Thursday, March 28, 2013
The event raised money for Meadowbrook Elementary School in Hillsdale.
Thursday, March 28
The Meadowbrook Family and Faculty Association held their annual Blue Jean Ball at Old Tappan Manor March 8. The event raised more than $10,000, which will be used to sponsor programs and events meant to enhance the quality of the Meadowbrook children’s education. Upcoming MFFA events include the parent-child basketball skills challenge set for April 5, the pasta dinner set for April 19 and the family and faculty softball game set for June 14. Editor's note: This info and the photos were supplied by Frank Pizzella on behalf of the MFFA. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Taxes will go up $99 for the average borough homeowner.
The Hillsdale Board of Education approved the district's budget for the 2013-14 year during their meeting Thursday night. The $21,269,414 budget includes a tax levy of $18,716,186, a 1.97 percent increase from this year, Superintendent Rick Spirito said. That equates to a $99 increase for the average home assessed at $469,400. The district will receive about $800,000 in state aid, but an increased Schools Development Authority fee the district must pay will cost them about $33,000, up about $11,000 from this year. Spirito also said they are anticipating a reduction of about $30,000 in federal aid. Spirito said the district will be maintaining their current class sizes and staff levels. They will also be adding a new literary coach, …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Flinn has previous experience as a class mom and co-president of the Meadowbrook FFA.
The Hillsdale Board of Education picked Krista Flinn as their new member, district Business Administrator Lirca Garcia told Patch. Flinn is a former class mom and co-president of the Meadowbrook FFA with two children in the district and another at Pascack Valley High School. "I'm really excited to join the Board of Education," Flinn said. "I think they do a terrific job and I wanted to be a part of it." Flinn said she believed that her former experience dealing with the public — and willingness to do the right thing even when it's unpopular — would be an asset to the board. During their meeting Monday, the board interviewed three candidates for the open seat left by Debbie Loganchuk, who resigned from the board as of March 1. Board …
Monday, March 4, 2013
State aid to the district will remain flat next year, but a fee will cost schools $11,000.
A fee from the state is going to cause a small net decrease in funding to Hillsdale Public Schools, according to Superintendent Rick Spirito. State funding to Hillsdale Schools will remain flat according to figures released by the state, but a fee being charged for the state Schools Development Authority (SDA) will cost the district about $11,000, according to Spirito. The SDA provides funding to districts across the state for capital projects. Hillsdale will receive $802,759 next year, the same amount as this year, according to the Department of Education. That number does not include the SDA fee. Spirito said the flat funding provided a challenge for the district because costs go up each year and officials are planning to update security…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Pascack Valley Regional District will receive $2 more in state funding next year than this year.
Westwood Regional Schools and Hillsdale Schools will receive the same amount of state aid next year that they received this year. Pascack Valley Regional Schools will see a $2 increase in state aid. Westwood Regional will receive $1,652,524, according to figures released by state officials Thursday. Hillsdale will receive $802,759. Pascack Valley Regional will receive $1,069,242. Westwood Regional Schools Acting Superintendent Rory McCourt said district officials had been planning for funding to remain flat. "It doesn't really impact us one way or the other because we had been anticipating it," McCourt said. District officials have already been working on their budget for next year, but had been waiting for the state aid figures to be …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The deadline to apply is February 26.
Tuesday, February 19
Hillsdale Public Schools are searching for a new treasurer of school monies, according to a post on the district's website. The position pays $2,500-$3,000 for the 2012-13 school year. Candidates need either school accounting experience or a School Business Administrator’s Certificate. Anyone who already is employed by or has a contract with the Hillsdale Board of Education is not eligible. The deadline to apply is 2 p.m. February 26. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to Lirca Garcia at the Anthony S. De Norchia Administration Building, 32 Ruckman Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642. Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Jim Leggate at Jim.Leggate@patch.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your inbox, …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
George G. White Middle School, Meadowbrook School and Anne Blanche Smith School were all recently awarded grants from the Bergen County Utilities Authority.
The Bergen County Utilities Authority recently awarded grants to Hillsdale's three public schools for their ongoing environmental awareness programs, according to BCUA officials. The grants will be used to expand existing programs at the schools, according to Hillsdale Green Team Member and Meadowbrook mom Steaphanie Breuer. The BCUA awarded more than $84,000 grants to 90 Bergen County schools as part of the program this year. "Even at school, we have to create a more sustainable way of handling our daily lives," Breuer said. George G. White Middle School will use a $600 grant to expand their lunchtime composting program and develop a garden which will be maintained by students. Anne Blanche Smith School received a $998 grant to expand its…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Most local board of education seats were uncontested this year.
Current Westwood Regional Board of Education President Carol Mountain and Russell Miller won two contested Westwood seats on the school board, according to unofficial election results released Tuesday night. Miller had 1,146 votes, Mountain had 1,028 votes and incumbent Susan Swietkowski had 881. Results from mail-in and provisional ballots were not immediately available Tuesday. Numbers for a Washington Township seat on the board, sought by unopposed incumbent Paul Liddy, were not immediately available. In Hillsdale, one seat on the Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education was sought by unopposed incumbent Jeffrey Steinfeld, who received 1,384 votes according to unofficial results. Two seats were uncontested on the Hillsdale Board of …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Hillsdale had, in general, smaller percentages of low-scoring students than similar school districts on the NJASK test last year.
Hillsdale students generally had smaller percentages of low scores than students from similar districts on the NJASK test last year, according to data released by the district this week. Students' scores on the NJASK are graded as either "partially proficient," "proficient" or "advanced proficient." School districts are compared to other districts from similar socio-economic areas, called District Factor Groups (DFG). Hillsdale's DFG includes some nearby towns including Paramus, Emerson and Northvale. According to the testing data released this week, Hillsdale had smaller percentages of partially proficient scores than the DFG average in all grade levels except fifth and sixth grade math. Hillsdale also had larger percentages of students …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Former Meadowbrook Principal Richard Spirito is the new superintendent of Hillsdale's public schools.
Hillsdale's new superintendent, Richard Spirito, is a familiar face in the district but is instituting some big changes this year. Spirito was previously the principal of Meadowbrook School for five years and the assistant principal of George White School for two years. Before that, he was an assistant principal in Montvale for one year and taught in Norwood for 11 years. Spirito holds a degree in elementary education from William Paterson University and a master's in administration and supervision from Montclair State University. "I've been in this district seven years and I hope to be here for many more," Spirito said. Spirito's familiarity with the district has allowed him to jump right in to making curriculum changes in order to adopt …