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District 209’s Dr. Collins-Hart Announces Resignation as Superintendent

September 3, 2015 11:18 AM
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Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, has announced her resignation as superintendent, effective June 30, 2016.
 
Dr. Collins-Hart, currently in her eighth year as superintendent of District 209, said that she leaves with great memories of the people with whom she has worked and the accomplishments that have been made during her tenure.
 
"While facing numerous challenges, I feel honored to have been able to serve the students in our district," she said. "But challenges are meant to be faced, and we are definitely moving in the right direction. As I reflect on my tenure in the district, I marvel at where we were when I arrived and where we are today."
 
District 209 has made great strides since Dr. Collins-Hart became superintendent in 2008.
 
During her tenure, the district has seen an increase in the student enrollments and the number of opportunities in advanced placement and honors courses; an increase in the scholarship dollars at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy; continuous improvement in ACT scores at a rate higher than the state average; an increase in students with college and post-secondary admissions, including one school at 100 percent; and an increase in the regionally and nationally recognized band and NJROTC programs. In addition, the district’s finances have improved to balanced budgets for the last seven years, an increase to a bond rating of A- by Standard & Poor’s, and the highest financial status with the state since 2010 as work with the state Financial Oversight Panel has led to the FOP being positioned to exit in 2016.
 
There also have been programs added including:
  • "Double-dose" reading and math instructional programs with new instructional resources to support students deficient in reading and math
  • An International Baccalaureate program at PMSA with plans to expand to Proviso East and Proviso West
  • A new truancy prevention program and restructured Evening School program
  • A transportation program at Proviso East and Proviso West
  • Expanded technical and career education programs including a pre-engineering program, barber academy, cosmetology school, certified nursing program, and a regionally recognized auto mechanics program
  • New programs for freshmen such as the new Freshman Learning Academy and the Summer Bridge Support Program for incoming ninth-graders
  • A National Quality Lunch program to allow all students access to free meals
  • A successful ACT prep program and annual college tour
  • Afterschool tutorials with transportation provided for academic programs
  • A Restorative Justice program and new crisis training program to better equip staff with the skills needed to proactively and sensitively address troubled youth
  • Increased reading and math instructional programs
  • A pre-International Baccalaureate program at PMSA with plans to expand to Proviso East and Proviso West
  • A new truancy prevention program and restructured Evening School program
  • A transportation program at Proviso East and Proviso West
  • Expanded technical and career education programs including a pre-engineering program, barber academy, cosmetology school, certified nursing program, and a regionally recognized auto mechanics program
  • New programs for freshmen such as the new Freshman Learning Academy and the Summer Bridge Support Program for incoming ninth-graders
  • A National Quality Lunch program to allow all students access to free meals
Dr. Collins-Hart also has overseen new training programs for staff including a program to recruit, retain, and mentor new teachers; cultural proficiency training for faculty and staff; and new state teacher and administrator evaluation plans. She also has brought stability to the district’s central office and reestablished an administrative team that is charged with supporting schools and improving teaching and learning.
 
"Serving as superintendent of District 209 has been an experience that I will always cherish," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "I wish much continued success for our Board of Education, our students, our staff, and communities in helping to 'Keep Proviso Rising.'"
 
A copy of Dr. Collins-Hart’s letter of resignation to the Board of Education can found by clicking here.
 
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