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  • Mrs. Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Mr. Roger Jinks, Jr.
    Assistant Superintendent

    Ms. Dora Zeno
    Business Administrator

    Ms. Margaret Widgren
    Director of Student
    Personnel Services
    District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

    31 Route 181
    Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
    (973) 663-5780


  • Band Program

    Posted by Mary Judge on 4/22/2019 2:15:00 PM

    I have received many emails regarding the future of the JTHS band program for next school year. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation being circulated among the community and on social media platforms.  

    The band director position is not being cut to part-time next year. A full-time replacement and musical co-curricular activities are, and always have been, included in the budget.  

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the building principal, Dr. Plotts, or me.

    Educationally yours,

    Jeanne Howe, Superintendent of Schools 

    Comments (-1)
  • Response to Assemblywoman DeCroce

    Posted by Mary Judge on 3/19/2019 2:40:00 PM

    I would like to share with the Jefferson Township community a letter written by Ms. Zeno, Business Administrator/Board Secretary and me in response to an inquiry from Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce and shared with Senator Joseph Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jay Webber.  

    Dear Assemblywoman DeCroce:

    Thank you for taking an interest in the state aid our district received this year and what impact this will have on our students.

    Before listing the numerous reductions our district needed to make this year, I would first like to point out our past fiscal accomplishments.  We have historically developed a tight budget that promotes the success of all our students. With minimal or no state aid increases for the last several years, our district has managed to implement the following among other improvements:

    • Use of a student data management system to analyze the performance of our students to make improvements in the educational process;
    • A 1:1 laptop program for students in grades 6-12;
    • Full-day kindergarten;
    • Makerspaces;
    • STEM electives;
    • Significant revisions to district curricula to align to standards and best practices;
    • Special education programs including an extensive transition program for our

    grade 12 - age 21 students;

    • An increased offering of Advanced Placement courses;
    • Offering PSATs for all sophomores and juniors at no cost;
    • Enhancing overall district security by purchasing a visitor management system, adding cameras for buses and buildings, installing retention vestibules in some buildings, and hiring an additional hall monitor;
    • Phasing in our bus fleet to meet current standards such as three-point seat belts, external stop cameras, and internal security cameras and complying with new laws;
    • Improving the High School auditorium to include new flooring and air conditioning;
    • Various roofing projects; and
    • Boiler Replacements.

    We were able to accomplish the above with flat aid while simultaneously accommodating increases in costs of healthcare, salary increases for staff members, increased cost of utilities, costly repairs for aging facilities, and increased number of ESL and special education students, a record number of student mental health referrals, and increased homebound instruction. It is unfair to be categorized as “overfunded” while promoting student success and implementing mandated programs with no additional aid for several years.  

    With the almost $1.2 million reduction in state aid for the 19-20 school year, on top of the $554,620 reduction in the 18-19 school year, our district will be forced to take the following measures:

    • Elimination of instructional and support positions;
    • Removal of all facility improvement projects;
    • Reduction in already sparse supply accounts;
    • Reduction of staff professional development money;
    • Discontinue upgrades to student laptops, impacting overall technology device management program;
    • Postpone purchase of two buses, impacting overall fleet management program;
    • Realignment of central office and building support staff; and
    • Initiate tuition for our inclusive pre-school disabled program.

    If our district continues to realize future budget cuts as outlined in Senate Bill 2, the impact to our district would be catastrophic.  We will be forced to reduce programs and staff, eliminate some athletic programs, reduce co-curricular activities, consider pay-to-play, reduce courtesy busing, and increase class size, among other cuts.

    The Jefferson Board of Education is hopeful that as the ramification of these budget cuts become apparent to the communities across the State, the funding formula will be reexamined and adjusted to at least keep districts’ state aid flat.  

    Should you require any additional information or would like to further discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.


    Comments (-1)
  • 2019-2020 Kindergarten Residency Verification

    Posted by Mary Judge on 1/16/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Kindergarten registration and residency verification for the 2019-20 school year is open. To register your child online, please locate the “Student Registration” tab found under the “Quick Links” section of the district’s homepage and follow to access the “Student Online Registration” link.

    Residency verification is held at the Robert F. Drummond Administrative Offices (31 State Route 181) in Lake Hopatcong/Jefferson Township, by appointment. Only those children who will be five years of age before October 1, 2019, will be eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2019. No exceptions will be made. (Please refer to District Policy 5112 – Entrance Age for further information.)

    To make an appointment or if you have any questions please call (973) 663-5780 ex 5094, between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Please do not contact the school.

    Requirements for all new, incoming students:

    1. Must be a current resident of Jefferson Township and provide proof of residency at the time of registration and verification. No exceptions will be made.
    • Homeowners: Current picture identification along with the most recent mortgage statement, deed to the home, or current tax bill.
    • Renters: Current picture identification, along with the current rental/lease agreement and utility bill (cable, electric, etc.).
    • Families who live in Jefferson and do not own or rent the property: The homeowner or renter must accompany the parent/guardian to the residency verification appointment. Please see above for documents required for registration.
    1. Student’s original birth certificate (photocopies will not be accepted).

    Families that do not have the necessary and complete documentation will be asked to reschedule.

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  • School Security

    Posted by Karen Slusark on 5/10/2018

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    As the district moves forward with increasing the security of our school buildings, I would like to bring to your attention a new protocol we will be implementing at all of our schools.

