Sunday, March 24, 2013
Chester school board OKs $22 million spending plan for 2013-14
Taxpayers in Chester Borough will see a $15 reduction in their annual school tax bill, while those in Chester Township will see a $20 increase. The Chester Board of Education last Thursday approved a $22.028 million spending plan for 2013-14. The new budget is $782,873 larger than the 2011-12 budget. With the annual school board election held in November when candidates are up for election, the public does not get to vote on this budget. The local tax levy is $19.255 million, a $303,792 increase from 2012-13, but that increase is partly offset by a $215,147 decrease in the district’s debt service that resulted from a timely refinancing of long-term debt, said business administrator Mary Jane Canose. The result is an $88,645 increase in …
Friday, March 22, 2013
School starts on Monday, Sept. 9.
After waiting to see what the regional high school decided and after a month of discussion on the merits of a later start date and the need for a February break, the Chester Consolidated School board locked down their 2013-2014 calendar Thursday night. The Board of Education opted to create a week long vacation in February. At the meeting last month, board vice president Heather Ronco said that in February, the kids and staff needed a break due to all the illness that strikes at the end of winter. The board tried to balance the concerns of residents who plan vacation trips around school holidays, the need to build in four snow days and a desire to reduce the number of half-day sessions. Board member Carolyn Kleppe-Collins said that she …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Shanghai Chongming County principals toured Black River Middle School on Friday.
Sunday, February 3
As part of their exploratory trip in the United States, nearly two dozen principals from China visited Black River Middle School Feb. 1 to learn about American schools and curriculum. The principals are from kindergarten, elementary schools, and secondary schools from Shanghai Chongming County," said language arts teacher Joseph Pizzo. "My colleague and friend Chiang Kao and I have arranged the visit through Mr. Robert Mullen, my principal." According to a report by the Daily Record, the Chinese delegation saw a presentation on curriculum and asked questions of those assembled to glean inisight on how the classrooms were set up to how students get enrolled in the school. Chester Superintendent Christina Van Woert told the Daily Record that…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Snow forces closure, cancellation of after school activities Monday.
Monday, January 28
All local schools, including Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Chester Consolidated School Districts and West Morris Mendham High School are closing early Monday due to inclement weather, according to their respective administrations. Mendham Township Middle School will dismiss at 12:15 p.m., and the elementary school will dismiss at 12:55 p.m., according to the district's website. Mendham Borough will dismiss at 1 p.m. but will still serve lunch, the district's website said. All after school activities have been cancelled. Dickerson and Bragg Schools in Chester will dismiss students at 1:20 p.m., and Black River Middle School will dismiss at 12:25 p.m., the administration said. Mendham High School will dismiss students at noon Monday, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Board of Education meeting expected to amend the school schedule.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Public Notice of an additional meeting on Nov. 6. NOTICE is hereby given that an additional meeting of the Chester Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board of Education Office, 50 North Road, Building 4 in Chester, New Jersey. The purpose of the meeting is to change the school calendar. It is expected that formal action will be taken at this time. Mary Jane Canose School Board Secretary
Monday, January 23, 2012
TREP$ entrepreneurial program showcases student created business ventures.
The Bragg School in Chester closed out last year with a showcase of entrepreneurial spirit and education as it hosted the “TREP$ Marketplace,” where students sold goods provided by their own original business. The marketplace was capstone for a program designed to serve as an inspiration for young people to think creatively and put their ideas into action by starting a new business. “The goal of the program is to educate young people about entrepreneurship–to develop an idea into a business. It was an opportunity to utilize their creativity and strengthens self-esteem,” said Chester Board of Education member Heather Ronco, who became involved in TREP$ when her daughter Ainsley came home from school with a permission slip that asked for …
Monday, January 2, 2012
Phase 2 of "Morris Model" is expected to generate 9.8 million kilowatts of power for 23 sites and save $7.9 million over 15 years.
Work should begin later this year on solar energy projects at 23 sites across Morris County as the second round of the county improvement authority’s solar energy initiative moves forward. The new project is expected to generate 9.8 million kilowatts of power and save the users $7.9 million in energy costs over 15 years. Participants in the project include the school districts of Chester, Kinnelon, Mine Hill, Montville, Morris Hills Regional, Randolph and Washington Township, as well as the Morris School District, the County College of Morris, the Parsippany public library's main branch and Hanover Township. In 2010 the authority, which uses the financial might of Morris County to borrow money at very low rates, began what is now called …