Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Those out of the area can watch on the station's website.
Can't get to Mendham High School for the much heralded technology forum? Never fear, Mendham TV has you covered. Mendham TV in conjunction with the West Morris Regional High School District will be broadcast live the District’s Community Technology Forum: Igniting Innovation in a World of Mobilism right into your home live. The Forum, scheduled to be held at West Morris Mendham High School on March 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. will include a panel of technology experts that will provide an interactive discussion with students, parents, staff and community members to address the critical needs for students to develop entrepreneurial, science, technology, engineering and math skills in this competitive global renaissance era. The event will …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Seven members split 5-2 on spending plan's approval.
The budget for the West Morris Regional High School district in 2013-14 has been sent to the county for approval, and tentatively reached its cap of a 2-percent increase over the current year's spending plan. The tentative budget's approval, however, wasn’t a unanimous decision by the board, as Chester Township representative Marcia Asdal and Mendham Township representative James Button disapproved of the more than $50 million expenditure. Asdal and Button charged that the budget wasn’t appropriate because of its disparity in spending at each school — a roughly $1.3 million difference, tilted toward Central — and said they could not support a spending plan until per pupil costs were equal at each building. That $1.3 million disparity, …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Neighboring township has approved the new revenue source. Should we?
In what is seemingly an annual battle between taxpayer and board of education, additional streams of revenue are welcome by all. So what about advertising on school buses as a source? The Mendham Township Board of Education passed a resolution last week which allows businesses to advertise on school buses, and the board is now ready to receive proposals. "In January, the department of education released regulations authorizing districts, should they choose, to put advertisements, and they're very specific about what types and sizes and things like that, on school buses to generate revenue," Mendham Superintendent Sal Constantino said. "In Mendham we have almost 40 vehicles that run routes for private schools and other school districts, so …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Mendham Borough stands alone in committing $10,000 to take the first step toward dissolving the regional school district.
Last week, the Mendham Borough Mayor and Council tentatively approved a budget line item for a $10,000 share of the feasibility study on the reorganization of the schools; this week the Mendham Township Committee said not so fast. “While this appears to be an encouraging development, it remains to be seen whether Mendham Borough’s full council will support the recent resolution and whether Chester Borough or Chester Township would be willing to go along with this action,” Mendham Township Mayor Rick Merkt said. “Should the Chesters demonstrate an interest in following Mendham Borough’s lead on this issue there will still be time for the Township Committee to deliberate whether adding a budget line for a share of the feasibility study is …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mendham Boro Council agrees to fund the first step towards breaking up the West Morris Regional School District.
Armed with a 16-page presentation, Mendham Borough resident Brian Cavanaugh came to Tuesday's meeting of the mayor and council and asked that they spend $10,000 to fund a study as the first step in a process to break up the school district. And before he even opened his mouth to speak, Mendham Borough Mayor Neil Henry agreed to commit the money. "I've read your presentation and while we disagree on some of the points we agree that the funding formula is inequitable and needs to be fixed," Henry said. "I think its fair to say we can authorize to spend the $10,000." Cavanaugh is one of several emmissaries speaking out to governing bodies and boards of education in hopes of drumming up support for the study. Cavanaugh's presentation stated …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Chester resident Charlene Arrington asked the K-8 school board to set aside $10,000 to study restructuring high school district.
When the five mayors that govern the towns in the West Morris Regional School District moving on from regional restructuring after failing to reach an accord on the topics of a feasibility study, many thought that would be the end of the discussion. But at Monday's meeting of the Chester Consolidated School District Board of Education, resident Charlene Arrington asked that BOE set aside $10,000 in their current budget to help fund the study. "I'm raising this here because it is the right venue for it, and I'm here because I am the parent of a fifth-grader who, like your children, has the promise and potential that demands we do everything we can to ensure that she and all other Chester students attend a high school that is the best that …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
West Morris Regional Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast to give an International Baccalaureate presentation at West Morris Mendham High School at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12
It attracted the attention of visiting dignitaries from Japan last month and its fair share of praise and criticism since its introduction to the district, but love it or hate it, West Morris Regional Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast will be speaking about the International Baccalaureate program Wednesday. According to a release by Pendergrast, the super will talk about the importance, value and future development of the district's IB program, and also speak to how parents can support IB students. The presentation is scheduled to be held in the library of West Morris Mendham and is expected to run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Districts take preemptive strike Thursday night.
Both the Washington Township and West Morris Regional School Districts are being proactive in the face of an impending storm, scheduling an early dismissal Friday, Feb. 8. The announcement was made by both districts as night fell Thursday and northern New Jersey braced for an "intense storm" scheduled to last some 24 hours between Friday and Saturday. All after school activities for all grade levels have been canceled, including after care. Anywhere between 10 and 16 inches of snow is expected to fall, according to the National Weather Service. For more on that, go here.
Monday, February 4, 2013
West Morris Central, Mendham High Schools chief will have back up.
Robert Beers has been named as the West Morris Regional High School District's assistant superintendent. The board of education voted unanimously for Beers, the then-assistant principal at West Morris Central High School, to be promoted to this role effective Feb. 1. The position was created in May of 2012 with the primary "responsibility of providing leadership and vision to district-level programs in curriculum, supervision and evaluation, and professional development," Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast said in a statement to the community. Beers taught history for 10 years and has been an assistant principal at both Central and Mendham High Schools, the statement said. Beers' former position of assistant principal will not be filled, …
Friday, December 28, 2012
One district in New Jersey already voted to hire guards for schools.
Less than a week after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, a New Jersey school district took action, with its board of education approving to hire armed security guards at each of its buildings. The Marlboro Board of Education approved the action on Dec. 20, as reported in Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch, and will have armed security guards in each of its nine school buildings at the start of the new year. Another debate about gun control regulations and laws was sparked after the massacre in Newtown, with many calling for stricter legislations and enforcement. On the other side, the National Rifle Association said it recommended schools hire armed guards, as the board approved in Marlboro. …