Family drops lawsuit over Mater Dei closing

assetContent (43)MIDDLETOWN —The family suing to prevent the closure of Mater Dei Prep in Middletown is withdrawing its lawsuit. Brian Petrone said he decided to drop the suit, after speaking with school officials and alumni, out of concern that his action would harm his goal of having the Catholic high school become more financially secure. It’s not…

Posted: February 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Chris Christie’s About-Face on Common Core Standards Turns Debate Upside-Down

A month before New Jersey is to start controversial new state testing aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Gov. Chris Christie muddied the waters this week when he said he now has “grave concerns” about the standards he previously endorsed and which his administration is busy promoting. Speaking at a GOP… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Education, Iowa | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Mater Dei student’s family sues Diocese, school to prevent closure, report says

 

MIDDLETOWN — The Diocese of Trenton and Mater Dei Prep have reportedly been named in a new lawsuit filed by the family of one of the Catholic high school’s students looking to prevent the school from closing. In a complaint filed in Monmouth County Superior Court on Feb. 5, Brian and Heather Burns and their son,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

There is still Hope for Mater Dei Prep

Marter Dei logoMater Dei Prep, the Catholic High School in Middletown affiliated with St. Mary Parish has received a two month life line.

On Tuesday, Father Jeff Kegley announced the school would close its doors and stop educating young Catholics in June because after years of financial losses the parish could no longer sustain the school which is on track to lose $1 million this year.

Yesterday, encouraged by “the tremendous outpouring of support from the school and parish community to keep Mater Dei Prep open”, Fr. Kegley announced a two month fund raising campaign, “Save the Seraphs,” to raise the $1 million necessary to keep the school operating another year.

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Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Mater Dei Prep to close in June

Marter Dei PrepMarter Dei Prep, the Catholic High School affiliated with St.Mary Parish in Middletown will close due to financial losses at the conclusion of the current school year, according to a press release issued today by Father Jeff Kegley, Pastor of the parish.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mater Dei Prep will close at the end of this school year, June 2015. Over the many years, Mater Dei Prep has been running large financial deficits. It had been the hope of the Parish Finance Council and myself that these trends could be reversed. However, the 2014-2015 projected loss is close to one million dollars,” Kegley said.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Two School Construction Referendums Fail, One Passes

OTHS Physical Performance Wellness CenterVoters in the Freehold Borough, Ocean Township and West Long Branch School Districts went to the polls yesterday to decide the fate of school construction bonding proposals.

In Freehold, 611 voters, 11% of those registered rejected borrowing $33 million for school construction by 241 to 370.  An identical referendum was defeated by Borough voters on September 30 by 273 to 374.   There are 1644 students residing in the district.   The average property tax bill in Freehold Borough would have increased by $278 per year had the measure passed.

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Posted: December 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Elections, Freehold, Monmouth County, Ocean Township, West Long Branch | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Freehold Borough School Referendum December 9th

Gianna Dell' OmoBy Gianna Dell’Omo

Whether the Borough’s residents voted for or against the Board’s referendum, no one can deny that the overcrowding has been and remains an issue which requires  an acceptable solution.  The conflict arises as to whether the solution  should cost the Freehold Borough taxpayers close to $33 million.

A recent newspaper article read that 36 Borough pupils have been honored for earning a perfect score of 300 on the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge testing.  Despite the lack of proper classroom space, the teachers and students have managed to overcome and excel, which should be commended.  The dedication of the staff and the willingness of the students to learn is,  in fact,  the true essence of an education.  No matter where the lesson is held, whether in a classroom, a gymnasium, in the corridor or under a tree in the courtyard, the core of education is in the connection made between the teacher and his pupil, not the venue.

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Posted: December 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Abbott Ruling, Education, Freehold, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Senate Panel Approves Casagrande’s Bill On Life-Saving Allergy Treatment In Schools

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

School nurses and other trained personnel would be authorized to administer epinephrine to any student having an anaphylactic reaction under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-11).

Casagrande’s bill, A-304 was passed  in the Assembly, 73-0, on May 22 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee unanimously this morning.  If approved by the full Senate, the bill will go to Governor Chris Christie whose signature will make it law.

“As many as two children in every classroom have at least one food allergy,” said Casagrande, R – Monmouth. “Schools should be able to respond quickly and appropriately to help children with a serious allergic reaction.”

Recent studies suggest that one in 13 children are affected by food allergies. More than 15 percent of school aged children with food allergies have had a reaction at school.

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Posted: November 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 11th Legislative District, Caroline Casagrande, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, School Safety | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Count Basie Theatre Announces Student Film Competition

Basie Project FX

New Jersey high school and college film students will have a chance to compete for an summer internship with Sony Pictures Classics in a contest announced today by the Count Basie Theatre.

PROJECT FX, the theater’s Statewide Student Film Festival, looks to inspire, invite and recognize emerging talent right in our own back yard and bring it before a panel of judges that can advance New Jersey’s reputation as a breeding ground for fantastic technical, directional and / or creative film making talent.

Students from all New Jersey high schools, public, private and parochial, as well as student is public and private colleges, universities and community colleges are invited to participate.

Entries, which must be no more than 10 minutes long and produced in 2013 or later, will be accepted until February 15, 2014.

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Posted: October 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Count Basie Theatre, Education, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Congressman Smith Announces National Blue Ribbon Schools

Biotech High School, Pace Charter School, Performing Arts Academy and St. Gregory the Great recognized

biotechnologyhs-1344525321_600Congressman Chris Smith announced yesterday that four schools in New Jersey’s 4th Congressional District have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“Educating our children is among the most important investment we can make in our families’ and our nation’s future,” said Smith.  “I am thrilled that four of the 11 Blue Ribbon Schools in New Jersey are located right here in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey.”

The four schools being recognized for their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, which requires demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels, are:

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Press Release | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off