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Sparta School District 2021-2022 Retirees Honored at Board of Education Meeting

September 23, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – A dozen Sparta school staff members who retired in the 2021- 2022 school year were honored at the board of education meeting on Thursday.  Superintendent Matthew Beck presented Cheryl Dekmar, Susan Graham and Carolyn Lynch with plaques, thanking them for their service to the district. The other retirees were not in attendance. 

“They certainly saw ...

Sparta Board of Education Member Resigns - Third This Year

SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education will be one member short at the September meeting next week with another resignation, the third this year.  Former board of education president Kim Bragg cited health issues as the reason for her departure three months prior to the end of her term.

“It has been an honor to serve this community,” Bragg said. “I would ...

Diversity Council, Askin & Hooker and Community Rebrand Handicapped Space in Sparta Schools

SPARTA, NJ- families, teachers and community members joined together to “repaint and rebrand” the handicapped parking spaces at the Sparta public schools.  On Saturday the Sparta High School based Diversity Council partnered with Askin & Hooker to sponsor the painting initiative.

“Although the goal was to repaint and rebrand the handicapped spots – another ...

Request for Student Committee on Sparta Board of Education

SPARTA, NJ - At last week's meeting, Sparta High School students and alumnae asked the board of education to expand the new mandate requiring a student representative on the board of education. Recent Sparta High School graduate Paige Sumowski and current junior at Sparta High School Sasha Nelson, urged the Board to put a student committee into effect, in addition to ...

Sparta Board of Education Approves New Sex Ed Curriculum

SPARTA, NJ – The new health standards were approved by the Sparta Board of Education at their last meeting. The community shared their thoughts both for and against having the school health teachers instruct children on topics related to sexuality and gender expression.

The vote was 6-2 with Kurt Morris and Lauren Collier opposing the curriculum. Craig Palleschi, Wendy Selander, ...

Sparta Schools Welcome New Staff 2022-2023

SPARTA, NJ – Back to school 2022 has a more familiar feel this year.  The schools held open houses for students to walk the halls, find their classrooms and lockers, take some of the mystery out of the first day jitters.

It was back to school for Sparta’s newest staff members as well.  They met at Mohawk Avenue School for their orientation before heading out to their ...

Sparta Board of Education Gives Superintendent a Mid-Contract Raise

SPARTA, NJ – After hearing from several residents, the Sparta Board of Education voted 6-1-1 to approve adding 1%  to Superintendent Matthew Beck’s contractual annual increase.  Just a year into the three year contract Beck asked the board of education members to up his annual raise to 4%.

The legal notice for the mandated hearing on the proposed contract change said Beck ...

Sparta School's Administrator Discusses New Health Standards, Resources, Community Interactions

SPARTA, NJ – The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Tara Rossi provided a few comments and additional details about the recent release of the new health curricula and option letters sent to parents.

Rossi said the district had received “over 1600 responses” with 80% of the families choosing to have their students “opt-in” or select the Family Life ...

Sparta Area Alumni Campus News - August 19, 2022

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta area alumni have earned accolades and degrees from their colleges.

Charles Donati earned a degree from University of East Stroudsburg.

Juliananna Riehl and Michael D’Auria graduated from Moravian Univeristy

The University of Vermont announced the Dean’s List for the spring 2022 semester:

Ethan Harby a biology major,
Christopher Kee a business ...

'Opt-Out' Confusion: Sparta School's New Health Curricula Announced

SPARTA, NJ – Parents in Sparta were told if they wanted access to their student's 2022-2023 teachers and schedules they had to decide whether they were going to opt-out or opt-in to having district staff teach the new sexual education lessons to their children. 

“I feel like we are being held hostage by the district,” one parent said who did not want to be ...


CCM President Iacono Gains Two New Honors

September 22, 2022

Randolph, NJ: County College of Morris (CCM) President Anthony J. Iacono once again has been ranked among the most esteemed leaders in higher education in New Jersey, named both to ROI-NJ’S list of The Top 25 Most Influential Presidents and NJBIZ’s Power 50 in Education.

In its ranking, ROI-NJ credited Iacono for leading CCM to become a comprehensive college focused on ...


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NJEDA To Open Food Security Planning Grant Program Application September 27

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it will open applications for its $1.5 million Food Security Planning Grant Program on Tuesday, September 27. This competitive program offers grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000 to municipal governments, county governments, and redevelopment agencies to develop plans to improve food ...

