Interesting news before Tuesday’s big vote on whether to elect the board of ed in Montclair…
In an effort to smarten up Montclair High School’s football players, the school district hired motivational speaker Duane “D” West, a national talking head, to the tune of $65,000.
According to NJ.com, the local jocks are scoring 2.0s when the highest GPAs are 4.6. So they’ll attend an 8th period class designed to motivate them to score touchdowns in classroom as well as on the field. Football coach Kevin Richberg came up with the idea.
Using $50,000 in federal stimulus funds for early-intervention programs, the district is paying West to teach the class every two weeks for six months, along with his team of celebrity athletes such as Odessa Turner, who won a Super Bowl playing for the New York Giants, and Johnny Davis, another Super Bowl champ with the San Francisco 49ers. They will serve as mentors.
He’s getting another $15,000 to speak at Glen Field and Mt. Hebron middle schools.
Question of the day: Anyone out there know how to become a motivational speaker?