Macopin Middle School…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to move the sixth grade class (current fifth graders) to Macopin School in September, 2020; the presentation from last evening can be found on our website. Though this realignment has been investigated for over 30 years, we most recently began discussing this in June and formed multiple sub-committees to discuss specific areas (academic, scheduling, transportation, etc.) that needed additional review. The sub-committees finished their work in early December and a recommendation to make this transition was made by me at the meeting last night.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers (Board of Education members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members) who volunteered for one or more sub-committees this past autumn. We will continue our work through the winter and spring and further develop our plans to make this transition as seamless as possible.

If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Lastly, I wish you all a joyful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

 

Best,

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2019 Standardized Testing Report…

October 30, 2019

Dear WMTPS Community,

Last night at the Board of Education meeting, the administrative team presented the annual Standardized Testing Report to the Board and to the community. These assessment results from the 2018-2019 school year revealed that our efforts to continually improve are paying hefty dividends. Some highlights include:

  • Math scores district-wide increased by 7.9%
  • English language arts scores district-wide increased by 8.0%
  • Math scores higher than the State average in 6 of 9 grades
  • English language arts scores higher than the State average in 6 of 8 grades
  • Five Year Trend: Significantly higher passing rates in every grade for both math and English language arts

Our goal this year is to build on these successes. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2019-2020 Budget…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last week an article was written questioning the transparency of the 2019-2020 budget presentation. I will try to clear up some misunderstandings.

  • The budgeting process is a six-month long endeavor that begins in October and ends with the Public Hearing on the Budget, which was held this year on April 30.
  • The tax levy increase in the 2019-2020 budget is 1.99%. This was presented on pages 6, 8, and 12 of the PowerPoint and, in addition, the budget was advertised on April 24 in The Herald News.
  • On page 12 of the PowerPoint, the tax levy impact was detailed and discussed relative to the average assessed home. You will notice that the assessed home value decreased from $247,000 to $242,500. This information came directly from the West Milford Township Tax Assessor’s Office on February 1. This figure is calculated by the Tax Assessor’s Office and is never estimated by the School District. We simply use this figure to compute the tax levy impact on the average assessed home. Assessed home values change over time and this year it decreased by $4,500. Please also note that these figures are not the average sale price.
  • The formula used is very simple. Assessed home value multiplied by the tax rate. In this instance one number increased (tax rate) and the other (assessed value) decreased leading to an overall reduction of $2.22 on the average assessed home. Rounded to three decimal places, the tax rate increased from 2.020 in 2018 to 2.057 in 2019. The impact of this increase affects each property differently based upon its assessed value.

 

If you would like to discuss in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact my office for a meeting.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

2018-2019 Calendar Changes…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last night, the Board of Education approved changes to the 2018-2019 school calendar and, as a result, four unused snow days will be “removed” from the end of the school calendar in June. The new calendar has been posted on our website but changes are summarized here:

 

Friday, June 14 – Last full day of school

Monday, June 17 – Half day for students; Macopin Promotion

Tuesday, June 18 – Half day for students

Wednesday, June 19 – Half day for students and staff; Last day for students and staff; WMHS Graduation

Thursday, June 20 – Supplemental Professional Development Day for staff

 

In the event there is an unexpected school closing (power outage, etc.) between now and the end of school, this calendar will have to be amended again.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Marshall Hill School…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Last evening the Franklin Lakes Board of Education approved the hire of Janet Cash as Director of Special Services, effective July 1. On behalf of our students, parents, and Marshall Hill staff, I would like to thank Mrs. Cash for her service and commitment to our students. During her tenure in West Milford, Marshall Hill was named a State School of Character and she has been able to develop a culture of inclusion across general and special education. We have already advertised for this position and will involve a committee of Marshall Hill stakeholders to assist us in this process. Additional updates will be forthcoming as soon as possible.

Lastly, tomorrow, Thursday, April 4 is a delayed opening schedule for students; SACC will open at its regular time – 7:00am.

 

If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Apshawa School…

Dear WMTPS Community,

Last night, the Fair Lawn Board of Education hired Stephanie Primavera as elementary principal; her last day at Apshawa School will be July 31. On behalf of the West Milford Board of Education, our students, parents, and staff, I would like to thank Mrs. Primavera for six outstanding years at Apshawa School. During her tenure in West Milford, Apshawa School was named a State and National School of Character. In addition, Mrs. Primavera has fostered a love of reading within the school community and she will be missed by all stakeholders.

Moving forward, we will advertise for her replacement and convene a committee of stakeholders to assist us in the process. Additional information will be shared with the Apshawa community throughout this process.

 

If you have any questions about this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Outdoor Recess and a New Hire…

Dear WMTPS Community,

 

Earlier this week at the Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously hired Nina Pearsall as our new K-12 Supervisor of Special Education. Mrs. Pearsall has a B.A. in Education from Rowan University and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. She currently works as Supervisor of Special Services in the Pequannock Township School District and prior to that served as a teacher and principal in the Little Falls Public School District. Mrs. Pearsall is a graduate of our school system – Maple Road/Macopin/WMHS – and is eager to come back to her roots. Her start date is tentatively scheduled for March 21. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Pearsall (back) to West Milford.

Yesterday at the Superintendent’s Roundtable, Mr. Novak and I met with PTA representatives from each of our eight schools. One of the topics we discussed concerned recess at the elementary schools. The overwhelming consensus was for our children to have outdoor recess as frequently as possible. The benefits (healthy living, cardiovascular health, brain breaks, social skill-building, etc.) of outdoor recess are well-researched and documented and, as a District, we wholeheartedly support our parents and will continue to provide this opportunity to our students.

If you have any questions about these matters, please do not hesitate to call. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

 

Best,

 

Alex Anemone, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools