Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Resolution states Andrew Orefice's last day will be Aug. 16, 2013
The Oceanport Board of Education (BOE) will accept the resignation of Oceanport School District Superintendent Andrew Orefice during its meeting on Thursday night. Orefice issued the following statement on Wednesday afternoon: It is with regret that I inform you that I have submitted my resignation as Superintendent of Schools to the Board of Education, effective August 16, 2013. I have accepted a leadership position at a private school for the disabled for the upcoming school year. Although I am looking forward to my next opportunity, I would be remiss if I did not let you know how profoundly grateful I am to you and your children for inspiring me and supporting our school community in so many positive and enriching ways over the last …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The district fought to prevent having to provide Braille instruction for a legally blind student.
The Oceanport School District will pay $300,000 over the next three years after losing a legal battle last year to provide Braille instruction to a legally-blind student. The settlement will be paid out over three years from the district's surplus budget, according to Board President Colin Soyer at the March 25 special budget meeting. Of the award, $35,000 was covered by the district's insurance and the balance will be divided over three years. The district will pay out $140,000 in 2013 followed by two payments of $62,500 in 2014 and 2015. The May 2012 ruling (which can be found alongside this article) found that a student, who is legally blind, should be provided Braille instruction by the district. Administrative Law Judge Lisa James-…
Friday, January 11, 2013
The school board reorganized on Thursday night and swore in three (almost) new members and an incumbent.
There was a lot of housekeeping to tend to at Thursday's Oceanport Board of Education meeting. There were appointments to be made, resolutions to be passed and caps to be considered. There was also the small matter of swearing in four members to the board who garnered the most votes during November's elections. New members Jay Coffey and Mike Murphy, along with returning member Tom Welsh, took the oath of office to serve three-year terms on the board of education. Seven candidates had competed for the seats in November. Incumbent Spencer Carpenter, who ran unopposed, was sworn in to serve the remaining one year of a seat on the board.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Two newcomers and a former board member win spots in the hotly-contested board of ed race.
The voters in Oceanport have spoken. Newcomers Jay Coffey, Mike Murphy and former BOE member Tom Welsh came out on top in the school district's board of ed race on Tuesday. The borough council and Shore Regional terms up-for-grabs this year were uncontested races with Oceanport resident Paul Rolleri winning a term on the high school's board. The borough council race for two seats was also uncontested, with incumbents staying on for three more years. Here are the results by numbers: Oceanport Borough Council Oceanport Board of Education
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Eight candidates are running for spots in the Nov. 6 election.
Voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to select four candidates to serve on the Oceanport Board of Education. Of the petitions filed for three, three-year seats and one, one-year seat, two were members currently serving on the school board. Spencer W. Carpenter was the only candidate to file an application for the single one-year term on the ballot. Incumbent Joan Osgoodby-Latacz will be among the seven candidates running for the three-year seats. Individual bios can be found by clicking on the candidates' names below. OCEANPORT BOARD OF EDUCATION - Vote for Three, Full Term John F. Coffey, II 39 Oneida Ave. Robert L. Huber 32 Shrewsbury Ave. James C. …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Improving technology and exploring shared services were in the forefront at Wednesday night's other debate.
Forget Obama and Romney, the real debate Wednesday night took place at Maple Place School during the Meet the Candidates Night for Oceanport Board of Education candidates. The two-hour event, sponsored by the district's PTO and moderated by the League of Women Voters, proved that the seven candidates vying for three full-term seats on the board are not too far apart on the issues. The candidates for the three-year seat are John F. Coffey, II, Robert L. Huber, James C. Kopec, Michael Murpy, Joan Osgoodby-Latacz, John A. Patti and Thomas Welsh. Incumbent Spencer W. Carpenter is running for the single one-year term. Most all of the candidates indicated that boosting the district's technology would be among their first order of business if …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The event will be held on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m at Maple Place School.
Confused about who you're voting for the fill the Oceanport Board of Education seats up for grab this November? The district will hold a Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Maple Place School for voters to get to know the nine people vying for the four available seats. Of the petitions filed for three, three-year seats and one, one-year seat, two were members currently serving on the school board. Spencer W. Carpenter was the only candidate to file an application for the single one-year term on the ballot. Incumbent Joan Osgoodby-Latacz will be among the seven candidates running for the three-year seats. Here is the complete list of candidates: OCEANPORT BOARD OF EDUCATION - Vote for Three, Full Term John F. Coffey, II…
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Superintendent Andrew Orefice has four goals for the year, including filling a major vacancy in the district business office.
Oceanport Schools Superintendent Andrew J. Orefice shared his four goals for the new school year, which include finding a suitable replacement for departing district Business Administrator Norma Tursi. Orefice presented the “rough draft” of these goals to then board of education at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20 at Maple Place School. “These are my most pressing priorities,” Orefice said as he presented his list. Goal one, he said, is to work with the building and grounds committee to tackle the most urgent issues regarding school buildings. A study was recently completed to assess these issues, but details have not yet been released. The superintendent’s second goal related to the district Web site. Orefice said he would like …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Want to know who's heading up what school sport or activity this year in Oceanport? We've got the list here.
The Oceanport Board of Education approved its list of extracurricular positions for the 2012-13 school year earlier this month. The list of teachers, who were recommended by the district's superintendent, who were approved to serve in various positions are as follows:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Fair to question integrity of the process, BOE candidate says
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
To the Editor: The net result of the Oceanport Board of Education’s approval of a tentative agreement with the Oceanport Education Association on Aug. 16, 2012, was that everybody — the teachers, students, administration, board and taxpayers — lost. Insofar as only the Board members and the teachers’ union’s negotiating committee will know what the terms of the tentative agreement are until the final contract is crafted and ratified by the BOE and the OEA, nobody can be sure about the financial ramifications of the contract at this time. But that isn’t why everybody lost. Rather, everybody lost because of the Oceanport Board of Education’s lack of transparency with the general public. Everybody lost because of the Oceanport Board of …