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Schools Will Open on Monday, Superintendent Says

Modified schedule will be put in place, instruction will be 'light.' Access to George Washington Middle School still blocked.

Wayne public schools will be in session next week as long as schools have power and road conditions remain safe, Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said in an update issued Saturday morning.

Schools will be placed on some kind of modified schedule, most likely a delayed opening, to allow parents time to transport their children to school, district officials said.

Schools were closed this past week due to Hurrciane Sandy. Power was out at many of them for most of the week.

Gonzalez is meeting with his administrative staff Saturday to develop a final plan for next week. He said he would issue a more detailed update Sunday.

“It is important that we open for a number of reasons," said Donald Pavlak Jr., Board of Education president. Our kids need to get back into their routine and we’re giving parents a safe place to bring their children while they are at work.”

In his update, Gonzalez said that instruction would be “light” next week “intended to ease everyone back into a normal routine for the following week.”

Sodexo, the district’s food service provider, is preparing to serve meals at every school.

Students were slated to be off on Tuesday, Election Day, and schools were scheduled to be closed Thursday and Friday for the state teachers’ convention in Atlantic City. The New Jersey Education Association cancelled the convention earlier this week.

Power remains off at several schools but officials could not confirm which ones. Mayor Chris Vergano said Friday afternoon that power was still out at eight schools, but that number could have changed since then.

District personnel have no access to George Washington Middle School and limited access to Pines Lake Elementary School due to downed trees.

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Mr.Teacher November 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM
David, I can't speak for all schools but there was only two teachers absent at my school today and none at my wife's. There was no "immense demand for substitutes". Is it fair to say you we're completely wrong in your assessment of the situation?
careless fills November 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
6 of 7 said they didn't want the convention to be cancelled. that is 86% of a small sample. confidence level for hypotheses about how the entire population of teachers can be developed. if you object to "Pad's" conclusion, please provide a statistical analysis supporting your refutation.
Mr.Teacher November 14, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Carless Fills, Your screen name says it all because your post was very carless. Apparently you didn't read Pads post close enough. He only talked to five teachers. Perhaps you should Google what an administrator is. I don’t know if you could tell by my screen name, but I teach in Wayne and the vast majority of teachers were happy to be in school on those days. As a matter of fact there were only two teachers absent on both the days that were added because the convention was cancelled. If 5 teachers is enough for a sampling for you out of the over thousand that work in the district, then I would like you to come into my school and I will introduce you to at least 70 teachers who had no problem with the changes.
careless fills November 16, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Hey Mr Teacher, I'm rather surprised that you think that Wayne has "thousand" teachers. In fact, even with two high schools, there's fewer than 9,000 students and only 690 teachers serve them. And believe it or not a sample of 7 professional employees is enough to develop a confidence interval, especially if 6 of the 7 that he spoke to "voted" the same way - they were against cancelling the boondoggle. Specifically if 6 of a sample of 7 of a population of 690 felt the convention should be cancelled, then there's a 95% chance that between 59% and 100% of the whole population feel the same way.
Mr.Teacher November 16, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Carless, If 6 out of 7 "professional employees" is enough of a sampling for you, from some random person on-line who could have made up the figures, than my offer will blow your mind. You can come into my school and I will personally introduce you to at least 60, ten times Pads number, teachers who had no problem with the convention being canceled. If that doesn’t change your mind then nothing will.

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