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Tempers Flare At Panel Discussion Promoting Opposition To Charter School Growth

Tempers Flare At Panel Discussion Promoting Opposition To Charter School Growth

The school district’s state-mandated support of charter schools could hit $20 million over the next three years, attendees at a Feb. 22 anti-charter school growth forum were told. The money would be needed to support the expansion of the Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School, the Central Jersey College Prep Charter School and the proposed Ailanthus […]








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School Board President Blames Charter Schools For Pre-K Enrollment Decline

School Board President Blames Charter Schools For Pre-K Enrollment Decline

The school district’s pre-K program did not meet enrollment estimates this year, a fact the school board president blames on the township’s two charter schools. Board of Education president Ed Potosnak said that the increasing amount of money that the district has to send to the township’s charter schools forced the board to start charging […]








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Presley Honored For Service On Board Of Education

Presley Honored For Service On Board Of Education

The Board of Education Jan. 26 thanked one of its former members for her service. Julia Presley, who chose not to run for re-election last year after two terms and several tumultuous years at the helm of the board, was presented with the traditional plaque honoring her service by current board president, Ed Potosnak. The plaque was […]








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Schools Steering Committee Continues Work On District Mission, Goals

Schools Steering Committee Continues Work On District Mission, Goals

New goals for the school district and strategies to achieve them were the main topics Jan. 11 at a strategic plan workshop held at Franklin High School. About 50 people – school and district administrators, faculty, parents and Board of Education members and Mayor Phil Kramer – met in the school’s cafeteria for the fourth […]








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School Board Retains Leadership, Swears In Election Victors At Reorganization

School Board Retains Leadership, Swears In Election Victors At Reorganization

The Board of Education welcomed one new member and retained its leadership at the Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. The board for the third consecutive year voted in Ed Potosnak as president and Nancy LaCorte as vice president. Newly elected board member Ardaman Singh was sworn in, as were LaCorte and Danielsen, the other two winners […]








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Parents, Students Ask School Board To Rejuvenate Orchestra Program

Parents, Students Ask School Board To Rejuvenate Orchestra Program

A group of parents and students seemed to have made an impression on the Board of Education Dec. 22 when they asked members to rejuvenate an ailing district orchestral band program. The program has not recovered from budget cuts it suffered in 2010 and, most recently, from schedule changes at Franklin Middle School, according to […]








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Julia Presley Says Good-Bye To Board Of Education

Julia Presley Says Good-Bye To Board Of Education

Board of Education member Julia Presley said good-bye to her colleagues Dec. 22, as she prepared to leave the seat she’s held for the past six years. Presley, a former school board vice president and president, declined to seek re-election this year. Her seat was won by newcomer Ardaman Singh. Presley presided over a divisive […]








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FHS Students Show Up At School Board Meeting, Told Disputed Policies Could Change

FHS Students Show Up At School Board Meeting, Told Disputed Policies Could Change

Dozens of Franklin High School students and some parents showed up at the Sept. 22 Board of Education meeting to express their anger over the aggressive enforcement of existing and new policies by the school’s new principal. At the end of the long night, they were told by the board president that the policies to which […]








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School Board Moves To Ban All Charter School Students From Extra-Curricular Activities, Athletics Next Year

School Board Moves To Ban All Charter School Students From Extra-Curricular Activities, Athletics Next Year

All charter school students would be banned from district-sponsored co-curricular and athletic activities starting in the 2017-18 school year under a policy revision introduced by the Board of Education at its Aug. 25 meeting. If enacted, the policy revision would allow charter school students who have participated in those activities in prior years to do […]








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School Board Commends ‘Key People’ In 2016 FHS Graduation Ceremony

School Board Commends ‘Key People’ In 2016 FHS Graduation Ceremony

Key people involved in the Class of 2016 graduation – the first one held at the current Franklin High School – were commended at the July 21 Board of Education meeting. “We thought it was important to recognize a few key individuals who made the graduation at Franklin High School possible,” said board president Ed […]








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