Caldwell-West Caldwell Reports Smooth Opening Day
School district welcomes 26 new staff members, 2,600 students.
Superintendent James Heinegg said Monday aside from a few technical glitches the opening of the new school year on Sept. 5 went “very smoothly."
The district's approximately 2,600 students returned to find improvements to their school buildings and grounds, from a renovated gymnasium at the high school to all new windows and a refurbished auditorium at the middle school.
The Board of Education conference room at Harrison School also has a new look. The walls have been painted two tones of blue and new flooring includes "CWC BOE" lettering in a circle in front of the board's conference table.
The Chiefs mascot in the gym was painted by Caldwell High School Principal Kevin Barnes, according to Heinegg. He said Barnes volunteered his time and spent several days after work over the summer creating the blue logo over the new bleachers.
Heinegg said at Monday's Board of Education meeting that a “handful of computer glitches” the district encountered the first week have mostly been straightened out and the district is making efforts to prevent them in the future.
Before the meeting, the board held a reception to welcome 26 new staff members to the district.
“It’s safe to say they are an enthusiastic and excited bunch of professionals,” Heinegg said.
The superintendent stopped in classrooms throughout the district last week and said he was pleased to see teachers jumping right into instruction. He said one student commented to him that it was the second day and he had already had two quizzes.
Other District News
- The Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation will award eight grants totaling $32,000 to the district, according to an announcement made by CWCEF Chairman Marie Lanfrank at Monday’s board meeting. Lanfrank said details will soon be released.
- The foundation is also planning its second annual Dancing With the Community Stars Fundraiser. The tentative date is Saturday, Feb. 23. The first annual event, which mimics the popular Dancing With the Stars reality television competition, was sold out and raised more than $10,000 for local schools.