Tuesday, March 12, 2013
At Board of Ed meeting, teachers try to put people to the numbers.
Threatened with the loss of 86 teacher jobs in the 2013-2014 school budget, Bloomfield Education Associates and their supporters illustrated to township residents and school officials what the number really represented by counting off 86 at the start of the Tuesday night BOE meeting.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Leaders of football, cross country programs honored.
In recognition of their extraordinary success in 2012, Bloomfield School officials recognized coaches from the district’s football and track and field programs as coaches of the year. Bloomfield head football coach Mike Carter was honored for leading his team to the state championship where the team lost a tough battle against neighboring Montclair. “To be in front of Giants stadium, that was the thrill of a lifetime,” Carter said after the school board presented him with the award. The school board also recognized Leo Inglima and Maureen Moore for leading the boys and girls cross country teams to continued success. Moore took the occasion to marvel at how far the program had come in a short time. “Four years ago, Millburn and Livingston …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the district's administration building, at 155 Broad St.
Monday, February 11
The Bloomfield Board of Education convenes tonight, Tuesday Feb. 11, for a regularly scheduled meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. in the district's administration building, at 155 Broad St. On the agenda will be various presentations, including those for Essex County coaches of the year, the Whitehall demographic study, and the Foley Field Revitalization Committee. Superintendent Jason Bing will discuss the district's technology goals in his report. The full upcoming agenda can be read by clicking here.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Former Bloomfield BOE member Susan Wolf sees the Board of Ed. leading the district in the wrong direction.
The following letter to the editor was written by Susan Wolf. Board of Education President Mary Shaughnessy wrote a statement last week regarding the states funding of our schools. This statement was made to set the scene for the tax increase that the board will soon vote for. Shaughnessy along with the other members of the board will continue to mislead the Bloomfield residents and blame the state for their incompetence. Back in 2007, Superintendent Frank Digesere along with the board was giving the same sound bites to the public about the state's lack of funding, and how the state owes us money according to its own “funding formula.” It is now 2013 and Bloomfield will never see that “so called” money. It is important to note at that …
Friday, September 21, 2012
This letter was submitted by Board of Education President Mary Shaughnessy, who invited Bloomfield residents to attend a September 30 symposium that focuses on critical issues impacting local communities.
Hi folks, I am increasingly learning that many of the changes we want in our community have to be addressed at a state level. Please join me and other Bloomfield residents in our township's first effort to join with other suburban communities just like ours to bring the federal and state resources needed to promote livable towns that are governed by citizens instead of deep pocketed developers and to protect our public schools from profit-driven takeover. I would be honored by your company on Sunday, Sept. 30. Please come and see what can happen when hundreds of people from all over the state come together to help shape their hometown destinies. Please come and watch democracy at work! Building ONE New Jersey Promoting sustainable, …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The following letter was written to the Board of Education by Bloomfield parent, Bea Binkowska and presented during the public portion of Tuesday night's meeting.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Dear Members of the Board, It has recently come to my attention that Franklin School's rating on the GreatSchools.org website has fallen from an already low rating of ‘six’ to ‘four’ and that is on a scale of ten. What is more, in a recent ranking of high schools by NJ Monthly magazine, Bloomfield ranked 221 on a list of about 315 schools. This is 61 spots below Belleville and 81 spots lower than Nutley, which I personally find inexplicable, as it is my understanding that Bloomfield population does not vary from general population of NJ by any measure – therefore, at a minimum, I would expect at least average performance, and personally, I would hope that we can strive to do better than that. As a parent of a 4th grade student, and a tax …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The outdoor reading space will provide elementary school students with an attractive outdoor space for reading books.
Students at Franklin Elementary School will be able to enjoy their reading books outside during nice weather, thanks to a new outdoor reading area being built at their school. The new reading area will be just outside the school’s main entrance and will feature plants, benches, shrubbery, and red and gray brick flooring. The 30 foot by 75 foot space will be fenced in and will make use of existing shade in the area. The Board of Education approved the construction of the Franklin School Reading Area on Tuesday. The $30,000 construction cost was funded by donations and the project was led by Councilman Elias Chalet. Construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 7 and is expected to take one week to complete. However, school board members at first…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The June 19 Board of Education meeting recognized the accomplishments of students and athletic coaches throughout the district.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
My Essex County Poster Contest – Alexander Felix – Franklin School Essex County Education Association Pride in Public Education Essay Contest - Dominick Silva, Third Place for First Grade - Brookdale Janet Svetik, First Place for Sixth Grade – Watsessing Jessica Carr, First Place for Eighth Grade – BMS Academically Speaking Competition: Jack Galvin – Oak View Elizabeth Kallay – Oak View Hampton Gaddy – Brookdale Esteban Palma – Franklin David Rumph – Demarest Stephen Owens – Fairview Challenge 24 Competition: Experienced Division: Brendan DeLeon 1st place – Oak View Egan Adler – 2nd Place – Oak View Desmond Soto-Schwartz – 3rd place – Brookdale James Paule…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In a Patch Q & A, Weisert discusses why he's running for a seat on the Board of Education and what he plans to do for the district if elected.
PATCH: Why are you seeking a position on the Board of Education? WEISERT: I have lived in Bloomfield (and, for that matter, the same house) all of my life. I love this community and its people, and I want to be able to remain here. Unfortunately, I have seen property taxes approximately double in the last ten years. This has forced many long-time residents out of their homes because they can no longer afford the taxes. This is intolerable. I want to do what I can to act as a taxpayer advocate on the Board while at the same time keeping in mind that a quality school system is a significant factor in maintaining property values and that a first rate education for our children is absolutely necessary. I believe that I can be …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The public is invited at 7 pm to an open Q & A forum with the candidates for the Board of Education elections
Candidates who are running for office on the upcoming BOE elections will speak at a public forum at Bloomfield High School tonight. The Bloomfield Home & School Council is hosting the forum from 7PM to 9PM in the High School Auditorium. The 2012 candidates include Daniel Anderson, Dianna Fuller, Mary Shaughnessy and Kent Weisert. The forum will be moderated by Bloomfield Home & School Council Officers Mayra Pastore and Joanne Christiansen. The agenda for the evening will offer Bloomfield residents the opportunity to hear each candidate make opening and closing statements and respond to questions from the audience.