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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…

Traditional Thanksgiving Game Postponed

  The Asbury Park school district issued the following statement this week: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the traditional Thanksgiving Day football game between Asbury Park High School and Neptune Township High School is being postponed until a mutually agreeable date. On behalf of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township School Districts, be assured that the safety of our students, staff and communities remains paramount. We extend to you a Happy Thanksgiving!”

In Asbury Park: Charter School Application Carried

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI The application for the College Achieve Asbury Park Charter School has been carried to the zoning board’s Dec.12 meeting. The school which has already opened at 700 Grand Ave. is ready to move students to its second location in the First Baptist Church at Third and Grand avenues pending the board’s vote. The application requires a use variance for the site to operate as a school. Although testimony was given and witnesses were cross examined, the board wanted to hear from an Asbury Park police officer regarding the embarking and disembarking of students to and from school…

Ocean League Sponsors Candidates Forum for Board of Education Seats

  On Thurs., Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m.  the Township of Ocean League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for three Board of Education seats.  The incumbents, Joseph Hadden, James Dietrich, and David Marshall are running unopposed. They will have the opportunity to express their positions on issues relevant to the school district’s policies and will address questions submitted by the public in writing and read by the forum moderator. In accordance with the League’s non-partisan policy, a trained moderator from outside the school district will direct questions to the candidates.  Statements and responses will be timed by volunteers…

Walking to School for Your Health

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A coalition to promote healthy living has been resurrected in the past months and is spreading the word about the importance of good nutrition and exercise throughout the community. Lisa Lee, project director for the coalition and manager of Bike & Pedestrian Programs,  said the new group came about following the Creative Asbury Park seminars in January. Since that time, the coalition has taken part in the Shoreline Heart Walk associated with the American Heart Association, held a Family Fun Night last month at St. Peter Claver Center in Asbury Park and raffled off walks…

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