Senate Panel Calls For Consolidating School Districts

first_imgStudying Sweeney’s merger recommendation from both perspectives, Coffey said it’s a circumstance of “different strokes for different folks.” If this recommendation is adopted, it could cause a complicated situation in Colts Neck, among other local regional school districts. During a presentation April 16 to members of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association at their headquarters in Trenton, Sweeney said, “You can’t change the system if you don’t fix the system.” Under the proposal, these three lower level schools would fall under the umbrella of the FRSD, which would also have to account for lower level schools in the five other districts, which could lead to costly contract negotiations as the salaries and health benefits of faculty and staff are equalized. The Colts Neck superintendent could not be reached for comment. Sweeney then unveiled a list of 32 recommendations, titled a “Path to Progress,” proposed by the workgroup, which includes the merger of all elementary and middle school districts into K-12 regional districts. Last year New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney assembled 26 experts as part of an economic and fiscal policy workgroup that was charged with studying tax and fiscal policy, while identifying methods for New Jersey to combat soaring pension and benefit costs, stabilize property tax levies and, among other tasks, make school districts more efficient. The township’s lower level schools – Conover Road Primary, Conover Road Elementary and Cedar Drive Middle Schools – are currently governed by their own superintendent as part of the Colts Neck Township School District. Several Two River-area school districts could be targeted for consolidation after a series of new recommendations were delivered last week by New Jersey’s top lawmaker. Once these schools merge, Kossack said teachers at the highest end of the wage scale would be unlikely to accept salary cuts to level the compensation among new colleagues at consolidated schools. Kossack said part of the job description in a smaller district is a hands-on approach to educational management and leadership, including regular in-class observations of faculty and meetings with staff members to gain a better understanding of issues that are important to their school communities. “Hypothetically, the financial impact would far exceed the total savings for reducing the superintendents,” said Carolyn M. Kossack, Little Silver public schools superintendent. “You’re talking about negotiating more than one common contract across several municipalities. That’s a big task.” Colts Neck Township High School is part of the Freehold Regional School District (FRSD), alongside Freehold Boro, Freehold Township, Howell, Manalapan and Marlboro high schools. Kossack’s Little Silverschools, together with thosein Red Bank and Shrewsbury,would fall under the directionof the Red Bank RegionalHigh School District. In theory, Sweeney’s proposal calls for the elimination of superintendent positions in smaller school districts, placing the oversight of those consolidated elementary and middle school communities under the purview of their regional high school superintendent. “For lack of a better expression, that sense of intimacy creates a stronger communal climate. When a superintendent walks the halls and knows the teachers and staff and can connect with them about life, it creates more understanding,” Kossack said. “When you get to a point of regionalizing and becoming so large, you risk losing that intimacy.” “You can quantify the exact cost savings of eliminating ‘x’ number of superintendents. But there’s a value to each of those towns having their own superintendent that is not as easily calculable,” Coffey said. “It’s like the last photo I have of my mother and I. The photo itself is worth about 7 cents. But to me, I can’t put a personal value on it.” He also serves as the corporation counsel for the City of Bayonne, a municipality considered to have a large school district, like Middletown and Holmdel townships. Coffey added that in smaller school districts like Oceanport, which would be managed by the Shore Regional High School District with schools from Monmouth Beach and West Long Branch, the notion of cost savings versus value added should be factored into the equation. With superintendents so involved in the day-to-day lives of their faculty and students, Kossack wonders if similar concerns will fall through the cracks should this consolidation measure be adopted. Over the last three years Kossack has filed letters to the state and spoken with legislators from New Jersey’s 11th and 13th congressional districts advocating for additional funding for special needs students in Little Silver and around the Two River peninsula. “The goal is to eliminate the administration, but keep the principals in the schools and let the regional high school become a K-12 district,” Sweeney said. “It’s dangerous to applya broad scope plan to reallynarrowly scoped issues, andI don’t think there’s a panaceathat can be applied across thestate,” Coffey said. “Whetherconsolidation is good or bad iscompletely dependent on thesituation. What may be goodfor one town or county maynot be good for another. Thefinancial layers of muscle willbe different in a big schoolsystem versus a smaller one.” “You’ll probably save close to about a billion dollars,” Sweeney said, noting the annual total cost savings to tax payers. “Instead, salaries and benefits would have to be negotiated up,” Kossack said. “And you’d see the same trickle-up effect with administrative staff, too.” Before winning a mayoralelection in 2015 as a write-incandidate, Jay Coffey was amember of the OceanportBoard of Education, anotherschool district selected forconsolidation.last_img read more

