Education

Additional State Aid May Fund Part-Time District Security Position

8b897ad9721e836f23d6_DSC_0350-3.JPG
Twelve years into its 10-year shelf life, Summit's Upper Tatlock field is now targeted to have its turf surface replaced in the summer of 2019. Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
8b897ad9721e836f23d6_DSC_0350-3.JPG

SUMMIT, NJ - Projecting, based on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's budget proposal, that it will receive $350,000+ more than anticipated from the state next year, the Summit Public School District, its administrators and the Summit Board of Education welcomed the development.

“It’s all good news for Summit,” said Lou Pepe, Assistant Superintendent for Business.  

The preliminary District budget did not plan for the increase. Pepe said that the increase will allow for a part-time security guard  in addition to the full-time security guard. The position, about three hours per evening, would total $16,714. The balance would be applied to reduce the tax levy from 1.89 percent to 1.384 percent.

Sign Up for E-News

During the meeting, Board Member Donna Miller asked for more specifics on the planned reduction of five elementary classes.  Superintendent June Chang said that he did not have any official information. “We have somewhat of an idea, but I can’t confirm,” he said.  He said that possible retirements might impact the decision.

Miller also asked about the expense for the turf field at Upper Tatlock. Pepe said that it is part of the five-year facility plan but that it not would impact the budget this year. The field has a 10-year life expectancy, and it is 12 years old. He said that capital reserve will be used for the project, which will be replaced in its entirety probably during the summer of 2019.  “We have to figure out the optimal time to address the field because it will be out-of-use for a couple of months, “ he said

Safety

Board President Rick Hanley said that the District has been working under the guidelines of Focus Area #3, to provide a safe environment for students and teachers. He said that the District has been allocating the time and resources to bolster security, entrance ways, the processing of visitors, and policies “to the chagrin of some.” He said that the ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) active shooter drills that are taught in the school, along with staff training, and new intercom systems add to the safety level. Additionally, the schools now have numbered windows to help locate classrooms rapidly.

A “canine sweep” of Summit High School was done on February 21, and no illegal substances were found. “Students can enter a drug-free environment and focus on education,” Hanley said. He said that the members of the Board have a collective 16 children either in or recently graduated from the Summit Public Schools, so they want to make sure the buildings are “as secure as they can be.”

IXL Skills Testing

Education Committee Chair David Dietze said that they were working toward remedying the challenges faced by sixth grade test scores. He said that much of the problem is in grammar and supportive text. Dietze said that there are several steps being taken by the District to improve the scores including professional development, which gives the teachers the latest tools to teach grammar, sharing best practices among the schools, and using podcasts.  

Pathways

Dietze also shared plans for the new 'Pathways' program, to be introduced next year beginning with the Class of 2021.  It is a program that focuses on STEAM, and allows students to “specialize” in an area, like a major. Summit High School Principal Stacy Grimaldi said that the classes will be in areas such as pre-engineering, biology, computer programming, computer engineering, pre-med, and sustainability.  The program will not use any additional budget dollars, and students in the 'Pathways' program will be in the same class as other students not enrolled in 'Pathways'. There will be a preset menu of courses to take to answer the question,”What should I take if I want to do 'X' as a career?”

Lice v. Nits

Policy Chair Vanessa Primack said that the policy has been updated. The mention of the word “nits” has been removed from the head lice policy. Students are allowed back in the classroom once active lice have been treated; nits are no longer mentioned, in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control.

The 'Summit Story'

Communications Chair Chris Bonner said that his committee has been working on updating 'The Summit Story,' a 20-page document that gives a snapshot of the District. “It tells folks coming to Summit what they are buying into,” he said.  It compares Summit to districts of like size, and explains how students are doing in the classroom. Twenty pages is too long, he said, so this spring and summer the committee will revamp the document.

Retirement

The Board acknowledged the retirement of Dr. Jane Kachmar-Desonne, long-time director of special education services with a standing ovation. According to a District spokesperson, no decision has been made regarding Kachmar-Desonne's replacement and the position will be posted.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Summit

Lessons Learned From Summit

April 13, 2018

Over twenty years ago a terrible thing happened in Summit.

The then-mayor prevailed on the police chief to stand before the municipal judge to obtain a warrant to search the files of the chemical counselor of the Summit Junior High School. These files, by statute, were confidential. Nobody knows what the Mayor hoped to learn from this raid. The case wound its way up to the Superior Court, ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_0238521efc57edc6deec_cbc380c3940923447fbf_adobestock_95664806_dragons

Sat, April 21, 2:00 PM

Summit Free Public Library, Summit

Grades K-5: Saturday Serendipity

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_92eaadab4fea5d764092_edc2dcd4802a1c409d7c_screen_shot_2018-04-03_at_1.15.57_pm

Sun, April 22, 8:00 AM

Summit Summer Farmers Market, Summit

Summit Farmers Market

Community Calendar Food & Drink Green Health & Wellness

Summit Fire Department Blotter

02/01/2018, 7:26 am - FD dispatched to Route 78 East Bound mile marker 47.2 for a reported motor vehicle accident with entrapment and injuries. On arrival both the Springfield and Summit Fire Departments set up for extrication. The vehicle was chocked to stabilize the vehicle. EMS performed patient care. A hose line was stretched for possible fire suppression by the Berkeley Heights FD.

Summit Police Blotter

April 11, 2018

3/13 - Jayhee Cho, 32, of Summit was arrested and charged with criminal mischief. Mr. Cho was processed and released with a pending court date.

3/13 - Aseyefigh K. Papanye, 30, of Brooklyn, New York was arrested and charged with theft of credit cards, fraudulent use of credit cards, theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, obstruction of the administration of the law, and possession of ...

Audio: Point View's Petrides Says Despite Company Growth, Netflix Stock Valuation Just Too High

April 18, 2018

Point View Wealth Management's Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, John Petrides, live on Bloomberg Radio discussing what to do with Netflix stock post the strong quarterly results:

ptview.com/medias/tv-radio

Note -  interview starts at 2:00-minute mark.

For nearly 25 years, Point View Wealth Management, Inc. has been working with families in ...

Team Veronica Holds "Be the Match" Drive Apr. 23

Team Veronica is coming to a town near you!

Veronica is a seven-year-old who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Be The Match is a national registry for finding a match(es) for a bone marrow transplant. It is a simple swab test of the inside of your mouth. 

On Mon., April 23, Be The Match will be at the Bayonne Fire House from 3 - 7 p.m.

Veronica of West ...

Fear of Rising Rates? Remember The Reason You Own Bonds

If the current interest environment has you concerned about your bond portfolio, remember why you are investing in bonds.  The role bonds, or fixed income, play in a portfolio is not solely based on performance.  Bonds are used to offer stability, particularly when stock market volatility is rising. Rate hikes can dampen bond performance, but keep perspective on how rising rates impact ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 14

On this week’s AtlantiCast, an internationally recognized orthopedic oncologist takes a leadership role at Atlantic Health System, see the newest weapon in the fight against HPV-related cancers, Atlantic Health System leads the Castle Connolly / Inside Jersey Rankings, and much more!

 

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.

 

Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...

Practice for the PARCC @ Your Library

Students in Grades 3 and up who live in Summit can practice the Math and Language Arts skills that they learned in school and prepare for the upcoming PARCC exam using the Summit Free Public Library’s FREE subscriptions to Lumos Step Up and Learning Express.  

To access Lumos Step Up and Learning Express, visit the library’s website:  www.summitlibrary.org.

Mouse-over ...