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Violence, Vandalism and Harrassment Decreasing in Township Schools

Violence, Vandalism and Harrassment Decreasing in Township Schools

Incidents of violence, vandalism and harassment are decreasing in all nine of the district schools, according to a district official. Orvyl Wilson, director of school management, told the Board of Education at its Oct. 17 meeting that not only is there a “downward trend” in all of the categories of violence, vandalism, substance abuse and […]



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Controversial ‘Freshman Focus’ Program Approved by Board of Education

A modified version of a controversial program designed to ease Franklin High School’s freshmen into the high school life was approved by the Board of Education at its Oct. 17 meeting. The program, known as “Freshman Focus,” was the subject of controversy and much comment at the last two school board meetings. Detractors say it’s […]



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School District Looks Toward Phase 3 of High School Athletic Complex

School District Looks Toward Phase 3 of High School Athletic Complex

Now that the bleachers and press box at the Franklin Township High School athletic complex have been officially opened, the district administration is setting its sights on the project’s next phase. School district and township officials gathered on the football field prior to the Oct. 12 homecoming game against Elizabeth High School to formally cut […]



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School Board Approves $8.4 Million Energy Saving Project

The school district is preparing to embark on an $8.4 million project predicted to save about 30 percent of the district’s energy costs. An “Energy Savings Improvement Program” was approved by the board at its Sept. 26 meeting. Through the program, the district is predicted to see cuts in energy as well as service and […]



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Schools Superintendent Will Not Be Offered New Contract by Board of Education

Schools Superintendent Will Not Be Offered New Contract by Board of Education

In what was almost an anticlimactic vote, the Board of Education Sept. 26 voted to not offer a new contract to schools Superintendent Edward Seto. The board voted 5-1 for the resolution to not offer Seto another four-year contract when his contract ends in June, 2014. Board member Richard Seamon cast the only “no” vote. […]



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‘Freshman Focus’ Program Comes Under Fire at School Board Meeting

A program supporters say was designed to help ease the transition of freshmen into high school came under fire at the Sept. 19 Board of Education meeting. The program, called Freshman Focus, was started at the high school this year, principal James Bevere told the school board during a 15-minute presentation. Although Bevere spoke highly […]



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School Board Positioned for Vote to Not Re-Hire Superintendent; Residents’ Group Calls For ‘Change of Leadership’

School Board Positioned for Vote to Not Re-Hire Superintendent; Residents’ Group Calls For ‘Change of Leadership’

A resolution to not renew the contract of schools Superintendent Edward Seto will be on next week’s Board of Education agenda. Judging by the vote at the Sept. 19 workshop session to add the resolution – 5-2, with two abstentions – the measure stands a good chance of passing. The vote to add the resolution […]



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Rutgers Prep Student Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

Ajay A. Patel, a senior at Rutgers Preparatory School on Easton Avenue, was named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program. Patel is one of about 16,000 students nationally named semifinalists in the 59th annual program. Patel will compete for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million. About 90 percent of the […]



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Conerly Road School ‘Skype-Mate’ Gives Kids Lesson in Flag History

Conerly Road School ‘Skype-Mate’ Gives Kids Lesson in Flag History

A member of the Conerly Road School extended family paid a visit to the school on Sept. 11 to give students a lesson in American flag history. The visitor, Col. Frank A. Kuczynski, also thanked the students and teachers for their support during his recent 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. On Flag Day, Kuczynski spoke to […]



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Video: High School Principal Talks About New School Year

Video: High School Principal Talks About New School Year

We recently asked High School Principal James R. Bevere for his thoughts on the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. Bevere was enthused about what the year holds for FHS students.



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