Take Talented Tony K

first_imgSunday racing resumes at Caymanas Park today with a nine-race programme commencing at 12:50 p.m. The feature event is the annual renewal of the Joseph Armond Memorial Trophy restricted allowance race over 1820 metres to be contested by eight native bred three-year-olds. They include top contenders BIG BLACK NATION, BLUE PEPSI LINKS, ACAPULCO, and the recent winner, PIANO MAN. With three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson down to ride the Patrick Lynch-trained ACAPULCO, the three-year-old colt has most appeal on the strength of his close second to DELIGHTFUL BRENDA over 2000 metres recently. Elsewhere on the programme, the 2014 Guineas and Lotto Classic winner, TALENTED TONY K, is a strong fancy to win the overnight allowance race over the straight ahead of old rival DREAMLINER and GARY GLITTER. He showed his usual dash when finishing second in a hot sprint recently, and being the joint track record holder for the distance (56.1), should take a lot of catching with Nelson aboard. Other firm fancies on the card are DIFERENTGENERATION, to repeat in the third race over the straight, FRANKENSTORM in the fourth, and Nelson’s mount SHARP SKIRT in the sixth.last_img read more

PBA Finals: Magnolia guards outshine Alaska counterparts in Game 1

first_imgSpry guard Jio Jalalon also gave Magnolia a lift with an all-around effort of seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Paul Lee added 14 points. Jalalon was a game-high plus-29.“I thought their guards just took it at us. They handled us,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton said.Alaska’s guards on the other hand, couldn’t get anything going in the first half where Magnolia took control of the game. Guards Chris Banchero, Jvee Casio and Simon Enciso scored just two points each in the first two quarters.Banchero, who is playing his best basketball this conference and leads all locals in assists per game, finished with 12 points, six assists and six turnovers while Enciso and Casio had nine and seven points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Running and music go together for 12,000 Filipinos who joined this year’s The Music Run by Philam Vitality Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESOne of Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero’s concerns heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series against Alaska was the Aces’ bevy of guards led by Chris Banchero.Magnolia’s guards, however, had something to say about that in the Hotshots’ 100-84 ripping of the Aces in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We talked about the imports are a given that they would cancel each other out and it would boil down to the guards. That’s their strength and it’s also our strength so we need to match their effort,” said Hotshots guard Mark Barroca.Barroca played a vital role in the finals opener, finishing with 16 points and five steals. He had 10 points alone in the fourth quarter, including seven in a telling 9-0 run that sealed the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s a veteran and he knows how to play in the championship series,” Victolero said of Barroca, a five-time champion and one-time Finals MVP.“He did a good job on both ends of the floor and i expect my guards to at least matchup with Alaska’s guards. I’m happy because our guards really stepped up.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

