Amount raised surpasses last year's total
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
NJ DOE releases School Performance Reports focused on college and career readiness
The Department of Education released new School Performance Reports for all schools in the state for the 2012-13 school year last week. The reports include new data on college and career readiness and provide comparison to “peer schools” in order to provide a more complete picture of school performance for educators and the general public. In addition, the Department released the 2013 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending to help New Jersey residents and interested citizens learn how their tax dollars are spent in their schools. “These new school performance reports were developed with the input of stakeholders across the state and provide a significant amount of new data to present a more complete picture of school performance,” …
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-…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
As part of an annual tradition, the teachers of the fourth grade presented their students in a wax museum on Wednesday, similar to Madame Tussaud's famous New York City destination.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The board will hold a public hearing on the 2013-14 budget on March 28.
Don't look for a lot of fluctuations in the Oceanport School District budget for next year. The board of education approved a $9.9 million preliminary budget at its Feb. 28 meeting that is a slight increase over the current year. The portion of the budget to be raised by taxes is $9.14 million. The budget needs to be approved by the county superintendent before it can be voted on by board members. The board will hold a public hearing on March 28 to discuss the budget, which no longer needs to be put out for a vote by taxpayers provided it stays below a 2-percent increase. The budget reflects $768,000 in revenue and an additional $3,700 in state aid, bringing it to $427,875 that is an 0.8% increase over last year.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The board needed to give a one-year notice if the contract was not to be renewed.
When Andrew Orefice was appointed Oceanport's superintendent in 2007, his three-year contract stipulated that it would roll over for another four years if the district did not give written notice, one year in advance, that he would not be reappointed. That one-year mark came and went in 2010 and so the contract automatically rolled over for renewal in July 2011 under the same terms and conditions. This past summer, Orefice signed a new contract with the district through 2015, which was the subject of a public hearing at last week's board of education meeting. (The contract, which has been posted on the district's Web site and available at the superintendent's office, can be found alongside this article.) "Did anyone know about the roll …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Tonight's predicted snow could change the schedule for tomorrow's planned half day.
Superintendent Andrew Orefice alerted Oceanport parents on Thursday that Friday's schedule will change if the predicted bad weather comes through. Orefice sent this email: In the event that tomorrow, Friday, January 18th, we have a delayed opening due to inclement weather, our scheduled half day will be canceled and we will dismiss at the regular times of 2:40 at Maple Place and 3:05 at Wolf Hill and the cafeteria will be serving lunch. Of course if there is no need for a delayed opening, we will have our regularly scheduled half day of school. As always, if we need to have a delayed opening tomorrow, this will be communicated by our call system and on our website. Stay informed of the latest Little Silver-Oceanport area news by liking us …
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.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The department says it will take all reports of suspicious behavior or incidents seriously.
Wednesday's lock down at Wolf Hill School was precipitated by an unconfirmed report by a "young" student of a suspicious person "possibly with a handgun," according to a statement released by police. "Although there is nothing to confirm that this incident did occur, there is also nothing to confirm that it did not occur," said Oceanport Police Capt. Daniel Barcus. "The Police Department will not ignore this report and will investigate the matter as if it did occur." While officers responded to the school and conducted a "perimeter lockdown," Barcus said there was a time delay before the student notified staff of the alleged male in a fenced-off yard adjacent to the school. No other students or staff reported seeing any suspicious …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Staff observed a 'suspicious individual' near Wolf Hill and called police.
The Oceanport School District initiated a lock-down at Wolf Hill School on Wednesday when staff observed a "suspicious individual" near school grounds, according to Superintendent Andrew Orefice. School staff immediately notified the Oceanport Police of the individual seen on a nearby resident's property around 2 p.m. Police recommended a "perimeter lock-down" in which no one was permitted outside the school building, Orefice said in a message sent to the school community on Wednesday afternoon. "According to police, our students and staff were not in any danger at anytime during this situation and the suspicious individual was never on school property," said Orefice. Police conducted an immediate investigation and then lifted the lockdown…