Hackettstown Public Schools
Building on tradition and success, the mission of the Hackettstown School District is to educate and inspire students through school, family, and community partnerships so that all become positive, contributing members of a global society, with a life-long commitment to learning. It is the expectation of this school district that all pupils achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.
A Message from the Superintendent
Dear Hackettstown and Great Meadows Regional Schools community members,
This past November, our communities witnessed the first joint public meeting of the Boards of Education. This meeting was conducted to explore the possibility of realigning our schools K-6 and altering the send/receive relationship between the townships in grades 7 and 8. While this was the most discussed option from the feasibility study, it was an opportunity to enhance academic achievement and standards while contending with the rising enrollment in Hackettstown and decreasing enrollment in Great Meadows. Ultimately, each of these challenges has an adverse economic effect on our facilities. After much public debate, the Boards of Education decided to move in different directions, while always having the study as a mechanism to drive our future Long Range Facility Plans (LRFP).
In Hackettstown, the Board of Education selected to alter our existing neighborhood school structure into a hybrid grade based school structure. Beginning September 1, 2019, Willow Grove School will become a PK-1 facility and Hatchery Hill School will service grades 2-4. The Hackettstown Middle School will remain a grades 5-8 building due in large part to the possible negative effect and capacity concerns of moving the 5th grade to the elementary level. This restructure will enable staff to generate more productive professional development opportunities, maximization of preparation time and alignment of student learning standards - all in which equates into positive student growth.
If you recall during one of our several special meetings last spring, Pre-School services were presented to the public as an opportunity to immerse students into our school community prior to kindergarten enhancing their social, emotional and learning skill set. Additionally, this will provide a steady stream of revenue for the school district while helping to defray the cost of daycare services to parents. We witnessed tremendous growth in student achievement and social and emotional behavior with Pre-K programs implemented in Great Meadows. If you have an opportunity, please contact Mr. Michael Mai, Central School Principal, to schedule a visit.
In Great Meadows, the Board of Education chose to operate as we have in the past and not “mothball” or “suspend” Liberty School as presented as a possible option in the feasibility study. This option was presented due to the drastic drop in population in Independence and Liberty townships. While we cannot yet determine what this means from a future sustainability perspective, we are pleased to offer all three facilities to students, staff and community members in the 2018-2019 school year.
During the month of March, Shared Services Director of Security, Stephen Speirs, and I conducted a security presentation to our communities at the Hackettstown High School. The presentation focused upon district initiatives which began in 2013. It provided historical perspective and possible future security enhancements. The presentation is posted on our district websites for review. In addition, Mr. Speirs and I have been requested to conduct similar school security presentations at New Jersey School Board Associations’ Warren County meeting and the Sparta School District’s Safety and Security Summit. We take the security of our students and staff very seriously and it remains a top priority for the districts.
The next few months will move by very quickly so below is an update as to what you can expect at future Board of Education meetings which commence at 7 pm:
|April 18th||Hackettstown Public Board of Education Meeting|
|April 24th||Great Meadows Regional Public Board of Education Meeting 18-19 Budget Hearing|
|May 2nd||Hackettstown Public Board of Education Meeting 18-19 Budget Hearing|
|May 16th||Hackettstown Public Board of Education Meeting Teacher of the Year recognition|
|May 22nd||Great Meadows Regional Public Board of Education Meeting Teacher of the Year recognition|
|June 13th||Hackettstown Public Board of Education Meeting|
|2016-2018District Goals Presentation|
|L.R.F.P. Presentation – Ms. Woicekowski|
|June 26th||Great Meadows Regional Public Board of Education Meeting 2016-2018 District Goals Presentation|
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all community members a relaxing spring season and enjoyable summer.
David C. Mango
Superintendent of Schools
Great Meadows Regional and Hackettstown Public Schools
Click here to access a copy of the Prosecutor's Office Parent Public Service Message Brochure.
Click here to access a copy of the Settembrino Architect's Presentation.
Click here to access of copy of the GMRSD Explanation of Tuition Calculation Presentation.
6:30 PM HS - Senior Awards
7:00 PM BOE Meeting