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Hoboken District Looking to Introduce Junior-Senior High School Model

The Hoboken Board of Education is looking to move the seventh grade into the high school. A public meeting to discuss this with parents will be held.

The Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback are considering a plan in which Hoboken's seventh graders could move into the High School next school year.

Rather than adopting a middle school model in the district — which was discussed last year — Toback said he is now looking into the option of a junior-senior high school.

The seventh graders would be able to use the high school's resources, but won't be in class with the high schoolers, Toback said.

"It'd be like a school within a school," Toback said. There'd be electives and programs for the seventh graders.

"At that age they're trying to learn about the world," Toback said. "It opens up a world of new learning opportunities."

Before a decision will be made, parents will have the opportunity to chime in, Toback said. A forum will be scheduled for the last week of February.

staypositive February 22, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Jersey City students are enrolled in our Hoboken Public School system because our enrollment it at an all-time low! The hs would be forced to close, so they continue to take out-of-town children and force our 8th and 7th graders to attend school in the building to justify it remaining open.
pdq February 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM
UGH! You really should do your homework. Charter schools are locally funded public schools and have non resident students, as well. JC students in both Charter and district school Per pupil costs are covered by JC, so is their transportation costs,( if the home district is a bussing district). If the home district is not a bussing district, no money is granted for the transportation costs unless, it is a special education student requiring such services, which again means the home district (JC) NOT the receiving district, would be liable for the costs. Which is another reason (aside from the fact that it is only a 1 sq mile city) that Hoboken taxpayers would not want the district to become a bussing district. Districts that have schools more than 2 miles from a residential home are "bussing districts". One mile doesnt make the state standard. Oh and regarding your recommendations, check the minutes or watch the meetings.......".improve the education, update the books and curriculum, and address the behavioral problems at the HS" has been done or is ongoing.
staypositive February 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Why is it that you only responded to my comment about transportation? I'm fully aware that the sending district pays for transportation' however you are only kidding yourself if you believe out-of-town students are not benefiting from Hoboken tax dollars. Again, the main reason for putting 7th and 8th graders in the hs is to increase the number of students in the building. Do your own homework and you won't be able to deny the fact that our district is at an all time low enrollment and NJ ASK scores continue to decline.
REDWINGER February 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM
THE HOBOKEN BOARD OF EDUCATION IS DESPERATE UPGRADE THEIR STUDENT POPULATION, MOVING 7TH GRADERS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT ACADEMICALLY, SOCIALLY NOR SAFE......DID YOU KNOW IF THIS IS PASSED THERE IS NO GRADUATION, YEAR, NOR RECOGNITION OF THE STUDENTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR THEIR EIGHT YEARS. NO GOODBYES OF TREASURED MEMORIES TO THEIR PEERS AND TEACHERS, PLEASE PLEASE GO TO THE MEETING AND VOICE YOUR OPINION. DO YOUWANT YOUR 7TH GRADERS USING THE SAMEREST ROO, LOCKER ROOMS, AS 12TH GRADERS. I THINK NOT. I URGE ALL TO ATTEND THE SCHEDULED MEETING ON THIS MATTER. IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO SAY WHERE YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD GET EDUCATED. THANK YOU...HOPE TO SEE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS AND PUBLIC ATTHIS MOST IMPORTANT MEETING REMEMBER ALSO HHS HAS JERSEY CITY CHILDREN ENROLLED THERE AND THE ENROLLMENT IS STILL LOW. TALK ABOUT BEING DESPERATE TO RAISE ENROLLMENT THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE.
Journey February 23, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I did not mean to say that JC kids would not be in the same classes. I meant that 7th graders will not be in the same classes as 12th graders. But you knew that you, didn't you?

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