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School Security, Centralization Explored by Community

Hackettstown Schools Superintendent holds first strategic planning meeting.

In his first year as Hackettstown Public Schools Superintendent, David Mango has faced some extraordinary circumstances, from a devastating hurricane to the national spotlight of enhanced security in the school buildings.

Mango invited the community to meet with him for a strategic planning session that would explore the future of the district, from budget-related items to curriculum and school safety.

Some 150 residents came out to join the conversation Thursday night at Hackettstown High School, according to a report on nj.com.

The session included breakout groups and Mango's consideration of a swipe security system in addition to potential dress code for students, the report said.

Mango also offered the theory of combining schools into one building, expanding Hatchery Hill School, which sits on 14 acres, and selling the Willow Grove School and Hackettstown Middle School.

For a full report on the strategic planning session, go here.

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