FREEHOLD — The sign that hangs above the door says “library.” But students at Park Avenue Elementary School don’t come here to check out books. The room has been overtaken, repurposed into seven miniature and makeshift classrooms partitioned only by thin, 6-foot temporary dividers. Students learning English as their second language sit between those dividers, meeting… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 5th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Education, Freehold, Immigration, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: Education, Freehold Boro Board of Education, Freehold Borough, Freehold Borough School Referendum, Immigration, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, School funding | 1 Comment »
Rejected by voters twice, Freehold Boro Board of Ed moves to borrow $33 million for school construction
Superintendent of Schools: Referendum would have passed if illegals could vote
Residents are asked to comment after voting twice
By Caitlin Brown, Contributor
Despite two rejections by voters, the Freehold Borough School District has decided to move forward with plans to force taxpayers to borrow $33 million for the financing of state of the art construction and renovation to the district’s current schools, in order to cope with the influx of undocumented residents to the borough and the subsequent overcrowding of 500 additional students to the school district.
The Board of Education has decided to appeal to the New Jersey Comissioner of Education for the appropriation and authorization of the school bonds, but are required by State Department of Education guidelines to provide a public comment period for residents, open until June 8.
The referendum in dispute was first rejected in September and again in December, by residents who balked at the bond referendum’s total cost of $32,902,400. The proposal calls for bonds of $22,091,500 for the construction of additions to the Park Avenue Elementary and Intermediate School, including: an additional cafeteria; an additional gymnasium; four new classrooms; an additional girls’ locker room; renovations to five existing classrooms; renovations to one of the two boys’ locker rooms; and a new library/media room, as a result of the existing library having been converted due to lack of space elsewhere into cubicles for special needs and ESL learning, according to the district’s superintendent, Rocco Tomazic. A total of $10,633,300 is also being sought for the building of 13 pre-K and kindergarten classrooms at the Freehold Learning Center, as well as renovations to the cafeteria and a new kitchen receiving area, according to the district’s referendum schematic plans.admin | Filed under: Education, Freehold, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: Caitlin Brown, Commissioner of Education, Freehold Boro, Freehold Boro Board of Education, Freehold Borough, Freehold Borough School Referendum, Gianna Dell'Omo, Monmouth County News, Public Comments, Rocco Tomazic, School Construction Funding | 7 Comments »
Brookdale Community College President Maureen Murphy’s search for her next gig continues.
One of four finalists for the presidency of Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, Murphy lost out when the Board of Trustees unanimously chose Dr. Mary Hensly, a 14 year veteran administrator of the Austin Texas Community College District.
Murphy has been the president of Brookdale for three years. In the 16 years since leaving teaching to become an administrator in 1999, she’s held five different positions at four different community colleges. Her contract with Brookdale was extended last October.Posted: May 28th, 2015 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Education, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: Blinn College, Brookdale Community College, Climbing and Jumping, Maureen Murphy | 1 Comment »
A school district-wide student art exhibit by Westfield High School students titled, “Law Enforcement — Police Brutality,” is drawing criticism from the law enforcement community, according to a report at TAP into Westfield.
Westfield, a toney Union County town of 30,000 with a median family income of $112,145 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, was named the 24th safest city in the United States in 2015 by Neighborhood Scout. The chances of being the victim of a crime in Westfield is 1 in 2057. Statewide in New Jersey, the chances of being the victim of a crime is 1 in 347, according to Neighborhood Scout.
Westfield is 13.5 miles from Newark and 10 miles from Elizabeth.
The art exhibit, which closed this afternoon, includes an image of a bloodied figure stabbed in the back with a badge and several images of guns aimed at unarmed figures.
TAP into Westfield reports that police officers worldwide are sharing photos from the display on social media and encouraging complaints to be emailed to Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan.
The student’s work was accompanied by artist statements.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: Dr. Margaret Dolan, Westfield, Westfield Board of Education, Westfield High School | 22 Comments »
By Muriel Smith
FREEHOLD – Eighty cadets from the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) NJROTC unit were honored Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Board of Freeholders, when each received a certificate of appreciation and the day was proclaimed MAST Day in Monmouth County.
Freeholder Lillian Burry brought the honors to the high school students citing their first place awards in senior and freshman divisions of drill competitions. The senior team placed first in three of the four, second in the fourth at the senior level, while both the senior and freshmen teams took all the top honors in the academics portion of the events. MAST’s varsity Color Guard led by Cadets Steven Vieira and Kyle McKean also is undefeated in each of the competitions. The Color Guard opened the meeting Thursday night and presented colors for the pledge of allegiance which starts every freeholder meeting.admin | Filed under: Education, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: Freeholder Lillian Burry, Kyle McKean, Lillian Burry, Marine Academy of Science and Tecnology, MAST, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Vocational School District, Muriel Smith, NJ ROTC, Steven Vieira, Tim McCorkle, Tracie Smith-Yeoman | 1 Comment »