Tuesday, October 2, 2012
If you've got a question for township schools superintendent, join next week's meeting.
Warren Township Schools Superintendent Tami Crader rescheduled a planned informal meeting with residents interested in discussing school issues, postponing it a week. The Superintendent's Coffee has been rescheduled to October 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room. Dr. Crader has been holding the periodic meetings with parents unable to attend board meetings, or interested in participating in small group discussions since 2011. If you have a topic you'd like to discuss or want more information about, or plan to attend, RSVP with your name and topic you would like to discuss to Linda Miller by Oct. 9th.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Superintendent of Schools Tami Crader shows what the district has done—and how students are responding.
The Warren Township Board of Education meeting of June 25 included a briefing by Superintendent Tami Crader on the status of the district's implementation of the 21st Century Learning. The district completed its first year with the new methodology iplemented, and Dr. Crader's review included several updates on how well students have adapted to the new style of teaching, as well as gains in test scores shown.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Districts hoping to recoup expense of instituting mandated HIB policies.
Since the beginning of the school year, school districts have had to investigate and track any suspected incidents of harassment or bullying as part of the state's anti-bullying legislation. To do this meant each school needed someone to follow-up on reports and track the incidents, superintendents had to review reports, and school staff and volunteers had to be trained. State officials laughably said this would not be an expense occurred for this work—likely because the state didn't provide any money for schools to pay for it as required by the state constitution. Not surprisingly, in January, the Council on Local Mandates—which reviews laws to determine if they constitute a state mandate—said the state would have to pay for the work, …
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Announcement made at Township Committee meeting.
The Department of Education has awarded Woodland School its highest recognition in a new statewide accountability system. Word came via Mayor Carolann Garafola, who had been called by the office of Gov. Chris Christie with news Woodland was named a "reward school." According to Garafola, she was told Woodland is one of just 122 schools in New Jersey to be named a "reward school." "The commendation was based on Woodland’s students’ high level of student growth, measured using their median student growth percentiles over time on the NJASK," Woodland Principal Christopher Huss said. He said the student growth percentiles are calculated by the state by measuring each student’s growth over a period of time, as measured against other students …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Report likely to help force movement in Warren Township school negotiations not expected in 45-day time frame.
A report on the stalled contract talks between Warren Township's board of education and the teachers association is not expected to be delivered Monday, the 45th business day after both sides provided the necessary documentation. And despite the delay in what many parents may have been hoping would be a breakthrough on the situation, the New Jersey School Boards Association's Michael Yaple says it's not unusual for such delays to happen. "Forty-five days is commonly used as the target for submitting the fact-finder’s report to both parties in school district fact-finding," he said. "Both school and union officials understand that mediators and fact-finders typically have a heavy caseload—and when the economy gets difficult, as it is now, …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Superintendent Tami Crader gave an overview of the tentative 2012-13 school budget.
At Monday's Warren Township Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Tami Crader presented the district's proposed $41.5 million 2012-2013 school budget. If approved by the board at the March 27 board meeting without changes, the budget will add $89 per year to the property tax bill of the owner of property assessed at the township average of $625,650, a 1.62 percent increase. Residents will not vote on the budget—the board approved moving the school election to November, which eliminates votes for school budgets falling under the state-set tax levy increase cap, currently at 2 percent.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Parents in affected neighborhoods argue for review of plans' areas, grandfathering for fourth-graders.
About 60 parents attended Tuesday's Warren Township Board of Education meeting, most of them there for the board's vote on a proposal to realign the districts for Woodland and Central schools. The change is needed, according to Superintendent of School Tami Crader because of increasing enrollment at Woodland caused by residential developments in the school's area. The plan, developed by a panel of parents, board members Tia Allocco and Don Huber, and Dr. Crader, proposed moving about 65 students from Woodland to Central. The students would be shifted from the following streets: Arrighi Drive, Loren Way, Blackthorne Road, Mountain Avenue (200 and above), Mountain Boulevard, Crown Drive, Mt. Bethel Road, Deerfield Road, Old Church Road, …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Change will affect about 65 students, superintendent says.
The panel of parents and school officials reviewing which neighborhoods to recommend for redistricting between Woodland and Central schools is focusing on 20 streets, with 65 students, according to Superintendent Tami Crader. At Tuesday's board meeting, Dr. Crader said the panel has met twice, identifying 20 streets where "children live closer to Central but attend Woodland." She added those streets are being considerewd based on the impact the change woud have on bus routes, along with another eight streets where there are currently no grade school-age children. "I've sent two letters out to parents...letting them know that this was taking place and that I would be ready to make recommendations to the board Jan. 24," Dr. Crader said. She …