our football games will most likely increase.” The board reached consensus that additional funds generated would benefit the school, except for state-level games, which would necessitate sharing some revenue with the state.

The board also celebrated the successful uptake of the High School Aviation STEM Curriculum. The curriculum’s success was highlighted by a board member who shared, “this year we had a handful of students in that class and next year we’re up to over 50 requests for the aviation course.” This indicates a promising surge in student interest in the aviation sector, aligning with the district’s dedication to promoting STEM education.

In an innovative approach to experiential learning, the board discussed a proposal by the Police Department to use district buses for a new initiative – a Junior Police Academy for current seventh graders. The academy will expose students to real-world policing experiences through trips to sites like Ellis Island and the Bergen County Courthouse. An exciting highlight of this program includes a planned helicopter landing, making it a highly anticipated offering for the upcoming academic year.

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