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Modifications To ‘Sponsored Banners’ Policy Approved By Board Of Education

Modifications To ‘Sponsored Banners’ Policy Approved By Board Of Education

The Franklin High School outdoor athletic complex and gym will likely have some new additions starting next school year in the form of sponsored banners. The Board of Education at its April 27 meeting unanimously approved amendments to the district’s policy regulating sponsorship signage, allowing the banners only at the high school, showing no signs […]








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Davenport Resigns As FMS Principal; Solomon Named Interim

Davenport Resigns As FMS Principal; Solomon Named Interim

Reginald O. Davenport has resigned as principal of Franklin Middle School. The resignation was effective April 3. Nick Solomon, the Sampson G. Smith vice-principal, has been named interim FMS principal. Davenport’s resignation letter cited “personal and health reasons,” district spokeswoman Mary Clark said in an email statement. “In the interim, as is standard operating procedure […]








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School Board Approves $1.5 Million In Contracts

School Board Approves $1.5 Million In Contracts

Nearly $1.5 million in contracts were approved by the Board of Education at its March 23 meeting. The biggest ticket item was a $1,128,999 contract awarded to Irvington-based KM Construction for reconstruction of the Franklin Middle School parking lot. The base cost of $830,707 is for the side lot and service courtyard. Alternate bids were […]








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Updated: School District Proposed Budget Carries Slight Tax Decrease

Updated: School District Proposed Budget Carries Slight Tax Decrease

Update 2: The Board of Education gave final approval to the 2017-18 school year spending plan at its April 27 meeting. The budget passed unanimously, but board member Pat Stanley said she was doing so with some “reservations.” Stanley questioned why the proposed $1.1 million concession stand at Franklin High School needed to cost so […]








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Bad State Aid News, Rising Charter School Costs Make School Budget Preparation ‘Challenging’

Bad State Aid News, Rising Charter School Costs Make School Budget Preparation ‘Challenging’

Update: The budget presentation meeting has been rescheduled for 7:45 p.m. March 21 in the FHS media center.   Flat state school aid and more than $2 million in other aid cuts and charter school cost increases is making preparing the 2017-18 school district budget a challenging proposition for district officials. But that’s the reality […]








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Resolution Calling For Temporary Halt To Charter Schools Sparks School Board Debate

Resolution Calling For Temporary Halt To Charter Schools Sparks School Board Debate

A resolution calling for a temporary moratorium on expanding existing or creating new charter schools in Somerset and Middlesex counties sparked a heated debate at the Jan. 26 Board of Education meeting. The measure was supported by all board members in attendance, save Pat Stanley, who mounted a spirited argument against it. The resolution, which board […]








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MacAfee Road School 4th Graders Bring Phys Ed To Spring Hills

MacAfee Road School 4th Graders Bring Phys Ed To Spring Hills

Games and crafts were the order of the day Jan. 26 when a group of MacAfee Road School 4th Graders visited residents at Spring Hills Somerset assisted living facility. The 30 students, their teacher – Alyson Samarel – an some aides brought floor hockey, bowling and other games, as well as some craft projects, to the […]








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School District Substitute Nurses To Get Pay Raise In 2017

School District Substitute Nurses To Get Pay Raise In 2017

School district substitute nurses will receive an 82 percent pay hike in 2017, in a move that district officials say will save money in the long-run. The substitute nurses’ per day rate will be increased from the current $110 to $200. The Board of Education approved the increase at its Dec. 22 meeting. The board […]








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‘One Less Move’ Construction Updates, Proposal For SGS Kitchen Renovation Given At School Board Meeting

‘One Less Move’ Construction Updates, Proposal For SGS Kitchen Renovation Given At School Board Meeting

Updates on a number of construction projects connected with the “One Less Move” referendum were given at the Dec. 22 Board OF Education meeting. The updates were provided by board member Christine Danielsen in her facilities committee report. Following are the updates Danielsen gave in her report: At Elizabeth Avenue School, site work is continuing, […]








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Groundbreaking Held For Claremont Road School

Groundbreaking Held For Claremont Road School

  What started as an idea more than seven years ago came to fruition Dec. 2, with the groundbreaking for the Claremont Road Elementary School. School district and township officials, district principals and others gathered on a somewhat muddy field to witness the event, set to the backdrop of ground-clearing equipment moving in the distance. […]








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