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Board Of Education Bids Farewell To Postonak, Stanley

Board Of Education Bids Farewell To Postonak, Stanley

The final Board of Education meeting of 2017 was also the last meeting for members Pat Stanley and Ed Potosnak. Neither Stanley nor Potosnak were re-elected in their November bids. Stanley made no public statement during the meeting, which featured an unusually light agenda. But Postosnak expressed thanks and had some requests. “I wanted to […]

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Updated: Franklin High School Principal Cheryl Clark Abruptly Resigns, Interim Appointed

Updated: Franklin High School Principal Cheryl Clark Abruptly Resigns, Interim Appointed

Update: As expected, the Board of Education Oct. 19 accepted the resignation of the Franklin High School principal, and appointed an interim. Former principal Cheryl Clark abruptly resigned Oct. 13, citing personal reasons. Without comment, the school board Oct. 19 accepted Clark’s resignation and appointed FHS vice-principal Beth Ebler as the school’s interim principal through […]

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Schools Superintendent Earns $23,000 Merit Bonus

Schools Superintendent Earns $23,000 Merit Bonus

A $23,057.25 merit bonus for schools Superintendent John Ravally was approved by the Board of Education. The board approved the bonus, the terms of which had been negotiated last year, at its July 19 special meeting. Ravally was eligible for merit bonuses based on his base salary at the time of the agreement of $177,500. […]

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Video: Board Of Education Commends Students

Video: Board Of Education Commends Students

The Board of Education at its May 25 meeting commended a number of Franklin High School students for their achievements during the school year. Among those honored at the meeting were members of the FHS football, track, cross country and field hockey teams, the varsity cheerleaders, the FHS marching band and the Junior Classical League. […]

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School District Honors Educational Professionals Of The Year With Breakfast, Day Off

School District Honors Educational Professionals Of The Year With Breakfast, Day Off

Teachers and Education Service Professionals of the year for each of the township’s nine schools were honored May 4 with a breakfast ceremony at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School in Bridgewater. The teachers, professionals, families and staff gathered for the event at the school’s Trade Wins cafe, which is staffed and managed […]

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School Board Splits Over FHS Sponsorship Policy Change

School Board Splits Over FHS Sponsorship Policy Change

A divided Board of Education on March 23 introduced major changes to its policy regulating sponsorship signage, and who in the district can solicit sponsors. The changes restrict sponsorship advertising – such as banners – to only the high school athletic complex, meaning the football stadium and the gym. The underlying policy, which was approved […]

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Elevated Lead Levels Found In Seven District Schools’ Water

Elevated Lead Levels Found In Seven District Schools’ Water

Nearly three dozen water sources in seven township schools contain levels of lead higher than is considered safe by federal standards. The levels of lead found in the water ranged from 15.6 parts per billion (ppb) to 1,720 ppb. Federal guidelines recommend that lead levels in water in excess of 15 ppb be remediated because […]

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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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