Hopewell Valley Regional School District Superintendent Tom Smith emailed an announcement about the next meeting of the Future Planning Advisory Committee established to develop and present recommendations regarding long-term planning for the district to the school Board in the fall of 2014.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:00 pm.  Representatives from the three towns that HVRSD serves will discuss current and future development plans that may impact district schools.  Representatives from the Mercer County Association of Realtors also will be at the meeting to review current and future sales trends for the Valley.

To date, the Committee has met three times and information from those meetings is available on the district website main page under the Future Planning link.

This meeting is open to any interested community member.

One or more of the MercerMe team will be at the meeting doing a bit of live tweeting (so follow us on twitter @mercermenj) and recapping with a summary post. Hope to see some of our readers there!

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  1. Hi Andrea, I’ve read the minutes from the first two meetings, and one thing is very clear — the FPC is not going to recommend anything to the BofE, which is the entity that will make the decisions. From what I heard at last night’s meeting, Smith’s mind already seems to be made up — no evidence of planned future growth in Hopewell seemed to much matter to him. He also expressed very short term forwarding thinking – 5 years seemed as far out as he could envision, when the rest of the room clearly was concerned about 15 to 20 years out.

    The FPC is an ad hoc committee that has been called by the Superintendent of Schools – not the Board of Education. It is an advisory committee to the Superintendent – not to individual Board members allowing the meetings to be open/closed to the public at the discretion of the Superintendent/Committee.

    My hope is that the Future Planning Committee and the great blogging Mercer Me is doing to follow the situation, will allow more citizens of Hopewell to cast educated votes when the time comes.

  2. The middle paragraph above is a cut and paste from the minutes of the second meeting. The following is a cut and paste from the first: . “Provide the BOE with recommendations to address the shift in enrollment among our schools and in our district.” So it seems that the committee’s charge has been changed, and that their recommendations might not reach the ears of those actually making the decisions.