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$1,000 Grant to Ocean School for New Uniforms for Track and Field Teams

  Athletes at the Township of Ocean Intermediate School will benefit from the 2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. The cross country and track and field teams received $1,000 to help purchase uniforms for the growing program. Applicant Lori Fornicola said having new, matching uniforms will increase school spirit and promote pride for participants. She is hoping to maintain a quality program for everyone who wishes to take part, despite budget cuts. The school is one of five New Jersey Schools receiving a Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant this year.  The others are Bellville High School, Cliffside…

Newest City Charter School Moves into New Facility

  College Achieve Greater Asbury Park Public School has opened its new campus at 508 Third Avenue. The school has an additional location at Grand Avenue. The new building will house more than 200 students in grades kindergarten through second grade. For the remainder of this school year, however, it will be only through first grade. In the 2018/2019 school year classes will expand to second grade. The new facility will include over 17,000 square feet of learning space, including a 2,000 square foot play room, classrooms, a kitchen, cafeteria and office space. “We are thrilled to open the doors…

New School Chief in Asbury Park

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The Asbury Park School District has a new superintendent filling the position vacated by Dr. Lamont Repollet after he was named Commissioner of Education by Governor Phillip Murphy. Sancha K. Gray, who has been acting superintendent since January, was appointed to the position at a recent Board of Education meeting. Gray had been the assistant superintendent for one year after serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction since 2014. Gray was born and raised in Brooklyn and began her teaching career in East Orange teaching math and social studies in the middle school. She then…

Slight Increase in Neptune School Tax

  If the school budget is approved next week the school tax rate in Neptune will drop by about six cents this year although the average homeowner will pay an extra $66 in school taxes due to the increased value of homes in the township. The total $91.5 million budget, to be voted by the public on April 17, calls for a school tax rate of about 98 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation, down from about a $1.04 tax rate last year. However, due to an increase in ratables, the school taxes for an average home went from $3,023…

Students Show Support for Action on Gun Violence

  By DON STINE Neptune and Ocean Township High School students joined other students in a national walkout across the United States Wed., March 14 in a protest urging elected officials to take action on school gun violence The demonstration comes one month after the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed. More than 2,800 demonstrations were held in all 50 states, from Maine to Hawaii, and drew hundreds of thousands of students. Students also gathered in major cities, like New York, and others gathered outside of the White House to…

School Officials Take Extra Steps to Ensure Student, Staff Safety

  By JOANNE PAPAIANNI and DON STINE School officials in the area have taken measures to ensure the safety of students and staff in the wake of the deadly shootings at a Florida school. Security has been increased and letters have been sent home to parents about school safety. John Napolitani, president of the Asbury Park Education Association said security was increased at city schools after the shooting. “They checked every individual student coming into the school at the Middle School,” he said earlier this week. Napolitani, who lives in Ocean Township, says he does worry about his own children…

Ocean Township Student Reaches Semi-Finals in National Science Competition

  A student from Ocean Township has recently become one of 10 semifinalists in a national space engineering competition. Myles Fort, of Ocean Township, was recognized in the junior level division in the five to 12 year old group in American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Foundation and NASA’s Two for the Crew Challenge. He will now progress to the next round of competition. According to a release from Future Engineers, an online education platform, there are 20 semifinalists in the Two for the Crew Challenge, the sixth in a series of design competitions tasking students to invent useful items…

New Acting Chief in Asbury Park

  Sancha K. Gray, the former assistant superintendent of schools in Asbury Park has been named Asbury Park acting superintendent following the appointment of Dr. Lamont Repollet as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education. Repollet was named superintendent four years ago and was chosen by Governor Philip Murphy to head the state’s eduction department. “It is with great joy, excitement and humility that I assume the role of Acting Superintendent of the Asbury Park School District. Ours is one that has been defined as the most rapidly improving district in the nation by Ed Week in November 2016. This distinction represents…

City School Chief Nominated for Commissioner

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park School Superintendent  Dr. Lamont Repollet has been chosen by Governor Philip  Murphy to be New Jersey’s next Commissioner of Education. Repollet, in his three and a half years in the city, made a positive impression, introducing new programs and increasing test scores and high school graduation rates. He brought in new staff along with new programs including  a detailed plan, entitled Building a Better Future, as a blueprint to improve the troubled district. At the high school level he introduced engineering, nursing and law and public safety programs. He also coordinated with Brookdale…

All I Want for Christmas

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With only a few days left until Christmas, visions of toys are dancing in the heads of little ones who can’t wait for the arrival of the jolly old man dressed in red. Hoping that he will bring them their every heart’s desire, it seems that plenty of kids have been compiling their wish list all year long. Preschool students at the Early Childhood Center in Neptune have their Christmas letter to Santa ready-to-go and were willing to discuss what they hope he brings them this year. Preschooler Iver Delmundo, who said that Santa lives in…

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