Friday, November 16, 2012
Kindergarten and third-grade classes work on display at board offices.
The ever-changing display of student artwork at the Warren Township Board of Education offices features a seasonally—appropriate show this month, with students colorful drawings of leaves (and jack-o-lanterns).
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Watchung Hills Regional schedules classes for Friday.
Warren Township Schools will be closed Friday for a 10th consecutove day, the district announced, Thursday. The decision was made, in part, because of problems with power supplies that have not been consistent even when restored to some of the schools—Angelo L. Tomaso School, for example, had been slated for use as a warming center for township residents without power after service was restored, but the center was moved to Central School when power at ALT dropped off gain. The district also noted some schools still have some safety issues with the school ground entrances. "Although we had hoped to open with parent transportation only, we are unable to provide for safe arrival and dismissal, given the current configuration of our building …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
High school board still evaluating storm developments.
Warren Township schools and Watchung Hills Regional High School will be closed Monday and Tuesday, with pending announcements regarding Wednesday expected by noon Tuesday. As Hurricane Sandy approaches, districts around the state have been planning on closures for at least the two days. Patch will update plans as announcements are made.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Warren schools undertake community survey to begin process.
Visitors to the Warren Schools website will notice a new link on the page, one that takes them directly to a community survey that is collecting residents' input for the district's strategic plan. The survey asks participants' opinion of the district's organization, and communications, among other topics. Several "essay questions" asks for suggestions for improvents, and "words and phrases that come to mind" when thinking about the district. The survey will be available for residents until about Oct. 29. A public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Warren Middle School.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Board of Education hoping to bring community together to discuss future of local education.
At Wednesday's Township Committee meeting, Warren Township Superintendent of Schools Tami Crader told the members about many of the initiatives and changes the schools have gone through in recent years. "We have a lot on our plate, so it's time to pull all of that together," Dr. Crader said. "Pulling all of that together" means soliciting input, guidance and ideas from everyone involved in the schools, from teachers and staff, to residents and local leaders, to develop a strategic plan for the schools' next five years. Dr. Crader invited members of the committee to the first public session for the strategic plan, scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Warren Middle School. She also encouraged the committee's laison to the Board of Education, Mick …
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.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Schools report a smooth start to classes.
The only hangup in today's launch of classes for Warren schools was one that was predictable. "All went smoothly—typically, our buses take a little longer on the first two days, mostly due to delays for picture-taking at bus stops," Superintendent Tami Crader said. "Today was no exception, but overall, school started on time." At ALT, Alexandra and Maya Demola posed while their mom, Jaime, snapped a picture of their first day in front of the school. Demola said it was a big day for kindergartner Maya—and there to greet her was Prinicpal Kathy Bond. Bond greeted her returning students at the door and directed parents to classrooms and the school office. She said it was good to have the students back, a sentiment other school staff members …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Principal Chris Huss shows what's new at Woodland School.
Woodland School Principal Christopher Huss shares five new things parents and students will find at the school when classes start next week.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Test results prove a more mixed bag.
Update: On June 4, the Warren Township School District issued a summary review of the report card, which has been uploaded to this article. Original story: The New Jersey Department of Education released the Schools Report Cards for the 2010-2011 school year, Thursday. The annual report details school and district performance in a number of areas, including school spending, performance on standardized tests, and whether meeting annual requirements for progress. Warren schools reported a total cost per pupil of $17,997, down from the previous year's $19,144, but still about 10.6 percent more—$1,916—than the average of comparable districts. The report cards also show 8 percent and 4 percent decreases in the percentage of total district …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Frustrated with lack of progress, some are wondering if the municipal government can intercede.
Township Committee members report hearing from parents frustrated over the lack of a settlement between the Warren Township Board of Education and the district's education association. "The frequency of parents calling us is growing every day," Deputy Mayor Vic Sordillo said. "We're hearing from people in the street, wanting to know what we can do, which is pretty limited." Other than add public pressure on negotiators, there isn't anything the committee members can do, and Sordillo said the committee may have some public discussions about the negotiations in upcoming meetings. The district and the WTEA have been in talks since before the expiration of the last contract on June 20, 2010. A state-appointed fact-finder was called in to help …