Friday, May 10, 2013
A steep drop in enrollment and the high cost of running the school mean the school will close for good at the end of the year.
This is will be the final year of Our Lady of Lourdes School in Milltown. On Thursday, the Rev. Edward A. Czarcinski, Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes parish announced that Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski has accepted a proposal of the parish Finance Council and School Advisory Council that Our Lady of Lourdes School be closed at the end of the current school year. Father Czarcinski told parents at an open meeting held in the Church Thursday evening that the decision was made due to a steep and rapid drop in enrollment and the high cost of operating the school which he said, is about $1 million annually. “It breaks my heart, but it comes down to economics; it's simply a fiscal matter” the pastor said, clearing his throat. “There are two things that …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
East Brunswick High school ranked 484 out of 2,000 public high schools rated by Newsweek.
East Brunswick High School's graduation rate, SAT scores and advanced placement students have earned it a ranking among the top 500 high schools in the country for 2013. According to Newsweek's America's Best High School's list, the township high school is ranked 484 out of the nation's 2,000 best public high schools. Schools are ranked by the college readiness of their respective students. The annual rankings take into account each school's graduation rate, college acceptance rate, advanced placement testing and the percentage of students enrolled in at least one advanced placement course and average SAT scores, according to Newsweek. East Brunswick High School showed a 99 percent graduation rate for the 2011-12 school year, with 93 …
One of the few things educators and administrators agree on: charter schools need multiple authorizers.
By Laura Waters [Laura Waters has been president of the Lawrence Township School Board in Mercer County for eight years. She also blogs about New Jersey education policy and politics at NJLeftBehind.com. A former instructor at SUNY Binghamton in a program that served educationally disadvantaged students from New York's inner cities, she holds a Ph.D. in early American literature from Binghamton.] Here’s a rarity within New Jersey’s education reform community: consensus. The NJ Education Association, Gov. Chris Christie, Commissioner Chris Cerf, Education Law Center, and NJ Charter Association concur that the state's charter school law is broken. In response, several members of the state Legislature are working on overhauls, and last week a…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Former assistant superintendent of Wall Schools faces three-count criminal indictment
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. Previously reported: The former assistant superintendent of Wall Township Schools was indicted Monday morning on charges she failed to immediately report a …
The Bears and Cubs program enrolls preschoolers ages 3-5 for a child development elective at East Brunswick High School.
Applications for the 2013-2014 East Brunswick High School Bears and Cubs Preschool Program are now available online at www.ebnet.org/preschool, in the main office at East Brunswick High School located at 380 Cranbury Road and at the receptionist desk of the administration building at 760 Route 18. Free to East Brunswick residents, the Bears and Cubs Preschool is an elective for high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in education. In this double period, full year course, high school students learn, plan, teach and observe children, ages 3-5 years of age, in a laboratory preschool setting. Prior to the arrival of the preschoolers in mid-October, study is devoted to child development, guidance techniques, teaching methods, …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Five East Brunswick students have received high academic honors at Binghamton University.
Binghamton University has announced the following East Brunswick students have been named to the school's Dean's List for the fall 2012 semester: Jessie E Kalish of East Brunswick, NJ - Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Maya R Yair of East Brunswick, NJ - Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Lisa Nicole Arem of East Brunswick, NJ - Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Daniel J Goldberg of East Brunswick, NJ - School of Management Alyssa D Furman of East Brunswick, NJ - Decker School of Nursing
Administration shaves test score component of teacher evaluations by 5 percent.
After an extraordinary amount of public comment and some high-level meetings, the Christie administration has hedged on its plans to use test scores to evaluate teachers -- but not by much. State Education Commissioner Chris Cerf and his staff Wednesday presented revisions to the new teacher evaluation code before the State Board of Education that would slightly lessen the weight that test scores would have in a teacher’s annual evaluation. After first proposing that scores would amount to 35 percent of a performance evaluation for math and language arts teachers in grades 4-8, Cerf yesterday said that total would be trimmed to 30 percent for next year. In addition, he said only the scores of students who had been enrolled with a given …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Highland Park Borough Council passed a resolution on April 16 in support of the East Brunswick Township Council's overturning of a zoning variance that would have permitted the school to open on Lexington Avenue.
The Highland Park Borough Council has publicly voiced its support for the East Brunswick's council's decision to overturn a variance that would have allowed a township charter school to move to a new location in an industrial section of East Brunswick. Highland Park's governing body unanimously passed a resolution on April 16 that voiced support for the council's decision to reverse the zoning decision that would have permitted Hatikvah International Academy Charter School to open a new and expanded location in an industrial section of East Brunswick. "An industrial zone does not provide the safe and adequate learning environment in accordance with the high standards that East Brunswick, Highland Park, and the other fine school districts …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Bill sponsor -- Assemblyman Diegnan -- hopes to build consensus before Legislature tackles NJ's 18-year-old charter law.
The outlines of a new charter school bill are taking shape, with a draft being circulated by Assembly Democrats that would add tighter controls on new charters and expand the number of organizations approving and overseeing the schools. State Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex), chair of the Assembly’s education committee, has completed a draft that would require local voters to approve new charter schools and would add up to three “reviewers” from colleges and universities. The draft would also restructure parts of the application process for charter schools and place new requirements on them to annually report and post their enrollment breakdowns and budgets. Diegnan said Thursday that he expected still more changes to come …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Prizes include an iPad, Disney Park Hoppers, an American Girl doll and more.
Saturday, April 27
The PTA at Memorial Elementary School will hold its bi-annual Tricky Tray on Friday, May 3 in the cafeteria at East Brunswick High School, 380 Cranbury Road. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The raffle will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come basis. Admission is $10 per person and includes one sheet of Level 1 raffle tickets and complimentary coffee, tea and desserts. To order admission tickets, email Angela Paglia at email@example.com. Pre-order deadline is May 2. Prizes include: iPAD, four Disney Hopper Passes, Keurig, sports memorabilia, theater and movie tickets, themed baskets, local restaurant gift cards, hair salon certificates, an American Girl Doll, vacation packages and so much more! 50/50 Raffle too! …