NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - At Monday night's meeting of the New Providence Board of Education, Mr. Wolak discussed the $320,000 in aid from the State of New Jersey for the district as was recently announced by the New Jersey Department of Education. This relief is 78% less than the state aid allocated in 2009/2010. However, the State's generosity is an increase from the total lack of funding New Providence received in state aid last year.
With the money, the district is planning to spend $10,000 on technology replacement and updating.
Since $310,000 will be available after the aforementioned improvement, the district will use the additional funds for tax relief. This sum of money will provide, approximately, a .02% tax levy decrease. While this is not a substantial decrease in taxes, the board repeatedly stated that the high standards of New Providence are not faltering and the curriculum as well as co-curriculum will not be cut in 2011.
In other news, Dr. Miceli announced that, currently, the New Providence School District is 2,247 students strong.
Dr. Miceli spoke about the international exchanges planned for the Spring. In March, New Providence will receive 22 French students and 38 Japanese students. The former is a traditional international exchange, while the latter is a science exchange.
Mr. Mitchell, the only Japanese language teacher in New Providence, commented on the exchange. He said that the Japanese and New Providence High School students will work cooperatively on continuing an experiment undertaken during last-year’s Japanese exchange – investigating acid rain.
The Spanish department at NPHS may be holding an exchange over Spring Break. However, the Italian department will not be exchanging students due to financial constraints at the sister high school in Italy.
Dr. Miceli also mentioned that three New Providence students were selected as National Merit Scholars and one New Providence student as a Presidential Scholar.
Before the Board of Education adjourned, Mr. Dibble recognized the retirement of senior Latin and English teacher, Mrs. Barbara Bair. She will effectively retire on April 1, 2011.