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Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. We certainly hope that you have enjoyed a well deserved, safe, happy, and memorable summer break.

We look forward to incorporating the traditional full-time in-person schedule as we return to school in September. Clearly, returning to a regular school day is in the best interest of our students academically and socially. Through careful evaluations and the spirit of ongoing cooperation, we are planning to minimize the impact of the pandemic on our operation and do our very best to keep the schools open for the students.

MCVTS is the oldest full-time county vocational school system in the United States. Three of our District Schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Students choose MCVTS because of our schools' rigorous standards as well as our unique academic, technological and career-focused offerings for the students. The District continues to investigate best practices and updates curricular offerings on a regular basis to ensure state-of­ the-art programs for all of our students.

During the spring and summer months of 2021, the staff and the Board of Education have been working to develop meaningful District Goals for the 2021-2022 school year. Clearly, we recognize that over the past 18 months, the students and staff experienced many challenging situations. As we return to school in September, we must focus on the student and staff emotional needs and academic support systems for students. The first two District Goals focus specifically on these initiatives. Please note:

  • The first goal will be dealing with Culture and Climate and states, "The District will work to enhance the Culture and Climate of the schools for the students, staff and parents "
  • The second goal will focus on Academic Assessment and Remediation and states, "The District will assess the students' current academic status, adjust instruction and offer remedial assistance as needed "
  • The third goal will deal with alignment with Middlesex County and states, "The District will work cooperatively with the Middlesex County Officials to align operations and establish a meaningful brand story, brand architecture and visual identity for the District "
  • The last goal will focus on facilities and states, "The District will conduct a comprehensive districtwide facility needs assessment in order to develop long and short-term planning strategies and priorities for the buildings and grounds throughout the District"

The family plays a critical role in the education of our students. We encourage the parents to get involved in the curricular and extracurricular activities offered in the District and, most importantly, frequently communicate to the staff to help enhance educational experience for the students.

The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority. As we return to full-time in person instruction on September 8th, the District will be following the guidelines from the Governor, the New Jersey and Middlesex County Departments of Health and the CDC. All students and staff will be required to wear a mask indoors regardless of their vaccination status and social distancing standards will be followed to the greatest extent possible in all settings. The district team updated the Safe Return to In-person Instruction and Continuity of Service plan that is posted on our website.

In closing, I would like to thank all of the students, parents and staff for their cooperation, flexibility and tenacity in dealing with the challenges over the past two school years. We look forward to a rewarding and successful school year for our students and staff during the 2021- 2022 school year.

Robert P. Mooney
Interim Superintendent of Schools