The African Union vs. Women, Peace and Security

first_imgIn November 2005, the African Union (AU) Protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa came into force. This Protocol provides a legal framework committing African leaders to the principles of gender equity and sets out key protection mechanism for African Women.The document further seeks to address violations of African women’s rights, outlines a framework for the protection of women in armed conflict.Thus far, 15 African states have ratified the protocol: Benin, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Gambia, Libya, Lesotho, Mali, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal and Togo.The protocol builds on efforts to promote the participation of women in decision-making and gender equity at the level of African institutions over the last five years, through such instruments as the AU’s 2004 Heads of State solemn Declaration on Gender Equity in Africa.This declaration commits AU members to ensure full and effective participation and representation of women in peace process, including the prevention, resolution and management of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction efforts.The rationale for this stipulation is the understanding that, where women are visible in decision-making roles, their issues and concerns can be mainstreamed into policies and programs.Significantly, resolution 1325 represents an official endorsement by the UN Security Council of the inclusion of civil society in peace process and the implementation of peace agreements.The resolution pledges that UN missions will consult with local and international women’s groups during peacekeeping efforts. For example, the Liberian Women’s Network (WIPNET) was called by the UN mission in 2004 to assist during the country’s time of crisis. Women’s activism prior to and during peace negotiations can thus provide a platform for the increased participation of women in post-conflict reconstruction efforts.The relevance of women in peacekeeping initiatives on the continent has been increasingly apparent in recent years. Here in Liberia for example, women were markedly involved in the effort to end the country’s civil war. In 2003, a campaigned entitled “Mass Action for Peace” incorporated women from many sectors of Liberia, ranging from those in displaced camps, to churches and NGOs. Adopting the slogan “We want Peace; No More War,” these women who always dressed in white, became a constant presence on the streets on Monrovia.As support for this initiative became acknowledged, women were later able to talk to then President Charles Taylor. Members of the group demanded an unconditional ceasefire, dialogue for a negotiated settlement and an external intervention force. When peace talk started, Liberian women were able to make their presence felt with the support of the Women in Peace-building Network (of the West Africa Network for Peace building, WANEP) and the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET).During the negotiation process, these organizations held a parallel meeting of women who put forth “The Golden Tulip Declaration of Liberian Women Attending the Peace Talks” in August 2003. The declaration identified the recommendations of Resolution 1325 for the incorporation of a gender perspective into peace keeping and participation of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.Grassroots women’s groups have also shown ingenuity in advocating their inclusion in peace processes. Women have used song and dance peacefully to demonstrate for inclusion in these processes.With regard to the involvement of women in peace process on the continent, it was recommended that civil society and women’s groups are included from the outset. Financial and human resources need to be made available to support the efforts of women to be included in peace processes. Many women make personal and public sacrifices to challenge systems that have negative attitudes towards the leadership of women.Dissemination strategies also need to be extended to inform women of their rights as enshrined in resolution 1325. Such strategies must be “user-friendly” through further translation into local languages.Finally, for resolution 1325 ultimately to be successful, gender considerations must inform all African peace and security policies, post conflict reconstruction, justice and development programs nationally and internationally.Support is required to maintain and increase the solidarity and morale of women peace activist under such circumstances. Documents for this story were provided by the Center for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Compliance with Sirleaf’s Mandate, UL Closed

first_imgUntil the presidential mandate ordering the closure of all institutions of learning in the country on Wednesday, classes at the University of Liberia (UL) had been ongoing, although an increasing number of students had begun staying away from classes due to the spread of the Ebola virus.However, in compliance with the President’s directive and as part of the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the administration of the UL on July 31 announced the closure of all academic activities effectively immediately until further notice.The UL Administration, in a joint session of the Faculty Senate and Council and in consultation with UL president, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, had, before the President’s address to the nation, by its own discretion, decided to close the university on Saturday, August 2, in response to the Ebola threat.Dr. Dennis is presently out of the country.The decision to close the institution was predicated upon a series of lectures that are being delivered by Dr. Vuyu Kanda Golakai, vice president for Health Sciences and Dean of the UL’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, as well as other professors, on the dangers of the dreaded virus.While the UL remains ‘temporarily’ closed, the administration is asking vice presidents, administrative directors, deans and the associate vice president for Human Resource to “kindly maintain a very minimal staff to respond to emergencies, if any.”Meanwhile, all support staffers who are not specifically requested to form a part of the skeletal staff are being asked to stay away from any of the campuses.At the same time, the UL Administration is requesting all members of the UL family to continue monitoring the university-owned radio, LUX 106.6 FM, for updates and announcements concerning the resumption of normal activities.On Wednesday, President Sirleaf announced that,Without exception, all schools are also ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education, the President ordered as parts of measures to contain the deadly Ebola menace.All non-essential staff, to be determined by their Minister or Head of Agency to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leaveFriday, August 1 is declared a non-working day, to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities; all borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announced preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Jose Mourinho would have seen that out!’ – Manchester United fans fume at Chelsea’s late equaliser

first_img Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs 1 It felt like two points dropped for Manchester United as Diego Costa scored in stoppage time to snatch a draw for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.Jesse Lingard gave the Red Devils the lead after 61 minutes but they then sat back and allowed Chelsea all the possession with Louis van Gaal trying to just park the bus.It means United have not won on any of their last ten games with Chelsea and sit six points off neighbours Manchester City who are currently in fourth place.And despite another positive performance in general, the way Manchester United sat back and allowed the Blues to attack them has caused huge anger among the fans.See below for the best reaction as Red Devils fans aim their anger towards one man in particular, Van Gaal.last_img read more


