The proposed referendum targets long-term facility needs with a focus on curricular enhancements for technology-rich classrooms and improved arts and athletics facilities. The process began with our Board of Education surveying our faculty and administrator's concerns with our aging and limited facility. Next, the Board carefully interviewed a competitive pool of architects in public for this important project, and it has selected FKA Architects to guide the initiative.
Now, we are in our next stage of the process in which a Steering Committee with representatives from all facets of our community has been developed to analyze the initial FKA referendum draft. The Steering Committee is composed of several sub-committees that will provide direction and guidance as we refine the initial designs.
| Steering Sub-Committee Chairs|| Goal & Outcomes|
|Mountain Lakes High School: Principal Jeremy Davies and BOE member Joseph Cataliotti ||The sub-committee of school administrators, teachers and community members will focus on changes needed for the high school to ensure our students are ready for college and today's ever-changing, 21st-century economy. |
|Briarcliff Middle School: Principal Fran Schlenoff & BOE member Elena Goldthwaite ||The sub-committee of school administrators, teachers and community members will focus on enhanced facilities that will help our young adolescents prepare both academically and socially. |
|Wildwood School: Principal Beth Azar & BOE member Bill Koy ||The sub-committee of school administrators, teachers and community members will focus on a more secure elementary building for our youngest learners.|
|Community Impact: Business Administrator Dan Borgo & BOE member John Kaplan||The sub-committee will meet with local stakeholders to focus on how to alleviate the tax burden on our Laker residents. |
|Alumni Giving & Corporate Sponsorship: Director of Curriculum Frank Sánchez & BOE members Jack Gentul and Julie Shepherd ||It is the sub-committee's mission to nurture the relationships between our alumni, as we continue to communicate with our friends, parents, and alumni, both near and far. We are proud to have the opportunity to work with so many Lakers, who generously volunteer their time, talent and treasure to continue to build a web of support for the future of Mountain Lakes Schools. It is our goal to incorporate the alumni, corporate partners, and community members with the referendum process. |
Please note: Members-at-Large include Superintendent Anne Mucci, Supervisor of Building and Grounds Mark Prusina, and H&SA leaders
The first meeting of the Steering Committee took place on Tuesday, April 26th at 7:30pm in the Mountain Lakes High School Library. That presentation is embedded below. The sub-committees met and they scheduled future meetings. Any minutes that the sub-committees create will be published here, at the bottom of this webpage.