Wednesday, June 12, 2013
School board plans Thursday session to discuss timeline to replace retiring Michael Schilder.
The board of education is planning a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss procedures for gathering input from the public as it begins the search for a new superintendent. Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder, in May, announced his retirement, effective in August. Now, the board is preparing its plans for hiring an interim superintendent, as well as a full time replacement for Schilder. According to board member and personnel committee chairwoman, Ann Marie Mead, the board is planning to work with the NJ School Boards Association, at a cost of $6,400, to move forward with the search. At Thursday’s special meeting, Mead said, a representative will be in attendance to discuss the transparency of the process. “We will discuss what…
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The deadline for filing was Tuesday.
There is currently no competition for the board of education in November's elections, with only three people having filed for three open spots. Tuesday was the deadline for filing to run for one of three open spots on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education. Incumbents Lynne Hurley, Jill Gladstone and Jeffrey Brookner are running for the three three-year seats. Elections were moved to November in 2012, and are being held on the same day as the general elections. They will be held this year on Nov. 5.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
More details would provide information about neighborhoods, not just student numbers.
With a projected decline of about 500 students in the district over the next several years, the board is preparing to look into the possibility of getting a demographic report that would be more detailed than what they get now. “Based on the [decline of students] and my concern that in addition to having a decrease in enrollment, we are seeing trends up in IEPs and special education needs, I would like to propose the idea that the board support the administration in moving to a more micro-level demographic study,” said board of education president Patrick Breslin. Basically, Breslin said, he would like the administration to look into signing a contract with a demographer who could provide more reliable information concerning individual …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The board is discussing partnerships with local corporations.
The board of education is looking into the possibility of partnering with corporations to offer more educational and other opportunities for students in the future. Board member Evan Lerner said at the Feb. 12 meeting that the community relations committee has been looking into the possibility of partnering with corporations to create opportunities for students to get internships. “We could also have people come in and lecture,” he said. “Maybe there could be grants and financial assistance.” Lerner said it is just about establishing those partnerships in the community. “The idea is really to try to establish relationships with local corporations on a regular basis,” he said. Currently, Lerner said, the committee is already looking into …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Association declares impasse, expected to file for mediation.
About one month after the principals association declared impasse in its contract discussions with the board of education, the Bridgewater-Raritan Supervisors Association has done the same. Board of education Patrick Breslin said Tuesday the association has declared impasse with the board. The most recent meeting, Breslin said was held Jan. 17. “The board’s negotiations committee met with representatives of the Bridgewater-Raritan Supervisors Association,” he said in a statement. “The parties did not reach an agreement on salary or longevity issues.” After a two-hour meeting, Breslin said, the association advised the board that it would be declaring impasse and filing for mediation. “We are eager to see a fair and equitable resolution,” he…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Board of education will hear the second of about five presentations.
The board of education is expected to hear a second presentation on the proposed 2013-14 budget, which, as presented in December, could show a 1.76 percent tax levy. Superintendent of Schools Michael Schilder is expected to make a second presentation on the budget at Tuesday’s board of education meeting. This proposal expects flat state aid, although those numbers won’t be available until February or March. The total proposed budget, at this time, is $139,392,430, a 2.88 percent increase over the 2012-2013 budget. This 1.76 percent increase, Schilder has said, also represents no additions or cuts to the budget as it stands now, although a 2 percent increase—the maximum allowed by the state—would allow for the addition of $285,475 of costs …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Board of education held its annual reorganization meeting Thursday.
Newly resworn-in board of education member Patrick Breslin was chosen Thursday as the board president for the 2013-14 year. Breslin was sworn in at the board's annual reorganization meeting Thursday, held in January this year after the elections were moved from April to November in 2012. New members Jacqueline Barlow and Aaron Kurdyla were also sworn in to office after they were chosen to serve in the 2012 elections, replacing incumbents Cindy Cullen and Daniel Petrozelli. And despite one vote against, Jill Gladstone was chosen as the board vice president for the year. The reorganization meeting also included the appointment of several district employees and advisors. They are:
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Aaron Kurdyla and Jacqueline Barlow will be sworn in for first time, while Patrick Breslin begins new term.
Two new board members and one current will be sworn in Thursday when the board of education reorganizes at its meeting at the Harmon V. Wade Administration building. Patrick Breslin will be re-sworn in to the board of education for his new term, and Aaron Kurdyla and Jacqueline Barlow will be sworn in for their first terms on the board after all were elected in November. The latter two will take the place of Cindy Cullen and Daniel Petrozelli, who were not re-elected. The meeting will also include the election of a board president and board vice president, as well as selection of members for individual committees with the board. In addition, the board will take care of several other necessities for the reorganization, including adopting …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Cindy Cullen and Daniel Petrozelli were not reelected to the board.
With board members Cindy Cullen and Daniel Petrozelli not being reelected to their positions in the November elections, the board of education took a moment at the Dec. 18 meeting to give them a proper sendoff. Both were presented with plaques for their service to the board of education, and Cullen also received a gavel, given traditionally to anyone who has served as board president during their years of service. Board president Evan Lerner spoke on behalf of the board about both Cullen and Petrozelli’s service to the district. Cullen, Lerner said, has been a member of the board of education for nine years, serving as board president and chair of several of the different committees. “She’s been an outspoken proponent of raising the bar on…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Cindy Cullen did not get re-elected for a new term.
Monday, November 12, 2012
To the Editor: Congratulations to Patrick Breslin, Jacqueline Barlow and Aaron Kurdyla on winning seats on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District (BRRSD) Board of Education (BOE). Additionally, I would like to thank the community of Bridgewater for giving me the opportunity to serve for 10 years on the BRRSD BOE. While there is always room for improvement, the board has accomplished much in the last several years. A few examples include: Thank you to everyone who supported me over the years. I consider it a highlight of my life to have had the opportunity to serve the community via the BOE. If you have an interest in public service, consider BRRSD and the BOE. There are opportunities to be involved at the schools, on district …