Monday, May 6, 2013
Former assistant superintendent of Wall Schools faces three-count criminal indictment
As the story is updated, Patch readers can find the newest information on Wall Patch. Update 2:58 p.m.: Sandra Brower pleaded not guilty to the three charges brought against her during an appearance before Judge Francis J. Vernoia at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold on Monday afternoon. No bail was set and Brower was released. She is scheduled to appear in court again on June 10 at 1:30 p.m. Update 12:10 p.m.: The charges that a Wall Township teacher sexually abused a 4-year-old special needs student were unsustained following an investigation by the Wall Township Police, Christopher Gramiccioni, acting Monmouth County Prosecutor said Monday afternoon. The former assistant superintendent of Wall Township Schools was indicted …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The race, sponsored by the Keansburg Athletic Department, benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
May lunch menus for all four schools in the Holmdel district.
Scroll through the above gallery for school district lunch menus for Holmdel High School, Satz Middle School, Indian Hill Elementary and Village Elementary.
Principal Bill Loughran said the school missed the ranking by hair, because of state test scores.
Holmdel High School Principal Bill Loughran didn't let being left off of the U.S. News and World Report Top High Schools list go unanswered. The 2013 Best High Schools rankings, released in April, can help parents wade through the ever expanding options of public high schools, according to the magazine. U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia, the magazine reported. Holmdel High School was left off of the annual high school ranking published by U.S. News and World Report, despite last year's high ranking. Holmdel Principal William Loughran said in an email to parents that he had contacted the publication for an answer. "The omission is frustrating since the methodology …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
US Dept. Ed. funds $1.25 million to districts in NJ
Keansburg and Union Beach school districts are among the Sandy-impacted districts receiving funds through a $1.25 million grant from the US Department of Education, according to an announcement made Tuesday afternoon by the state Department of Education and the governor's office. Keansburg schools are receiving $322,527 and Union Beach is receiving $28,667, according to a prepared statement from the governor's office. Keansburg was awarded the largest sum, followed by Brick's $211,891 in funds (see chart below). Based on the number of applicants, funds requested, and available funding, all districts received 45% of their requested eligible expenses, the statement says. "The state announced grant awards to assist school communities as they …
Monday, April 29, 2013
NJ DOE releases School Performance Reports focused on college and career readiness.
The Department of Education released new School Performance Reports for all schools in the state for the 2012-13 school year last week. The reports include new data on college and career readiness and provide comparison to “peer schools” in order to provide a more complete picture of school performance for educators and the general public. In addition, the Department released the 2013 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending to help New Jersey residents and interested citizens learn how their tax dollars are spent in their schools. Scroll down for an updated list of article as Patch continues to analyze the state data. “These new school performance reports were developed with the input of stakeholders across the state and provide a …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Holmdel School District budgeted $15,173 per student for the current school year.
The Holmdel Board of Education budgeted $15,173 per student for the current school year, according to the NJ Department of Education. The guide breaks down the amount by category, including classroom instruction, supplies, benefits and salaries. The Holmdel district budgeted $8,548 per student for classroom instruction, and $2,893 per student for support services. Support services includes areas which supplement daily classroom instruction, including "attendance, social work, health and guidance services, educational media/school library services and the child study team," according to the NJ Department of Education. The district budgeted $8,158 per student on salaries and benefits for teachers, a $318 increase from the previous budget. …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
In a kindergarten through third grade school, chronic absenteeism impacts college readiness according to the state.
According to the NJ Department of Education State Report Card, Village School only outperformed 6 percent of its peer schools in college readiness. But college readiness is measured by chronic absenteeism at the elementary level, and Superintendent Barabra Duncan said in a school with only kindergarten through third grade, this can add up. Village missed the maximum 6 percent state target for chronic absenteeism by one percent. "We understand that little ones are frequently ill, and parents tend to take them out of school for vacations. We need to adjust the culture as far as the idea that school for little ones can be more flexible," Duncan said. "It does matter, we are being held accountable, and we don't want to fall into this pattern …
By Leann Coppola, a senior at Raritan High School.
Thursday, April 25
Raritan High School senior Leann Coppola is a student representative to the Board of Education. She gave this schools roundup report at Lillian Drive School on Monday, April 22. This was her last report before Bianca Lucarini takes the reigns. Good evening everyone, to start off I would like to announce that this will be my last meeting as Student Representative. Though I am very sad that this amazing opportunity is coming to an end, I would like to thank the Board of Ed., all of the principals, teachers and staff in our district for their support over the past year. I am positive that the new student representative will do an incredible job though she does have big shoes to fill. Now to report on our district: Sycamore Drive Early …
Administrative costs totaled $1,585 per student, and legal services totaled $19 per student. Supplies and classroom textbooks totaled $426 per student.
The Hazlet Board of Education budgeted $13,588 per student for the current school year, according to the NJ Department of Education. The guide breaks down the amount by category, including classroom instruction, supplies, benefits and salaries. The Hazlet district budgeted $8,181 per student for classroom instruction, and $1,662 per student for support services. Support services includes areas which supplement daily classroom instruction, including "attendance, social work, health and guidance services, educational media/school library services and the child study team," according to the NJ Department of Education. The district budgeted $1,470 per student on salaries and benefits for teachers, a $144 increase from the previous budget. …