Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The work to install a fiber optic network at the borough's elementary and middle schools will allow them to share Internet service with Pascack Valley High School.
New fiber optic cables being installed at Hillsdale's three K-8 schools will allow the district to enter a shared service agreement with Pascack Valley High School that will improve Internet speed and save the district money. The Hillsdale Board of Education approved a $110,137.43 contract with Millennium Communications Group to install the network and an additional $2,300 for an annual inspection after the warranty period during their meeting Monday night. Millennium submitted the lowest of three bids for the project, according to district officials. The funds for the project have been alloted in this year's $21 million budget. The Hillsdale and Pascack Valley Regional Boards of Education both previously voted to approve a shared service …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Both the Hillsdale and Pascack Valley School Boards approved their budgets last week.
The average Hillsdale homeowner will see a combined increase of $228 for the K-8 and regional school districts next year. The average Hillsdale home was assessed at $549,000 before the revaluation and $469,400 now. Both the Hillsdale and Pascack Valley Regional Boards of Education approved their respective budgets last week. Hillsdale approved a $21 million budget with a $99 increase for the average homeowner. Pascack Valley approved a $48 million budget with a $129 increase for the average Hillsdale homeowner, though the change in the tax levy varies for each of the four towns in the district. The tax levy for Hillsdale Schools will increase 1.97 percent next year. The Pascack Valley tax levy will increase 2 percent. State law allows …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Police visited Meadowbrook and Smith School for "Read Across America Day."
Wednesday, March 13
Hillsdale police officers participated in the nationally-recognized "Read Across America Day" earlier this month.The program coincides with birthday of author Dr. Seuss and is designed to encourage reading among school-aged children. On March 1, police officers visted students at Hillsdale’s elementary schools. Detective Sergeant Robert Francaviglia, Police Officer Liz Zimmerman and Police Officer William Diedtrich to read to the children of the Meadowbrook School and Smith School. The police officers visited several grades to briefly read a Dr. Seuss book that was selected by each respective class. The annual event helps to commemorate the importance of reading skills for the children and it allows the children to interact with their …
Monday, March 11, 2013
The tentative budgets for both Hillsdale and Pascack Valley Regional Schools will increase the tax levy if they are approved.
The average Hillsdale homeowner could see a school tax increase of more than $200 next year. The proposed $48 million Pascack Valley Regional Schools budget would include increases for average homeowners in Hillsdale, River Vale and Montvale, according to Business Administrator Yas Usami. The average Woodcliff Lake homeowner would see a decrease. State law dictates that regional school district tax levies be divided between the towns based on their assessed values. In Hillsdale, that means an increase of $127 for a property assessed at $549,000. The Hillsdale K-8 district's budget would cause an additional increase of $99 for that same property, for a total increase of $226 in school taxes next year if both budgets are approved by the …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Hillsdale and Pascack Valley school districts both agreed to enter a shared service agreement for high-speed Internet.
Hillsdale K-8 schools will share Pascack Valley High School's fiber optic Internet connection under a new interlocal agreement approved by both school boards Monday. The new service will improve Internet speed and capacity at the schools while saving money, according to Hillsdale Superintendent Rick Spirito. "When two districts work together, it removes duplicate services and saves both districts money," Spirito said. The shared service will take place from September 1 this year until September 1, 2018 at a cost of $1,500 per month that Hillsdale Schools will pay to the regional high school district. The agreement allows for a renewal for as many as five additional years. New fiber optic cables will be laid to connect Hillsdale's three …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The board needs to find a replacement for Debbie Loganchuk, who is resigning March 1.
A seat opening on the Hillsdale Board of Education has drawn four applicants, according to district Business Administrator Lirca Garcia. The board is searching for a new member to replace Debbie Loganchuk, who is resigning March 1. Loganchuk previously said she felt it was "time to move on" as her children have grown up. She has been a member of the board since March 2006. "It's been a wonderful experience," Loganchuk said. Board members are responsible for voting on a variety of issues affecting borough schools, including policies, personnel, finances and curriculum. The board will interview the four applicants and then choose one. The next Hillsdale Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m. Have a question or news …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The deadline to submit a letter of interest is February 4.
The Hillsdale Board of Education is looking for a new member to replace Debbie Loganchuk, who announced this week she will be resigning her seat in March. According to a notice posted on the district's website, candidates "must be registered voters who have lived in the district for at least a year, they must be able to read and write, cannot hold a contract with or claim against the school district, and have not been convicted of any crimes referenced in NJ Title 18A:12-1." Board members are responsible for voting on a variety of issues affecting borough schools, including policies, personnel, finances and curriculum. Anyone interested in applying should send a resume and letter of interest to School Business Administrator and Board …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Debbie Loganchuk has been a member of the board since 2006.
Hillsdale Board of Education member Debbie Loganchuk announced Monday that she planned to resign from the board as of March 1. Loganchuk said she felt it was "time to move on" as her children have grown up. She has been a member of the board since March 2006. "It's been a wonderful experience," Loganchuk said. Board President James Hayden said Loganchuk brought a "unique, wonderful perspective" to the district. To find a replacement, the board will place ads looking for interested candidates, then the board will interview the applicants and pick one. 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.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Hillsdale schools and police have been reviewing security procedures.
New security guards had their first day of work at Pascack Valley High School and Pascack Hills High School Monday, according to Superintendent P. Erik Gundersen. The unarmed guards were recently hired via a contract with U.S. Securities Associates to supervise the front entrance of each school. Other doors to the schools are locked and under surveillance with cameras. The contract was approved at the Pascack Valley Regional Board of Education's previous meeting. The fact that the hires were made shortly after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. was just a coincidence, Gundersen previously told Patch. The money for the guards had been inlcuded in the district's budget last year. The schools are paying about $15 per hour for each guard, …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
School officials hope their new language arts and math curricula will improve student performance.
Hillsdale students are receiving more individualized teaching this year, and school officials are hoping the change will help struggling students catch up with their more successful peers. Hillsdale school administrators presented their changes to the borough's district during a board of education meeting Monday. So far, Hillsdale teachers have already begun a new writers' workshop method for language arts and updated the district's math curriculum to bring the schools in line with New Jersey's new common core standards. "It's not just the curriculum, it's how we're modeling the lessons for our students," Superintendent Richard Spirito said. The new writers' workshop involves a short lesson, followed by writing time during which the …