Departing Howell School Board Members Thanked

Howell Board of Ed Building
Howell Board of Ed Building (Photo by Micromedia Publications)

HOWELL – The Board of Education said goodbye to two of its board members, Angel Sanchez and Jim Moretti, at the most recent Board meeting.

Both Sanchez and Moretti were recognized for their hard work and efforts as part of the board and were given certificates of appreciation.

Sanchez, sworn in as a board member in July of 2017, has been with the Howell School District for eight years as a coach and a long-standing member of several committees, including Operations, Safety, and Education committees.

Moretti has served as the Chairperson for both Legislative Advocacy and Safety committees as well as a member of the Finance committee. Moretti will be leaving the board but staying on as a citizen member of the committee.

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President of the board, Timothy O’Brien thanked both Sanchez and Moretti for their service, praising them for their hard work and “large hearts”.

Schoology Ambassadors for 2018

The Board also recognized Chris Collins, Social Studies Teacher at Middle School North, and Stephen Rao, Computer teacher at Ramtown Elementary, as the 2018 Schoology Ambassadors from Howell Township.

Schoology Ambassadors are “passionate, engaged, and knowledgeable leaders who are the voice of our community,” according to the Schoology website.

Collins is the newest Ambassador from Howell and accepted his award gracefully at the meeting, on crutches with a broken foot. Rao is not new to the Schoology program. He was chosen as 2017’s Ambassador of the Year for making great efforts in technology for students.

Howell is Future Ready

The Howell School District was honored at the district-wide Future Ready Schools event held at the Hall of Records in Freehold.

Future Ready means having a comprehensive approach to the technology integration, according to the Future Ready website. Howell School District will be certified as Future Ready at this event as well as recognized for their distinctive efforts at preparing students in the way of technology.

Howell has implemented an “Hour of Code” program that teaches kids the ins and outs of computer programming, starting at a young age. The Hour of Code is a “one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show how easy it is to learn the basics,” according to the Howell-Dodge Consolidated website. This unique development has contributed to making Howell Future Ready by preparing kids in all grades for a technologically-based future.

“It’s really something to be proud of,” said Joseph Isola, Superintendent of Howell Schools.