District Prepared for Thursday Start of School


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - With the first day of school coming Sept. 4, the administration is preparing for a new year with a number of new administrative staff, curriculum updates and more.

The first day of school will be a full day for all students, with primary schools running from 8:35 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.; intermediate schools running from 9:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; middle school from 7:35 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; high school from 7:20 a.m. to 2:21 p.m.; morning kindergarten from 8:35 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; and afternoon kindergarten from 12:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.

Projected enrollment for this year is 8,600, as opposed to the 8,610 enrolled in the school as of Oct. 15, 2013.

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This year, the district has a number of new administrative staff, some being promoted from within, others starting anew with the district.

The new staff members are:

  • Victor P. Hayek, superintendent of schools
  • Kathie DeBonie, elementary assistant principal for the West Schools
  • Lisa Ferreira, special education supervisor, PreK­–4
  • Jennifer Edge, supervisor of social studies, 7–12
  • Will Ferry, principal, Hillside Intermediate School
  • Kimberly Gentilcore, human resources manager
  • Brian Henry, supervisor of health, physical education and nursing, K–12
  • Marc Hungarter, Hillside Intermediate School assistant principal
  • Karen Jones, interim assistant principal, BRHS
  • Brent McGuinness, special education supervisor, 9–12
  • Maureen McVeigh-Berzok, interim supervisor of English, 7–12
  • Mark Morrell, interim principal, BRHS
  • Jeff Presley, special education supervisor, 5–8
  • Heather Shanklin, supervisor of science and social studies, K–6
  • Kristen Taylor, special education supervisor, 7–12
  • Suzanne Wooby, supervisor of instruction, 7–8
  • Laura Zamrok, elementary assistant principal for the East Schools

In the upcoming school year, there will also be 81 new teachers joining the district, some filling of absence positions and others in tenure track positions.

According to a release from the district, teachers and supervisors worked on more than 50 curriculum projects over the summer to revise and enhance the curriculum in several content areas. In addition, new textbooks have been ordered in Italian, Honors Biology, Forensics and 7th and 8th grade science.

In addition, the release said, Parent University was launched this year, and information sessions will be scheduled for the coming year.

As for technology changes, a new computer lab has been installed at the middle school for the new seventh grade tech curriculum, and Gmail has been implemented for faculty and staff.

Among the other technology upgrades, the district has finalized the installation of ceiling mounted LCDs and SmartBoards for all classrooms, and implemented a BRHS 1-to-1 for faculty with enough computers for all students.

According to the release, for building projects, annual maintenance continues, and the current major project is the replacement of the Basilone Field turf.

At the primary and intermediate schools, the cost of lunch will be $2.55 this year. At the middle school, the cost is $2.70, and at the high school the cost is $2.85.

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