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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.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

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