This Day In History: 1965-03-17
The Mahwah Elementary P.T.A. once more failed to reach a quorum so that the projected expenditure of $1,000 to build a school in Latin America through the Peace Corps School-to-School program could not be voted upon.
Instead another proposal was brought before the group. High School Guidance Counselor John Bohan proposed a summer school for preschool children from Mahwah’s extreme poverty areas. Such children, he said start school without the cultural background or health care for success and 95% of them drop out at 16. His proposal was to use one of the elementary school, a trained teacher and several high school students. The program would enroll 10-15 students. Mahwah does not qualify for Federal poverty program funds and the Board of Education is prevented by law from spending money on children under school age. The High School Honor Society’s Community Service Organization had been handicapped by the lack of equipment and adequate funding. No action could be taken on this proposal because of the lack of a quorum.