Friday, March 22, 2013
Westfield School District mailed letters to seven families allowing them to have the option of choosing which intermediate school their fifth grader will attend.
Several Washington Elementary School parents questioned the Westfield Board of Education's decision to allow seven of the 27 families who have fifth graders bound for Edison Intermediate School as part of the five-year redistricting plan to decide which intermediate school they would like their children to attend. During Thursday evening's public meeting held in the auditorium of Westfield High School, Lori Feinberg, Diane Dobosiewicz and Ginger Clarke-Walden said they only learned Wednesday that seven of their fifth graders' classmates-several of whom live on their block-will have the option of attending Roosevelt Intermediate School with the bulk of their peers, because they have a younger sibling who will attend RIS several years from …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
In response to requests from parents, the Long Range Planning Committee recommended that families who will have two students at the intermediate level in the next few years can request that both children attend the same school.
Thursday, March 21
The following is Westfield Schools Superintendent Margaret Dolan's synopsis of the Tuesday, March 19 Board of Education meeting: I am pleased to share with the Board and the public excerpts from a letter dated March 4, 2013 from Christopher Cerf, Commissioner of Education. Mr. Cerf sent “congratulations on the many prestigious awards and accomplishments recently earned by students of Westfield Public Schools.” While addressed to me, this letter is a reflection on our entire community, as Mr. Cerf notes, “The stature and wide range of the accomplishments are a testament to the commitment of not only the students, but also the parents, teachers and school administrators.” He requested: “Please extend my congratulations to your students …
Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in Westfield High School auditorium
The Westfield Board of Education will hold its final public hearing on the 2013-2014 school year budget at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Westfield High School's auditorium. Following the hearing, the board will vote on adopting this budget in order to meet the schedule set by the State. The bulk of the tentative budget—80 percent—is comprised of salaries and benefits. School district business administrator Dana Sullivan said negotiations with the Westfield Education Association have not started yet but she believes they will begin soon. When the current contract was ratified in March of 2010, it was a source of contention within the community as it included a 3.9-percent salary increase. At the time, newly-elected Board member Mitch Slater was…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Budget could be adopted Thursday.
Budget talks for the 2013-2014 school year will continue at the Westfield Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at 302 Elm St. The meeting will also include a Violence, Vandalism, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Report. To view tonight's meeting's agenda in its entirety, click here and then click on the document marked 3/19/13. The Board will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the auditorium of Westfield High School for the final budget hearing, at which time it is anticipated that the Board will adopt the final budget to meet the schedule set by the State. All are welcome to attend both meetings.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Officer would be stationed at the high school but could move among district's schools.
The Westfield Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the $96 million preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its public meeting Tuesday evening. Among the reallocations that have occurred since the budget was last presented on Feb. 19 is the appropriation of $50,000 for a School Resource Officer. Business administrator Dana Sullivan explained that this represents half the cost of putting a police officer at the high school. The other half would be borne by the Town of Westfield. While that officer would be stationed mainly at Westfield High School, he or she would have the ability to move throughout the district's elementary and intermediate schools as well. "Over the last few months the district has been communicating …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Public meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at 302 Elm St.
The Westfield Board of Education will vote to adopt the $96 million preliminary budget for the 2013-2014 school year at its public meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at 302 Elm St. On Thursday, the NJ Department of Education released state aid numbers which showed the Westfield School District will receive $1 more in state aid than it did last year, for a total of $2,832,317. (The Board addressed that increase in a letter to the editor.) The bulk of the tentative budget--80 percent--is comprised of salaries and benefits. Negotiations with the Westfield Education Association are ongoing as the three-year teachers' contract expires on June 30, 2013. When the current contract was ratified in March of 2010, it was source of …
Board says because Westfield is considered a "wealthy district," taxpayers shoulder disproportionate burden.
Dear Residents of Westfield: You may have read the headlines that two-thirds of New Jersey’s public school districts have received an increase in State aid for the 2013-2014 school year. On February 28th, the Westfield Board of Education was notified by the State that the District would receive an increase of one dollar in State aid for school funding next year. It is important for Westfield residents to understand how Westfield fares in State funding allocations and how it affects our community. Under the current State Funding Formula, Westfield is considered a wealthy district, and therefore a disproportionate burden is placed on the local taxpayer. Westfield residents send more than $74 million annually in income tax to the State of New…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The 2013-2014 budget will be discussed during the 7:30 p.m. Board of Education meeting.
The Westfield Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. at 302 Elm St. The Board will begin the meeting by recognizing the regional band, chorus, and orchestra. Talks will continue regarding the 2013-2014 school year budget. At the Board's last meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the following dates were tentatively set to continue the budget discussion: Public Board Meeting-Budget Presentation/Discussion Adoption of Tentative Budget Special Budget Meeting-Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 Budget Adoption of the final 2013-2014 Budget To view tonight's meeting's agenda in its entirety, click here and then click on the document marked 2/19/13.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Meetings will be held at 302 Elm Street
Thursday, February 7
The next Board of Education public meeting to include discussion of the 2013-2014 school district budget will be held Tuesday evening, February 19, at 7:30 PM in Room 105 at 302 Elm Street. The public is welcomed to attend and to keep apprised of Board discussions, presentations and other meeting dates at www.westfieldnjk12.org/budget1314, andwww.westfieldnjk12.org/video , and in the Superintendent’s summary of each Board meeting at www.westfieldnjk12.org/synopsis .
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Poetry contest, Rock 4 Schools, and Origami Exhibit announced at meeting.
The following were announced at Tuesday's meeting of the Westfield Board of Education: