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September 15, 2017

September 26 referendum seeks funding for crucial construction projects

NJ has committed 40% State Aid to the cost of the referendum items

Voters reminded to vote 2-8 PM at the polls or VOTE BY MAIL

Montville Township, New Jersey – A school bond referendum election will be held

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. Voting will be at regular polling places throughout Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco. Those who cannot attend the polls are encouraged to VOTE BY MAIL. VOTE BY MAIL ballot applications are due to the Morris County Clerk’s Office by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 19.

If the September 26 referendum passes, the district will secure, through the sale of bonds, necessary funding in order to complete crucial construction projects in each of Montville Township’s seven educational facilities. The State of NJ has committed 40% in State Aid to share in the cost of completing the capital projects addressed in the referendum.

Roof repairs, restroom renovations, media center upgrades, gymnasium restorations, installation of energy-saving HVAC controls, and air conditioning the remaining non-air-conditioned instructional spaces, are the items addressed by the September 26 referendum.

These referendum projects were submitted to the Office of Facilities at the New Jersey Department of Education last spring. Upon DOE review all were deemed eligible for

40% State Aid. This financial assistance from NJ will result in more than $7 million in savings for Montville Township.

Historically over $1 million annually is budgeted for maintenance projects in the district. However, the facilities, which are used before, during and after school, on an almost daily basis, by the district and the community, are currently in need of several critical construction projects. At the rate of $1 million annually, it would take 17 years to complete the $17.6 million worth of vital items addressed by the September 26 referendum. These items require a more expeditious approach in order to achieve optimal facility maintenance. This is why, when seeking a referendum, the Montville Township Board of Education applied for and received NJ State Aid.

There are three questions to the September 26 referendum. Question #1 – The Base Question – must pass with a majority of votes in order for Questions #2 and/or #3 to pass.

Question #1 addresses partial roof repairs, restroom renovations, energy-saving HVAC controls and Media Center updates. Question #1 must be approved by voters in order for Questions #2 and/or #3 to pass. Question #2 addresses gymnasium and All Purpose Room renovations. Question #3 involves completing air conditioning in the instructional spaces of all seven schools.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7:45 PM, The Montville Board of Education will review the referendum and the items addressed by Questions #1, #2 and #3, at the regularly scheduled BOE meeting. The meeting will be held at The Montville Township Municipal Building, 195 Changebridge Road, Montville, NJ. The community is encouraged to come out and learn more about the 40% cost sharing commitment the State of NJ has made to the September 26 referendum. 

September 11, 2017

Paving, Painting, Turf: Montville Township Busy with Projects

StreetMONTVILLE, NJ – You’ve probably been stuck using detours all summer but appreciated the end result of all the paving that’s happened in an approximately $1 million township-wide allocation towards paving projects. Lots of other capital improvements have been happening in the township, or are on the schedule. To read more click the following words, "click here"

A Busy Fall for Montville Township Residents in Store

FallMONTVILLE, NJ – School may have just begun, but fall is going to be a busy time in Montville Township with many programs going on. Residents can help clean up the township, attend the first Montville Township Day held in many years, or sign up for Recreation Department programs. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Football Victorious Over Vernon in Home Opener

FootballMONTVILLE, NJ - The sky wasn’t the only thing that was electrifying in Montville Friday night. So was the offense of the Montville Mustangs’ football team as they lit up the visiting Vernon Vikings with a final score of 47-12 in their first game of the 2017 season. Quarterback Mike Burke looked sharp in all facets of his game in the win, throwing for two touchdowns while adding another pair on the ground. He had 167 yards of total offense with 95 passing and 72 rushing. Deen Ninche was on the receiving end for both TD passes and finished the night with three catches for 68 yards. To read more click the following words, "click here"

New teachers, administrators and staff attended orientation at Montville Township Public Schools on August 30, 2017

3,800 students will begin a new academic year on Wednesday, September 6

Montville, New Jersey – Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar welcomed more than 40 new faculty, staff and administrative team members on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Scheduled for two days of training and orientation, the new hires will be joined by nearly 700 returning staff members, on Friday September 1 as the district prepares for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

“Being selected for a position in the Montville Township Public Schools is a very thorough process,” said Rovtar. “From the paper screening to the building level interviews and finally in Central Office interview we recognize that selecting the best teachers is critical to our mission.  It is precisely because we have seen in each of you the ability to help us fulfill our mission that we have selected you for the positions you hold.  It is the collective feeling of the district administration that we have truly chosen the best of the best.”

Those assembled included teachers of Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, World Language, Spanish, Video Technology, Media, Music, Speech and many other specialties. Their collective skills span all curriculum areas and will impact students in each of the seven Montville Township Public Schools.  In all, the district welcomed 24 new full and part-time teachers, 10 long term and replacement substitutes, 5 counselors and nurses and 5 support staff members. In addition, several new administrators were welcomed including: Supervisor of World Language Jessica Clarke, Business Administrator Katine Slunt and the Principal of Robert R. Lazar Middle School Michael Pasciuto.

This year Montville Township will launch several new educational initiatives across the district. Among them is an expanded World Language program in Spanish and the implementation of the exciting hands-on Next Generation Science Standards at the elementary level.

At the district’s Robert R. Lazar Middle School the award winning daily news program, LNN (Lazar News Network), will receive an upgrade in video production equipment. 

New course offerings in “AP Computer Science Principals” and “Principals of Anatomy,” as well as a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all students are just a few of the plans scheduled to be implemented during the upcoming year at Montville Township High School.

Montville Township Board of Education President Dr. Matthew Kayne echoed Rovtar’s sentiments.

“We are proud of the quality of the instruction in our seven schools,” Kayne said. “The quality of our administration, the strength of our support staff, and the collaborative relationship between the Board of Education and every aspect of our school community; we are all truly here to help and support your efforts.”

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, new and returning faculty, staff and administrators will welcome 3,800 pre-K to grade 12 students to Montville Township Public Schools’ seven instructional facilities and the 2017-2018 academic year.


Teen Programs (Grades 6-12)  


Lego Challenge

Mondays, September 11th and 25th from 2:30-4:30

Join us to build with legos - chance to win gift certificates for your creations!

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 12th at 4:00

Help us decide what materials to buy, and what events, activities, and services we offer to you.

Registration Required

STEAM Project: Cuneiform

Wednesday, September 13th at 4:00

Learn how to write in the first written language and about the future of data preservation.

Registration Required

Chinese Yo-Yo Class

Wednesday, September 27th at 4:00

Instructor Andrew Sun-Yan will teach the basics of the Chinese yo-yo.

Registration Required

Cookies and Conversations

Thursday, September 7th from 2:30 to 4:00

Enjoy cookies and stimulating conversations!

Registration Required

Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Fridays, September 15th and 29th at 2:30 and 4:00

Join our Brawl Tournament, fight your friends, win gift certificates!

Registration Required

Chess Club

Mondays, beginning September 25th at 7:00 pm

The US Chess Federation teenage champion of the state, Maxwell Weinstein, will run the library's new chess club. Join us to play with your friends or to get some tips from the pro!

Registration Required


Montville Library Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Viva Flamenco: A Performance and Lecture 

Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2:00 pm ·  For All Ages

Viva Flamenco explores the roots of Gypsy flamenco, bringing audiences an appreciation of music and movement as a means to oppose oppression, and demonstrating the strength and dignity of dance.  

Registration Required

DIY Sapo Game

Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 4:00 pm ·  For Grades 4-12 

Build and learn to play the traditional Peruvian game of Sapo.

Registration Required

Cookies and Conversations

Thursday, Oct. 12 at 2:30 pm ·  For Grades 6-12

In this special edition of Cookies and Conversations, we will discuss issues and problems currently facing the Hispanic-American community.

Registration Required

Middle school science initiative part of Emmy® nominated Classroom Close-up, NJ program. Regional Emmy® ceremony will take place Saturday, September 9 in Hershey, PA.

Montville Township, New Jersey – On Sunday, September 9, 2017, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hold the regional 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award (1) event in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In Montville Township, New Jersey, all eyes will be on Classroom Close-up, NJ‘s coverage of STEM PALS. STEM PALS is an award-winning initiative co-created by science teachers Marisa Castronova-Wos, of Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, and Jess Shackil of Intervale School in Parsippany, New Jersey. Their innovative and interactive approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) was featured last spring on episode #20 of  Classroom Close-up, NJ’s (2) 23rd season.

The STEM PALS episode of Classroom Close-up, NJ, which aired in June 2017, was nominated in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs Program.

Classroom Close-up, NJ, has received fifteen Emmy® Awards in its 24 year history. The STEM PALS episode was one of four nominations received in 2017 by Classroom Close-up, NJ. 

Produced by New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and NJTV, Classroom Close-up, NJ highlights innovative and extraordinary educational programs and educators across NJ.

Lazar grade seven students remotely mentor Intervale grade 4 students through the STEM PALS program. In addition to reinforcing science, technology, engineering and math skills, STEM PALS promotes leadership, empathy and self-confidence. The nominated episode that includes the Lazar STEM PALS segment can be viewed here. (3)

In October, another Montville Township Public Schools initiative will be featured. Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 7:30AM &12:30PM, Valley View Elementary School’s A.C.E.S., All Children Exercise Simultaneously, will air as part of a Classroom Close-up, NJ episodeKnown as the “world’s largest exercise class,” A.C.E.S. was created by Valley View Physical Education teacher Leonard Saunders. Having been featured around the globe as a way to encourage physical activity in young people, A.C.E.S. will celebrate 30 years on May 2, 2018.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hold the regional 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award event in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 9, 2017. Classroom Close-up, NJ’s episode #20, featuring Lazar’s STEM PALS, will be among the nominated programs.

August 16, 2017

The Garden Club of Montville

On September 6, The Garden Club of Montville will be a hosting a workshop where members and guests can make a succulent container planter. Club members pay $10. Guests would pay $20. Tyler Cerbo will teach the workshop.

Meet at the Senior Center, 356 Route 202, Montville, at 6:00pm and carpool to Cerbo Garden Center at 440 Littleton Rd., Parsippany. Also, you may also meet us at Cerbo's at 6:30pm.

All participants must let us know if they will attend and make a planter by Tuesday, August 22. Contact Ursula 973-394-0856 or   or  MaryAnn 973-335-9203 or"  All participants will all go home with a beautiful work of art.

Police Across Country Reporting Carbon Monoxide Issues With Ford SUVs, MTPD Ordering Detectors

CopMONTVILLE, NJ – According to a report from NBC News, police across the country are reporting that Ford Explorer SUVs used by their departments are causing problems due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The Auburn, MA police department pulled nine Ford Explorers from their fleet recently after high levels of the toxic gas were detected, the NBC report stated. Problems have also been detected in Ford Explorers used in police departments in Texas, Louisiana and California, with departments pulling the SUVs from their fleets after accidents and problems, according to NBC.  To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Twp Recreation Concerts in Park Series Continues

RockerMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township residents were treated to hits from the past as Mighty Spectrum Band entertained all at the township at the amphitheater on Aug. 8. To read more click the following words, "click here"