Monday, June 4, 2012
June 5 is the deadline to file nominating petitions with the county clerk for November school board elections.
Let's say you're concerned about the services your special needs child is receiving at school. Or maybe you think testing scores for your district should be higher. Perhaps the school portion of your tax bill just seems out of whack to you. Then there's the possibility that you think the education your older child is receiving is top notch and you hope that that level of excellence continues for your younger kids. If any of these notions resonates with you, perhaps you'd like to consider running for your town's school board, but you need to bust a move because the deadline for filing is Tuesday, June 5 at 4 p.m. School board seats in 468 of New Jersey’s school districts will be on the ballot Nov. 6, the date of the General Election. For …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
School board member Mike Sockol explains why school board elections are moving from April to November.
Roughly 90 percent of the school districts in New Jersey recently decided to move the traditional April school elections to November. In February, the Holmdel Township Board of Education voted unanimously to join 50 other school districts in Monmouth County to take advantage of a new state law that allows us to take this action. Not surprisingly, one driving force behind this initiative is money. Elections are not cheap to run, and while in the past, Holmdel could split its costs with other school districts, the popularity of the new law made it clear that we could be on the hook for an additional tens of thousands of dollars if we held the election in April, since we would foot a lion’s share of the bill. Only two school districts in …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Another day off!
Without a need for snow days, Holmdel School Superintendent Barbara Duncan has confirmed a change in the 2012 school calendar -- with fingers crossed there won't be a freak snowstorm. At last night Board of Education meeting, it was announced that May 24 will officially be a "day off." May 23 will be a four hour session. This change is in addition to the administratration's recent announcement that it was giving back April 5 as a "day off" and April 4 would become a four-hour session.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Taxes for the average homeowner will rise by $92 under this spending plan.
The Holmdel Board of Education will take a vote on whether to adopt a $51,926,347 million spending plan at its meeting Wednesday night. The nine elected board members will hear public comment before voting. The meeting will be held at the William R. Satz school library at 8 p.m. If adopted by board vote on March 28, the owner of a home assessed at the township's average rate of $617,061 would pay $8,175.44 in school taxes, up $91.94 from 2012. The increase in the tax levy is 1.25%, below the 2% cap mandated by the Gov. Chris Christie. To read more about the proposed budget, see the March 15 story on Holmdel Patch.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Holmdel Board of Education President Barbara Garrity says the board does not owe the township $400,000, as announced by the mayor at a local government meeting Thursday.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The following is a statement distributed by Holmdel Township School Board President Barbara Garrity late Friday, Feb. 24. At Thursday night’s meeting, the Holmdel Township Committee announced that it had just discovered that the Holmdel Township Board of Education owed the Township $400,000. The Township Committee chose to make this statement, even after the School District’s Business Administrator (BA) challenged the accuracy of this claim to the Township’s Acting Chief Financial Officer prior to the meeting. In fact, we were notified only hours before the Township Committee meeting took place. Several years ago, the Board, the Township and a local fundraising group entered into a shared services project to convert the playing …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Board of Education member Steve Rogan from the Keansburg School District has been disqualified from his BOE seat because of a failure to pass the criminal background check.
The NJ Department of Education still hasn't released the names of the more than 350 school board and charter school trustees who failed to fill out a form allowing a criminal background check. "We are still finalizing the list," said Allison Kobus, spokesman for the department late Wednesday. But she did release the name of a school board member who underwent a criminal background check and failed it: Steve Rogan, who sat on the Keansburg Board. Under state law, Rogan is now disqualified to keep his board of education sit because he has something in his past that came up during the criminal background search. Rogan could not be reached for comment. Kobus said that the reason for the disqualification is not given out according to the …