Friday, February 8, 2019

Put on the old hardhat and grab the shovel!

The adage, the best things in life are worth waiting for comes to mind this morning. While waiting, one must remain patient, positive and be willing to sacrifice. Our current High School Principal, Stephanie DeRose, exemplifies these traits. I would like to thank her for her leadership and oversight of details during this complex multi-phased project. There are countless others who have been working behind the scenes to make this day possible. Watching this moment unfold now proves that the wait has been worth it. Everyday, we get a little closer to the end result – a facility worthy of our Bolts!

When I was first interviewed for the position of superintendent in MPSD, I was asked about my experience and ability to oversee the construction of a brand new high school. Fast-forward nearly 10 years later, after countless meetings and discussions, debates and challenges, we are not building a brand new school – instead, we are being frugal with the taxpayers’ dollars and making use of the existing framework of our Wade Blvd High School. We are renovating wherever possible, we are putting in smart additions where needed, and we are overhauling the campus with as little waste as possible. NJ’s resources are not limitless; this project is a great example of how the MPSD and SDA are honoring that. In the end, we are confident that we will be able to provide the students of this community with a state-of-the-art, comprehensive campus that will serve to inspire future generations of learners to come. This project will end the overcrowding and need to have two high school campuses. We will achieve greater economies of scale and efficiencies by finally housing all students 9th-12th grade in one location. This will serve as the beacon of opportunity to the community that our kids are valued! They are worthy of updated facilities. This community deserves only the best. Thanks to our partnership with the SDA, we are able to provide a campus worth of the Bolts!

In closing, I would like to thank my predecessors – both Dr. Larry Miller and Dr. Shelly Schneider because this vision began under their tenure. I am compelled to also mention our former Board President, Mr. William Herman “Bill”. While he unfortunately lost his battle with cancer, he won his battle to bring this community a ‘new high school worthy of our community’. He fought tirelessly while on the board to bring this project to this community. I would like to take a moment of silence to remember him at this time.

 Thank you