first_imgBus routes between Donegal and Dublin are to get wheelchair access this year.The move has been confirmed by Fine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh.He said he has received written confirmation from the National Transport Authority, following numerous correspondence with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, that work is to commence shortly.Minister McHugh said the service has been a long time coming. He particularly paid tribute to local county councillor Jimmy Kavanagh.“This service has been a long time coming and following a number of delays, I welcome this confirmation that this work will go ahead this year. The NTA are implementing a project, which will see every town in Ireland have access to this service and the Routes 30 and 32 from Letterkenny and Donegal to Dublin will be the first two routes where work will commence.“Despite these delays this confirmation is positive news for people in Donegal, and I would like to commend the tireless work that Fine Gael Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has been engaged in.“I appreciate that while it will take a number of years to fully implement this project, we can confirm that funding will be allocated this year for the provision of 40 wheelchair accessible bus stops throughout Ireland, beginning in Donegal, which is a positive starting point, and I will endeavour to ensure this work commences as soon as possible.” WORK TO START ON DONEGAL WHEELCHAIR BUS ROUTES THIS YEAR was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bus routesdonegaldublinletterkennywheelchairlast_img read more

Wayne Rooney’s England career not necessarily over says Gareth Southgate

first_img Wayne Rooney during Manchester United’s Europa League win England manager Gareth Southgate insisted that Wayne Rooney’s international career is not necessarily over despite leaving him out of the squad once again.The former captain was left out in March for games against Germany and Lithuania and has again been omitted after seeing his role at Manchester United diminish since Jose Mourinho’s arrival.But Southgate suggested there is a way back for the 31-year-old, provided he features more regularly for his club – with an Old Trafford exit appearing likely this summer.“It doesn’t have to be,” Southgate said, when asked if Rooney’s international career was at an end. “From Wayne’s point of view he hasn’t played very much this season.“Wayne’s got some decisions to make this summer, but the hope is that he’s back. A player of his quality there is no way we would dismiss him.“You want your players playing in the biggest possible games.“I’ve no idea what the future is for Wayne at Manchester United so it’s impossible for me to comment if he’s part of the plans or not.“I’ve spoken to him in the past but not this time – I think there’s only so many times you can speak about the situation.“I’m conscious from his point of view that it’s always a big story when you don’t select him.”Southgate also revealed that he has not settled on a captain for either of the upcoming fixtures.“There are a lot of potential leaders emerging from this group and that’s good because there’s always been a focus on one person and an over-reliance on one person,” he added.“We’re in a position where we can go a number of different ways with that.” 1last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL is reaping the double benefits of the weak euro thanks to an advertising campaign, a leading businessman said today.The ShopLK campaign on UTV, on billboards in Derry and online at is pushing sterling business up by more than 300 per cent, says one businessman.It is also keeping Donegal shoppers in the county as northern prices become too expensive. John Watson, the owner of WatsonHire and president of the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce even managed to get that story across….on UTV!“These last three months the town has opened six or seven new businesses,” he explained.“We’re reaping the benefits now of the exchange rate.”Leonard Watson told the station: “Letterkenny at the moment is doing a €1.25 for the pound and they have found a great difference. I was chatting to a businessman yesterday and he said his sterling business is up 300%. “For a couple of years there was a lot of people crossing the border but they’re staying at home now.”The weak euro is good news for the many people here who work in the North, seeing their take-home pay rise by up to 15% over the past year.It’s not so good news however for exports – making them more expensive in the sterling area. DONEGAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTH was last modified: July 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF AS SHOPPERS FLOCK HERE FROM NORTHlast_img read more

Spurs want Zamora – report

first_imgTottenham will table a bid for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora in January, the Evening Standard say.Zamora, who previously had an 18-month spell at White Hart Lane, is reportedly seen as the ideal back-up for Spurs forward Emmanuel Adebayor.It is also suggested that QPR want Roman Pavlyuchenko on loan from Spurs, who are keen to offload him on a permanent basis so are likely to sell him to Locomotiv Moscow.Metro claim Pavlyuchenko is also wanted by Spartak Moscow.Chelsea are willing to sell Fernando Torres for £20m during next month’s transfer window, the Daily Mail reports.The paper says that having considered sending Torres out on loan in order to rebuild his confidence, Chelsea are now prepared to offload him completely.Is Torres’ time at Chelsea almost up?He has scored only three Premier League goals since his £50m move from Liverpool in January.The Telegraph report that Chelsea and Manchester City are set to escape an FA probe into an alleged tunnel bust-up at Stamford Bridge on Monday.The Daily Express say a comment by Ashley Cole towards City boss Roberto Mancini sparked the row.Referring to City’s slump into the Europa League after being eliminated from the Champions League, it is claimed the Chelsea left-back said: “Thursday nights – Channel 5.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star say QPR boss Neil Warnock has launched a bid to sign Manchester City outcast Nigel De Jong on loan for the rest of the season.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more