NJEDA to Host Main Street Micro Business Loan Program Virtual Information Session

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) is hosting a webinar for one of its new programs -- the Main Street Micro Business Loan -- to provide low-cost financing to New Jersey micro businesses in need of working capital to support future business operating expenses.

The Main Street Micro Business Loan will offer financing of up to $50,000 to eligible micro businesses in New ...

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?

Will My House Still Sell in Today’s Market?


If recent headlines about the housing market cooling and buyer demand moderating have you worried you’ve missed your chance to sell, here’s what you need to know. Buyer demand hasn’t disappeared, it’s just eased from the peak intensity we saw over the past two years.

Buyer Demand Then and ...

Advocating for your Child

September 26, 2022

One of the greatest responsibilities and opportunities we have as parents and guardians is to advocate for our children. As Board members, we also share an important role in advocating for ALL students.

Parents go to Board members and attend Board meetings with complaints about how a matter is handled with their child. One of the biggest misconceptions about being a Board of Education member ...


Negotiations are a necessary part of the district and an important part of being a board member.   It does not serve any one party to drag out the negotiation process .  Personal feelings and emotions need to be put aside for the sake of the students. More importantly it certainly does not help our community to put out false information while the negotiations are taking place.  An ...

Overcrowding at Alpine Elementary School

Alpine Elementary School is bursting at the seams. While I understand that there has been a population increase in our lower grades, this is not a new issue. The District must better accommodate the overpopulation at Alpine.

Did you know that there is no art classroom now? That the students are receiving art class via art on a cart? A cart is moved from class to class with art supplies on it ...

Getting Politics Out of Our Schools

I want to serve my community.  My running mates and I are seeking your votes because we want to get politics and political agendas out of the classroom.  We want the focus to be on Sparta’s students receiving a strong educational foundation in the classroom and allow parents to take care of the rest.

We are disappointed to learn that the Lake Mohawk Country Club ...

Register for 2023 Sparta Recreation Basketball

September 27, 2022

Register on October 1st to be a part of Sparta Recreation's 2023 Basketball League.  Grades kindergarten through third!  Please register by 12/30/22

The Addams Family at CCM Fall Musical Celebrates Hispanic Heritage and Family Dynamics

Randolph, NJ: The Department of Music, Performing Arts & Music Technologies at County College of Morris (CCM) is presenting The Addams Family, the musical, an entertaining exploration of family dynamics, as part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

With music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, the musical revolves around Wednesday Addams, who has fallen in love with a ...

League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands to Sponsor Sparta Board of Education Candidate Debate

September 16, 2022

SPARTA, NJ- Voters will have a chance to question board of education candidates on Sunday, September 18, at the League of Women Voters Sussex Highlands' debate.  Their event will be held in the auditorium at Sussex County Technical School beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. allowing time for audience members to submit their questions in writing to the ...

Ballot Positions Drawn for 2022 Sparta Township Council Candidates

SPARTA, NJ – The ballot positions have been drawn for the Sparta Township Council candidates.  On Thursday at 3 p.m. most of the candidates gathered in Township Clerk Kate Chambers office.

Three tags with the names of the candidates were dropped into a coffee can and - with the lid affixed, were given a good shake. The tags were pulled one by one and Chambers announced the ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, October 9, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Vintage Waterfowl Decoys: America's First Folk ...


Sun, October 9, 2:00 PM

VFW, Sparta

Sparta Students First to Host Townhall Candidate ...

Parking Rates and Policies for Town of Newton Updated September 1

September 26, 2022

NEWTON, NJ – Parking plaza passes for daily use can be purchased at the finance office in the municipal building.  The passes eliminate the need to purchase individual tickets from vending machines every time patrons use the parking lots.

The new rates for Parking Plaza Passes, effective as of August:

Monthly - $45
Quarterly - $135
Annual - $450

Parking passes and ...

Help from New Jersey Headed to Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Fiona

September 22, 2022

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is sending aid to Puerto Rico to help those impacted by Hurricane Fiona, which made landfall on Sunday, September 18. The storm brought more than 20 inches of rain and heavy wind, causing major infrastructure damage and power outages to the island.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico during this devastating time," Gov. Phil ...

TAPinto Wayne Celebrates 1 Million Pageviews and Counting in 2022

WAYNE, NJ — TAPinto Wayne and its owner/publisher Jon “Ferris” Meredith are celebrating two milestones — 1 million pageviews, and counting, in 2022, and the third anniversary of his TAPinto franchise, which he launched on his birthday, September 9, 2019.

It’s the second time in three years  that the local news and digital marketing ...