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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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Tinton Falls Company Wins Construction Contract For Claremont Elementary School

Tinton Falls Company Wins Construction Contract For Claremont Elementary School

A Tinton Falls-based construction company won the $36.3 million contract to build the Claremont Elementary School. Patock Construction was awarded the bid by the Board of Education in a Sept. 29 special meeting. The school is targeted for a parcel on Claremont Road, near Franklin Park School. Patock was one of 13 companies that bid on the […]








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Split School Board Adopts Policy Change Banning Charter School Students From District Athletics

Split School Board Adopts Policy Change Banning Charter School Students From District Athletics

Despite some boisterous objections from parents and students, the Board of Education Sept. 22 adopted a policy modification banning charter school students from participating in district athletic programs. The modification passed 6-2, with board members Richard Seamon and Pat Stanley casting the only “no” votes. The ban affects students attending the township’s two current charter […]








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Governor’s School Funding Proposal Would Be Windfall For School District, Taxpayers

Governor’s School Funding Proposal Would Be Windfall For School District, Taxpayers

Franklin Township schools stand to receive significantly more state aid if Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to revamp school funding becomes law. Although exact figures are not yet available, the district could see somewhere between a 200 percent and 300 percent increase in the amount of state aid it receives. Further, a web site created by the […]








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FHS Vice Principal Margolin Named New District Athletic Director

FHS Vice Principal Margolin Named New District Athletic Director

A 15-year district veteran has been named its new director of athletics. Ken Margolin, who for the past year has been the Franklin High School vice principal, was unanimously named to the post by the Board of Education at its May 26 meeting. Margolin has also served as the school’s dean of students and for […]








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Updated: Proposed School District Budget Includes 1.2 Percent Tax Hike

Updated: Proposed School District Budget Includes 1.2 Percent Tax Hike

Update: The Board of Education adopted the 2016-17 budget at its April 28 meeting. Original Story: Upward revisions in the assessed valuation of township property has nearly halved the tax increase originally called for in the 2016-17 Board of Education budget. The proposed $163.2 million budget, which was sent for review to the Somerset County Superintendent […]








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School Board Gets Peek At 2016-17 Budget, Slight Tax Rate Increase Probable

School Board Gets Peek At 2016-17 Budget, Slight Tax Rate Increase Probable

The 2016-17 school district budget won’t be firmed up for another month, but preliminary figures show it will trigger a small uptick in the school tax rate. Interim district business manager James H. Strimple Jr. told the Board of Education at its Feb. 25 meeting that the amount to be raised in taxes in calendar year […]








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School District In Line For More Than $15 Million In State School Aid For 2016-17 School Year

School District In Line For More Than $15 Million In State School Aid For 2016-17 School Year

The township school district in 2016-17 will receive the highest amount of Pre-K state aid and the second-highest increase in its K-12 state aid in Somerset County, according to figures recently released by the state Department of Education. The district will receive $13,283,157 in K-12 aid, a $129,569 increase from the 2015-16 school year’s total of $13,153,588, […]








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School District To Start Charging For Pre-School Program

School District To Start Charging For Pre-School Program

The school district’s pre-school program will no longer be free for many students starting in the 2016-17 school year. The Board of Education at its Jan. 28 meeting voted to charge most students a yearly tuition of $5,900 for the program. Students qualified for the free and reduced lunch program, and special education students, would still […]








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‘One Less Move’ Transition Committee Holds First Meeting

‘One Less Move’ Transition Committee Holds First Meeting

Submitted by Mary Clark, School District Spokeswoman. About 30 members of the Franklin Township Referendum Steering Committee were “On the Move” Jan. 14 in the Franklin Middle School Library. This group of district and school administrators, parents, teachers, Board of Education Members, and township leaders met to discuss how best to communicate information about the implementation […]








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