This Day in History: 1957-02-15
School Board President Howard Avery addressed the Fardale P. T. A. on three vital subjects. The shortage of space in the local schools, he said, forecast similar shortages in the area’s colleges. Unless students developed the discipline to excel in their studies they might find college doors closed to them. This was particularly dangerous to New Jersey students since more than one half of them attended out-of-state schools.
He detailed the plans for curriculum development and teacher training then underway in the Mahwah schools. He stated that one or more days during the upcoming school year would be devoted to staff development and urged citizens to participate in the process. Better schools would encourage a “higher type of newcomer” to move to the community.
His last topic was the need for civil defense in the construction of the new High School. The new campus school was being planned without basements or even corridors. As a result the local Civil Defense Council recommended that the auditorium be built without windows. This would provide some protection for about 2/3 of the students. The remainder could be sheltered in the third gym area if it were built underground with wired glass windows and inside shutters. This could be done at minimum cost.