Dear HTS Community:
As I assess my first year as Superintendent of Harding Township School, I am amazed at the level of support our school enjoys. Our primary task – educating all of our children – is made exponentially easier because of this support. Multiple studies have shown that involved parents are positively correlated with high-achieving students. As this goes to print, our students will be finishing the final week of NJASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) testing. Although these tests represent a simple “snapshot” of teaching/learning, we are confident that our students will, as usual, score very highly on these assessments.
As mentioned last month, our 2012-2013 school budget was approved and we are already beginning preliminary discussions about our 2013-2014 school budget. Although HTS received a small increase in state aid (from approximately $181,000 to $225,000), overall, we still receive a small fraction of the money our taxpayers send to Trenton each year. Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has presented his Fair School Funding plan to various groups in the state. His plan would alter the funding formula (currently favoring urban and inner-ring suburbs) and apply a more even funding plan for all students in all communities. I encourage you to visit his website and learn more.
Lastly, we would like to invite the entire community to two special events:
- On Sunday, May 20, the HTS PTO will host their second annual Car Show. Come to the HTS parking lot for a wonderful morning (8:30-11:30a.m.) of car exhibits. Tickets to this event are only $5 with a family limit of $15! Last year, the show featured classic cars, modern sports cars, muscle cars, Scooby Doo vans and much more.
- The annual HTS Spring Concert and Art Showcase. Come hear the Jazz Band, Orchestra and Chorus on Tuesday, May 22. The concert begins at 7:00p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium and the Art Showcase will held in the Upper School.