Overcrowding crisis: Should N.J overrule voters, approve $33M school expansion?

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: | Filed under: Education, Freehold, Immigration, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | 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 IMG_4054million 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.

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Posted: May 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Freehold, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Christie: Dump Common Core education standards

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PEMBERTON — Navigating New Jersey interests and a likely presidential campaign, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday proposed dropping national Common Core education standards he once supported but have since become a lighting rod issue for Republican voters. The governor, speaking at Burlington County College in Pemberton, declared Common Core is “simply not working.” Christie wants to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Education | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Brookdale Prez Doesn’t Get Texas Job

Maureen Murphy1Brookdale 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: | Filed under: Brookdale Community College, Education, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Educators worried Christie will back off support of Common Core, report says

assetContentTRENTON — As Gov. Chris Christie prepares to speak about “academic standards” on Thursday, some education leaders said they are worried he might continue to pull back his support of the Common Core standards, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Christie, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, is scheduled… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Education | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Report: FBI tells N.J. students that ISIS is actively recruiting

assetContent (15)HACKENSACK — An FBI intelligence analyst warned students at Bergen Arts and Sciences Charter School not to fall prey to the recruitment tactics of terror organization ISIS, according to a Record report. The presentation at the Hackensack charter school on Tuesday was part of a national outreach effort from federal officials on how the ISIS terror… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Report: FBI tells N.J. students that ISIS is actively recruiting

Westfield High School Displays Anti-Cop Student Art

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photo via TAP into Westfield

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.

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Posted: May 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments »

Freeholders honor MAST students

By Muriel Smith

Mast 040915FREEHOLD –  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.

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Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Lillian Burry, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

PARCC exams: How Pearson landed the deal to produce N.J.’s biggest test

Pearson-sign+bldg-1200x900HOBOKEN — In 1844, Samuel Pearson and his family started a small building firm to make bricks and lay sewer pipes in rapidly growing cities in northern England. More than 170 years later, Pearson is making money building something new — standardized tests. The British corporation is the company behind PARCC, the controversial new exams New… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Fate of former Wall schools boss heads to jury

assetContentFREEHOLD – After nine weeks of legal proceedings, the prosecution and defense in the trial of former Wall Township public schools Superintendent James Habel each delivered their closing arguments Wednesday. Habel, 58, was indicted in June 2013 on several charges, including second-degree official misconduct, theft by deception, financial facilitation of criminal activity, theft by failure to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, Crime and Punishment, Education, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Court, Monmouth County Prosecutor, Wall Township | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »