Monday, May 20, 2013
Suhani Balachandran won the McGraw-Hill writing contest, as the only New Jersey finalist.
Marlboro has yet another successful student to congratulate. Suhani Balachandran, a fourth grader at Defino Elementary School, won the national McGraw-Hill writing contest in the fourth-sixth grade adventure category for her story, “A Night to Remember.” According to a district news release, "her prize package includes: SRA Reading Labs 2.0 class set for a full year, an iPad for classroom use, Specific Skills Series for Language Arts, and Classroom set of Wonders, for an approximate total prize value of $5,116. In addition, Suhani’s writing passage will be featured in SRA Reading Laboratory 2.0." Balachandran's essay went through a public voting process, which her father Bala posted on Patch. Congratulations, Suhani! Keep writing!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Two teams from Marlboro Middle School were awarded Honorable Mention in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program, the world’s largest K-12 science and technology competition.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Josh Pollak filed a complaint against Victoria Dean with the State Department of Education on April 23.
The NJ School Ethics Commission has officially acknowledged the receipt of ethic charges filed against Board Vice President Victoria Dean, according to complaint documents. The complaint was submitted by Marlboro resident and Planning Board member Josh Pollak who claims Dean donated an iPad at a February Knights of Columbus fundraiser which was allegedly labeled "Marlboro Republican Club, Victoria Dean, Vice President of Marlboro School Board." Pollak alleges Dean used a political standing in conjunction with her position on the board, which would violate local and state school board ethics standards. "I have reviewed the Ethics complaint that was filed against me and it is completely frivolous and politically motivated," Dean said in a …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Marlboro Township Schools have rallied together to raise funds in honor of local student, Leeya Gabay.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Details of other security upgrades to the district are witheld for safety reasons.
One measure of Marlboro's longterm school security plan is in place after the Board of Education voted to hire Robert Delaune, a former Tinton Falls police officer, as its new school security supervisor. Delaune's resume, requested through the Open Public Records Act by a Patch reader, indicates Delaune was a military police drill sergeant until 2003, and worked as a school resource officer in Tinton Falls until 2012. An April 22 special meeting agenda noted the board would be entering executive session to interview candidates for the school security position. The agenda indicated action may be taken after executive session. An addendum was added to the April 23 meeting agenda, calling for a board vote to hire Delaune. Details of other …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The board has chosen Dr. Eric Hibbs of the Mount Holly school district.
The Board of Education has chosen its new superintendent, Dr. Eric Hibbs of the Mount Holly school district. Board President Michael Lilonsky announced on Thursday that the search is over, after months of interviews following the retirement announcement of 15-year superintendent Dr. David Abbott. A public meet and greet is scheduled for May 8 at 7 p.m. at Marlboro Middle School. The veteran superintendent has seen the world of education change drastically, and has been at the helm in Marlboro for 15 years. Read more about Dr. Abbott's 43 years in education.
Monday, April 29, 2013
NJ DOE releases School Performance Reports focused on college and career readiness.
The Department of Education released new School Performance Reports for all schools in the state for the 2012-13 school year last week. The reports include new data on college and career readiness and provide comparison to “peer schools” in order to provide a more complete picture of school performance for educators and the general public. In addition, the Department released the 2013 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending to help New Jersey residents and interested citizens learn how their tax dollars are spent in their schools. Scroll down for an updated list of article as Patch continues to analyze the state data. “These new school performance reports were developed with the input of stakeholders across the state and provide a …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Marlboro Memorial fell below the state target in college readiness.
Marlboro's middle schools received a mixed bag of grades from the state, according to the NJ Department of Education School Report Card. Marlboro Middle School came in below two state targets, academic achievement and college readiness. According to the NJDOE, academic achievement measures content knowledge in language arts and math as measured by NJASK scores. Marlboro Middle School outperformed 40 percent of its peer group and 83 percent of the state, but only reached 75 percent of the state target. The peer group is made up of schools determined to have a similar demographic, including in special education. Eighteen percent of the school's population is considered disabled by the state. MMS did not meet the state target in school wide …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The school did not meet the state target in academic achievement.
Defino Elementary did not meet the state academic achievement target, according to the NJ Department of Education School Report Card. According to the NJDOE, academic achievement measures content knowledge in language arts and math as measured by NJASK scores. Defino outperformed 65 percent of its peer group of schools and 91 percent of the state, but only reached 88 percent of the state's goal. The report cites anything above 80 percent is considered "very high performance." The report cites a gap between NJASK scores of students with disabilities and the school wide scores. Thirteen percent of Defino's population is considered disabled under state standards. The peer group is made up of schools determined to have a similar demographic, …
A joint bidding venture with the Marlboro Board of Education for street and non-street lighting could save taxpayer's money.
Marlboro Township and its Board of Education has teamed up again to save money on electric bills, according to a news release. The two administrations joined in a reverse online auction, looking for the lowest bidders to energy to street and non-street lighting. Mayor Jon Hornik said it could save $510,000. "Shared services and thinking outside the box on purchasing creates real efficiencies and savings for the taxpayers," Hornik said. “These savings were achieved as a direct result of the Township and the Board of Education joining together and combining their electric power demands to secure the most advantageous pricing." Approval for the bidding process came from the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services, and led to a two-…