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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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School District Administration Building Roof Failing, District Looks For Replacement

School District Administration Building Roof Failing, District Looks For Replacement

The roof on the school district’s administration building on Amwell Road needs to be replaced, the Board of Education was told at its Nov. 12 work session. “The roof is leaking pretty badly,” schools Superintendent John Ravally told the board. Ravally said he will have a resolution for the board at its Nov. 19 action […]

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School Board Approves Claremont Road School Design

School Board Approves Claremont Road School Design

The new elementary school on Claremont Road will pay homage to the area’s farming heritage, the Board of Education was told at its Nov. 12 meeting. Representatives from SSP Architectural Group of Bridgewater were on hand for the board’s work session to preview the new school’s design, prior to it being submitted to the state […]

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School Board Privatizes Teachers’ Aides’ Substitutes

School Board Privatizes Teachers’ Aides’ Substitutes

The school district’s 15 or so substitute paraprofessionals were privatized at the Aug. 20 Board of Education meeting. The move is not a first step in privatizing all the district’s paraprofessionals, district representatives said. The move came in the form of an amendment to the contract the district has with Source4Teachers, through which it privatized […]

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School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget; Overall Tax Rate Increases 2.6 Percent

School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget; Overall Tax Rate Increases 2.6 Percent

A $160 million spending plan carrying a 2.6 percent tax hike for the 2015-16 school year was unanimously approved May 7 by the Board of Education. The budget carries with it a total school portion tax rate increase of about 4 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, from $1.43 to $1.47 per $100. That translates […]

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