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Synopsis of a Westfield Board of Education Meeting on May 19

May 21, 2015

RECOGNITION OF MUSIC & DRAMA STUDENTS Board President, Richard Mattessich, presented certificates of achievement to intermediate and high school students who received state and regional ...

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Police Blotter

Vehicle Reported Stolen in Westfield

May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 5:49 p.m. Officers Popleik and Davis arrested Soncivae Brown, age 33, of Elizabeth for two outstanding warrants (total $973) out of Union Township municipal court to a motor ...

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Columns

In the Schools

Westfield High School Senior Jorge Ledesma Named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the selection of Jorge Ledesma, a senior at Westfield High School, as a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Ledesma is one of 141 outstanding ...

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Westfield Area Y

Westfield Area Y Offers Cool Classes This Summer

The Westfield Area Y Summer Session runs June 21 – August 29. Registration for Gold and Silver individual and family members begins Thursday, June 4. Members can register online. Open ...

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Connecting Commerce and Community

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce Introduces The Community Street map

The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce will once again produce its Community Street Map, which includes all of our five towns--Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, Scotch Plains and Westfield. ...

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Weltman Home Services

SAVINGS FROM WELTMAN HOME SERVICES

SAVE SAVE SAVE! Call Weltman Home Services at 888 935 8626    

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ViaNutrition

Mindful Eating Tip to Help with Health and Weight loss

Everyone just wants to feel better, move better, look better and be happy.  Not always in that order but they all rank up there. How we get there is different for everyone. Coming off of a ...

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Monday with Millicent

David’s Country Inn

At some special time in your life, you may be called upon to arrange a special affair for a family member, dear friend, or just because. Such was the case when we received an invitation to ...

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Point View WealthPoints

Soaring Dollar and Your Portfolio: What You Need to Know

Over the last year the Dollar has appreciated nearly 22% versus the world’s currencies.  With forecasts for continuing Dollar strength, what’s the next move for ...

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At Westfield BOE Meeting, Roofing Cost Reduction and Technology Policies Discussed

By ALEXANDRIA ADDESSO

June 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

WESTFIELD, NJ -   Although voters passed a bond referendum last November authorizing the district to sell $13.6 million in bonds for roofing projects, it will now only need to sell $10.1 million, the Board of Education learned at its June 17 meeting.
 
“We are significantly under our budget amount,” said Business Administrator Dana Sullivan.
 
As required by state law, the district had to take bids from contractors for the roofing projects and then choose the lowest offer, which resulted in $3.5 million in savings.
 
“We can use [the extra money] if something arises in the roof projects,” said Sullivan.
 
By approving the resolution the board secured a 10-year payback period rather than 15, saving the district $336,000 over the life of the bonds. The expected tax increase will also be lower.
 
The board also discussed and approved five policies on first reading. These policies included Acceptable Use for Computer Network, Computers, Personal Electronic Devices and Technology Resources; State Standardized Pupil Assessments; District Pupil Assessments; Digital Communication by School Staff; and Digital Communication by Support Staff.
 
The exact wording was changed so that three of the policies and the titles of the last two policies now include "Social Media".