South Hunterdon Board Addresses School Reconfiguration and Construction

The South Hunterdon Regional Board of Education meeting spotlighted community engagement concerning the district’s reconfiguration plan, construction progress, and potential school closures. A prominent issue raised was the potential closure of the West Amwell school, which drew strong opposition from community members. Residents voiced concerns about the previous depiction of the school as unsuitable and the idea of placing preschoolers in a building considered substandard. Moreover, the board discussed the construction of the South Hunterdon Regional Elementary and Middle Schools, with completion dates set for June 2024 and March 2025, respectively. The unification of the district mascots to Eagles was another topic of interest. Several updates and reports on the preschool expansion program, district policies, and communication tools were also presented.

At the forefront of the meeting was the potential closure of the West Amwell school, a topic that sparked debate. Community members, including a resident named Joseph Wright, expressed strong opposition to the closure, emphasizing the importance of the school’s condition and the community’s attachment to it. The board faced scrutiny over the decision-making process and was urged to reconsider the closure due to its impact on the community and the school’s historical significance.

The growth of the preschool program was another major topic of concern. The superintendent outlined the district’s plans to expand preschool classes as part of a statewide initiative to provide universal preschool. This expansion would be funded by state aid, which would cover expenses related to staff, curriculum, and facilities. Questions arose regarding the need for additional classrooms and the accuracy of a demographic study used to anticipate program growth. Resident Andrea Little emphasized the importance of understanding the origins of the incoming preschool students to ensure adequate planning and facilities.

Further discussions included the construction updates on the South Hunterdon Regional Elementary School and Middle School. The construction permit for the middle school was recently received. As part of the district’s rebranding efforts, art students were challenged to design the new Eagles mascots for the elementary and middle schools, promoting school spirit and unity.


During the public comment session, residents expressed gratitude towards a former board member and raised questions about transparency regarding job postings, construction costs, and demographic data. The board provided responses to some inquiries and committed to addressing others, particularly those related to the demographic calculations and construction cost processes.

The meeting also touched on the implementation of Parent Square, a program designed to improve communication between teachers, students, and parents. The board deliberated on the high impact tutoring press release and the revised school calendar draft, which included a suggestion to incorporate built-in snow days.

In addition to these topics, the meeting featured reports from various committees including the Personnel Committee, which discussed negotiations with administrators and bus drivers, and the Curriculand Technology Committee, which reported on updates to the technology, a special education manual, and plans to improve the theater program. The Policy Committee’s review of policies related to the education of homeless children and youth, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and food services sparked further discussion.


Lastly, the board’s decision to enter an executive session was announced, focusing on negotiations and other sensitive matters that required confidentiality.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Anthony Suozzo
School Board Officials:
Jim Gallagher (President), Roni Todd-Marino (Vice President), Martha Dennis, Gina Fischetti, Brian Keyes, Kevin Koveloski, Traci Paciulli, Michael Strouse, Meagan Warner

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