    Starting Friday, May 11, 2018, bins will be placed outside each school for parents to drop items off for their child.  Please use the intercom to notify the main office that you placed an item in the bin and be sure to have your child’s first and last name on the item.  The school staff will retrieve the item and give it to your child in a timely manner.

    Continuing the protocols already in place, you will be expected to present a form of photo identification when entering the building.  We ask that you do not hold the door open for any other visitors; each visitor must ring the main office for entry. Additionally, all visitors will be required to answer the following questions when ringing the main office:

    • Your name;
    • Whom you are here to see;
    • Purpose of your visit; and
    • If you are expected.

    We thank you for your cooperation to help us improve the safety and security of the students and staff in our buildings.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the main office of your child’s school.



    Jeanne Howe
    Superintendent of Schools

    Comments (-1)

Referendum Updates

  • The district would once again like to thank the Jefferson Township Community for their support of our Bond Referendum vote back in October 2018.  The district was able to receive 40% reimbursement from the State in grant money. Fortunately, when our credit history was reviewed by the financial institutions providing the bonds, we were able to secure loans at the rate of 3.62% which is lower than expected.

    Although it is a smaller-scale project, we are excited that the work has started!   The door locks are being replaced at Cozy Lake by Oak Security. The new locks will have a thumb lock for enhanced security and will be ADA compliant.  

    The other projects slated to occur this summer are:

    • High School Roof replacement;
    • High School Science Room Renovations;
    • Middle School Classroom Renovations;
    • Middle School Locker Room Renovations;
    • Creation of makerspace classrooms in Briggs, Cozy Lake, Stanlick, White Rock, JTMS & JTHS;
    • Various flooring projects throughout the district; and
    • Exterior Building Facade repairs at Briggs, Cozy Lake & JTHS.


    Update: 7.19.19

    Cozy Lake: 

    Outside Facade

    CL Outside Facade

    All-Purpose Room



    White Rock:

    All-Purpose Room Abatement 

    WR APR Floor Abatement

    Makerspace Flooring 

    Makerspace Flooring

    Makerspace Flooring

    Makerspace Flooring 2


    Update: 7.18.19

    Cozy Lake:

    Outside Facade Progress

    Cozy Lake Outside Facade Progress


    Ellen T. Briggs:

    Exterior Modular Wing Facade Progress

    Outside Modular

    Makerspace Room 111

    Makerspace Cleared

    Makerspace Room 111

    Makerspace Progress



    Gymnasium Lobby

    JTMS Gymnasium Lobby

    Locker Room

    JTMS Locker Room

    Floor Abatement 

    JTMS Flooring

    Panoramic View of Media Center

    JTMS Panoramic View of Media Center



    All-Purpose Room Flooring 

    Stanlick Floor Abatement

    Makerspace Flooring 

    Stanlick Maker Space Flooring


    UPDATE: (6/26-7/10):


    Media Center Moving Out, Ceilings Removed & Painting Begun

    MS Media Center Before

    MS & Mr. Vastola

    MS Media Center Drop Ceiling Removed

    MS Painting & Progress

    CL Gutted Kitchen


    Cozy Lake:

    Removal of Outside Facade:

     CL Facade

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    Cozy Makerspace


    JTMS Science Rooms:

    Classrooms B3 & 4 Emptied

    B3 B$ Empty

    B4 Flooring Removed

    MS B4 Floor Removed

    B21 Final Demolition 

    MS B21 Final Demo.

    White Rock:

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    White Rock

    All-Purpose Room Before

    WR APR


    Middle School:

    Locker Room Before

    Locker Room 1

    Locker Room Before

    Locker Room 2

    Media Center Before

    Media Center 2

    Media Center Before

    Media Center 2

    Robotics Classroom Before

    Robotics 1

    Robotics Classroom Before

    Robotics 4

    Science Classroom Before

    Science 11

    Science Classroom Before

    Science 7


    Ellen T. Briggs:

    Facade Before


    ETB Facade

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    ETB Makerspace

    Door Hardware Before

    ETB Door Lock


    ETB Door Lock After


    All-Purpose Flooring Before

    Stanlick APR Floor

    Classroom Before

    Stanlick Classroom

    Kitchen Flooring Before 

    Stanlick Kitchen Flooring

    Closet Before

    Stanlick Closet

    Makerspace Classroom Before

    Stanlick Makerspace


    High School:

    Roof Areas A,B,C, & D

    ABCD Roof Before

    Roof Areas C & D Before

    C&D Roof

    Auxiliary Gym Roof Before

    Aux. Roof

    Fascia Before

    C8 Fascia

    Fascia Before

    C9 Fascia

    Science Lab Before

    C7 Science Lab

     Makerspace Classroom Before

    HS Makerspace

    Wood Shop Classroom Before


    Wood Shop Classroom Before

    Woodshop 2

    C7 Cleared Out 

    HS C7 July 2nd

    Prep Room Floor Hatch 

    Floor Hatch Prep Room 7/8

    C9 Early Demo 

    HS C9 Early Demo June 21st

    Room C8 Before

    HS C8 Before 6/21

    C8 Cleared Out 

    HS C8 Cleared Out 7/2

    C7 Outside Fascia

    HS C7 Outside Fascia


    May 16, 2019

    Cozy Lake:

    Before: Old Hardware 

    Old Door Hardware

    After: Updated Hardware

    CL Door After


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