BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting Highlights: May 5, 2016
Curriculum. A Student Show Case, organized by Principal Mary Donohue and
many faculty for highlighting students in a “well-rounded curriculum” of the
Harding School, formed the basis of the curriculum presentation at this Board
meeting. Show Case presentations included two poetry readings by 7th graders,
presentation of two songs from the elementary school play, two selections by a
section of the Harding jazz band, songs by middle school students, a reading that
is being prepared for a public speaking contest in early June, and a display of art
work. In the realm of science and technology, four students demonstrated the
prosthetic hand that they had designed and constructed with the school’s 3-D
printer. This curriculum activity is associated with the national volunteer
program E-Nable (http://enablingthefuture.org/) to provide such prosthetic
hands for those in need.
The curriculum presentation at the May 23rd Board meeting will be from the
District Curriculum Committee. Faculty in the several academic subject areas
will give reports.
Personnel. The Board approved the assignments and salaries of 29 tenured and
certified staff for the 2016-2017 school year. The faculty, their assignments, and
their salaries (public information) can be accessed and downloaded at
(http://www.hardingtwp.org/Page/46) under the tab for the Board May 9th
The Board discussed the evaluation of non-tenured faculty in its Executive
Session. Tenure in New Jersey can now only be acquired after four years of
teaching and evaluation.
Board Action. The Board approved the Harding District’s Comprehensive Equity
Plan for the three-year interval 2016-2019. This Plan describes the District’s
policies for compliance with hiring and evaluation, and meets all requirements of
the New Jersey Department of Education.
As a follow up to the results recently obtained from the survey of Harding
graduates at Madison High School, the Board will initiate additional initiatives to
understand the results and to enable further processes for transition to high
school. Superintendent Matt Spelker will also communicate with Madison school
administration regarding some recent fiscal issues that Madison is facing and that
have been reported in the press.
Facilities and Finance. Business Administrator Robert Brown reported that the
winning (and lowest) bid for the milling and paving project of the school complex
was Fischer Contracting, Inc., at $132,450. Nine bids were received, with costs
ranging from the low bid to about a factor of two higher than the lowest. The
Board approved the award of the contract with the understanding that there are
not any material defects in the bid.
Highlights – April 11, 2016
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation by School Principal Ms.
Donohue of an important revamping of the school curriculum to re-emerge as the
Rubicon Atlas. Significant elements are:
Web-based teaching aide replaces “hard copy” curriculum guide
Costs about 5K/yr
Fully implemented by the end of school year 2017
Teachers can show students examples of what their work should look like
Parents can go online and see the course content of the subjects their
students/children are taking
Doesn’t generate a lesson plan but provides links to resources,
illustrations, & etc.
The Superintendent reported on the success of the Senior Breakfast held the
previous week which was attended by over 60 seniors. Aside from the tasty
breakfast, elements of the school play and other activities were presented which
gave the seniors the feeling that the younger generation is being well prepared as
they progress through the steps in their elementary education.
The Business Administrator reported that the contract for repaving the school
parking lot was out for bid with indications that there would be a good number of
responders for a competitive result. Work would be undertaken during the
(Note: the purpose of this brief report is to help Harding residents connect with the School by highlighting
significant items addressed by the Board and is not “meeting minutes.” Minutes are filed by the Board
Secretary and placed on the Harding School website for all to view, generally about a month after the meeting