NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Education Foundation surpassed its last year’s gift by donating its biggest check yet. President of the Foundation Gene Castagna presented the check of $72,756.21 to the Board of Education (BOE) at the Monday, Jan. 30 meeting.

This year the foundation was able to fulfill every grant request, Castagna said. Last year the organization gave the district $70,348.50 for a variety of educational programs that are not funded through the general budget. Since its inception in 2004 the organization has donated over one million dollars to the district. 

The organization promotes partnership between the public schools and the community and raises funds through their fundraising events, such as Strides4Students 5K run/walk and Touchdown for Education.

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The board also received $1,236.00 to the New Providence High School Class of 1960 Walter McCarthy and Edward Lieder Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mr. Trezza of the Drive for Autism Foundation provided a grant of $2,250.00 to be used for focus desks at the Salt Brook School as well as a grant of $1,500.00 to benefit the Allen W. Roberts School.

Additionally, the New Providence Athletics Booster Club gifted $7,686.00 to the BOE for the installation of new windows in the Lieder Field press box. The board also accepted the Allen W. Robert School PTA mini-grants totaling $5.009.60. 

With regard to other news the board approved a policy (#5116) regarding education of homeless children. Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Scott Hough explained that this policy is new to the district. The policy became more acute when many families were forced to relocate in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

The state regulates that homeless children are allowed to go to school in the district of their last permanent residence. In that case the district is responsible for the transportation cost from the temporary residence to the school. However, families may choose to have their children attend the school of their temporary residence. In that case the district of the last permanent residence is responsible for the cost of education. 

After one year, the permanent and temporary school districts may negotiate with the affected family so as to determine the best solution for the student. Hough noted that there are “no real boundaries” how the situation is dealt with regarding homeless students. However, the state may step in with suggestions.

In another topic, Board Member Mary Misiukiewicz presented Certificates of Excellence to the New Providence Marching Band representatives for the band’s exceptional and victorious season.