Schools Superintendent Outlines District Goals

James Heinegg wants to improve district communication and make student information more available to parents.

With a little less than two months into his new position as Superintendent of the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, outlined his preliminary goals for the new school year at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Heinegg's goals range from preparation for upcoming state evaluations to improving communication, both with the public and within groups serving students.

While the Board will discuss these  goals at a workshop on Wednesday and plans to formally adopt them on Wednesday evening, the following outlines Heinegg's preliminary goals.

  • Communication and Public Relations: Heinegg would like to continue to improve communication links with the community.
  • Student Information System: As Heinegg explained, this system is largely invisible to the public, but is the database for all student information and scheduling. Heinegg would like to explore other systems to determine if an upgrade is needed.
  • Tracking State Monitoring: The district will have mandatory state observation beginning September 2013. In addition, the state monitoring for QSAC, (Quality Single Accountability Continuum) is scheduled for the upcoming school year.
  • Development of Long Term Strategic Plan: As Heinegg noted, the Vision 2010 plan has been completed, with last year serving as an evaluation year. The Board will spend time in workshops developing a new five year plan. 
  • Kindergarten Enhancement: While the district decided in 2007 that a full day kindergarten was not financially feasible, Heinegg would like to explore other options for enriching the kindergarten year. Both Heinegg and West Caldwell Resident Ellen Raimondi pointed out with many kindergarten students attending the YMCA before- or after-care program at , the teachers for this program should be communicating with the district teachers to coordinate and complement their respective curriculum. 
  • Finding additional revenue sources

New Staff Appointments

In addition to appointing as the new Vice Principal at , (JCHS) the BOE approved the following appointments:

  • Holly Posnett as a third grade teacher at
  • Laura Dantoni as a teacher of family and consumer science at JCHS
  • Kaleigh Kaithern as a Kindergarten teacher at
  • Danielle Alvarado as a maternity leave replacement art Teacher at JCHS
  • Iliana Aviles as a maternity leave replacement Spanish teacher at JCHS
  • Jaclyn Moriarty as a maternity leave replacement English teacher at JCHS
  • Marie Palma as a maternity leave replacement English teacher at JCHS
  • Beatriz Romero as a maternity leave replacement Spanish teacher at JCHS
  • MarySue Rossinow as a maternity leave replacement mathematics teacher at JCHS
  • Jack Russoniello as a maternity leave replacement mathematics teacher at JCHS
  • Jonathan Schulman as a maternity leave replacement special education teacher at JCHS

The BOE also reached a three-year contract agreement with the Caldwell-West Caldwell Administrator's Association. Under the agreement school administrators will receive a 2 percent raise. 

GlenRock Joe August 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Great news. I hope the communication improves at my child's school (Washington).
WC August 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Improved communication from the school to the home is a must. I dont think there was much effort in this regard during the past two or three years.
George August 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Ummm. 8 teachers on the maternity leave at JCHS (???)... Doesn't it seem a little high number???
Caldwell Oldtimer August 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM
The new Superintendent’s interest in improving communication is interesting and might even be commendable, except that it is largely outside the immediate interests of parents and students. Obviously a Superintendent has to look at the big picture- and almost all of these topics qualify as being in the big picture, but there are some that seem like candidates for attention and improvement: Communications and PR- Check out the CWCBOE website for “Communications.” Every item on the list is in the past. It could be an archive, except that it is not comprehensive in any way. This can’t be blamed on summer vacations as the oldest items are from 2009. The District doesn’t have to do a study or purchase software to maintain its own website. The “Student Information System,” as described in this press release, sounds terribly out of date and inadequate and a good choice for improvement. West Essex put in a new system a few years ago- how is that working? Does it have anything to recommend it to C-WC? “Tracking State Monitoring” and “Development of a Long Term Strategic Plan” sound important to administrators, but take a back seat to teacher-student and teacher-parent communication. (continued . . .)
Caldwell Oldtimer August 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM
(. . . continued) Teacher email: The tab on the Home Page labeled “Teacher Email” looks like a promising route to communicate with faculty, but requires a sign-in process- even though many of the teacher emails are already scattered around the site on various pages related to departments or other criteria. It makes me wonder if parents and the community are being discouraged or encouraged when it comes to communicating with teachers. Does the culture of the district encourage the use of email for communication between faculty and staff? If not, then it probably isn't being encouraged for faculty and parents. Communication about homework assignments: This is an area I would like to see improved, although it is not mentioned. Some teachers post homework assignments on a website and many do not. Others send email to students and parents. Parents who are trying to keep aware of their child’s homework may have a child who is not cooperative or has difficulty being organized about writing down homework assignments from the board. Some districts require teachers to post homework every day, either on a website or by email. Unfortunately some of these districts do not make sure this happens. It is particularly frustrating for parents of some special education students. Isn’t this at least as important as “Kindergarten Enhancement” with the YMCA after school program?
Bridget August 30, 2012 at 02:43 AM
George is there a cap on how many women teachers can get pregnant?
Skippy August 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Oldtimer, The Teacher email sign-in tab is for the faculty member to be able to log in remotely to view his or her email. To be able to locate a particular staff member's email go to the school drop down then to staff and click on the name of the individual you want. With your concerns about homework I suggest asking the individual teacher what his or her method of communication is. I am sure the individual will be willing to share this information either at the beginning of the school year or at the open house.


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