Thursday, June 6, 2013
Sheldon Bross running for a one-year unexpired term in Bloomingdale.
Here are the candidates who will run for three-year seats on the various Boards of Election in the Tri-Boro. Residents had until Tuesday to file their candidacy. Charles Caraballo John Pituch Carol Marcus Sheldon Bross will run for a one-year unexpired term. Beata Sylvia Beaudoin Karen Smith There is a third seat available, but, according to Morris County records, another candidate was not announced on Tuesday. Jessica Barish Brian Davin Marcy Pryor
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
School district will purchase two new buses with specialty features for total of $101K.
The Bloomingdale Public Schools district will be purchasing two new school buses this year, each of which feature some of the newest technology for educational transportation, at a total cost of $101,799.74. The 24-passenger buses, both 2014 Thomas Minotour models, will replace 16-seat diesel buses, although Business Administrator George Hagl recommended the district keep one of the buses being replaced in case one bus needs to be repaired so that rental costs of temporary busing are not needed. He also suggested that the district consider renting out the additional bus to other districts when not needed, noting that some districts pay between $240 and $250 per day for a bus rental and that revenue generated could help defray insurance …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Butler Recreation Commission to host egg hunt, bonnet contest while Bloomingdale BOE will discuss $19M budget.
The Butler Recreation Commission will be hosting its annual "Easter Eggstravaganza" on Saturday at the Stonybrook Swim Club from 10 a.m. to noon. During the event, kids will be able to participate in a bonnet contest and egg hunt while listening to music, eating snacks and doing crafts. Mr. E. Bunny will also make a special appearance during the event. The Bloomingdale Recreation Commission will also be hosting an Easter egg hunt for fourth-graders and younger March 30 at noon at the Walter T. Bergen School field. Last year's egg hunt in Bloomingdale drew more than 300 kids and had student-volunteers from the school assisting with the event. The Bloomingdale Board of Education will continue discussion on its $19,279,099 2013-14 budget …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The district will spend more than $1.2 million on facility projects, including locker replacements, fixing the roof at Walter T. Bergen School, replacing gym doors and tile removal and replacement.
The Bloomingdale Board of Education approved the district’s 2013-14 preliminary budget of $19,279,099 at its Monday meeting. The budget will now be sent to the Passaic County Executive Superintendent of Schools for approval. Before the budget was passed, Business Administrator George Hagl explained that the tax levy will be $15,422,086. For the average Bloomingdale house assessed at $254,000, this would mean an annual increase of $242.29 or $20.19 a month. Some of the budget’s major program and service appropriations include $2.8 million for teachers’ salaries, supplies and textbooks; $1.16 million for special education and instruction; total administration costs at $322,269; about $1.1 million each for maintenance and transportation; and …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Two new members to be appointed to Bloomingdale Board of Education.
The Bloomingdale Public Schools Board of Education will be appointing two new members to board seats at a meeting Monday night. One of the vacancies is that of Rich Dellaripa, who was required to leave the board after being elected to the Bloomingdale Council in November. The second vacancy is from Andrew Samuel, who resigned from his seat because of other commitments. The board will publicly interview candidates (three have expressed interest) and then discuss their choices in closed session before announcing the new members to the public. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Walter T. Bergen School library. Also at Monday's meeting, the school board will be voting on its 2013-14 school budget. While a public vote is no longer needed…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Second vacancy to be filled as board pushes back interviews.
The Bloomingdale Board of Education now has not one but two vacancies to fill when the board meets to interview interested candidates on March 4. Originally, the board had planned to interview candidates and select a single new board member during a scheduled meeting Tuesday. However, the candidate interviews were pushed back and aligned with a meeting in which the board will vote whether or not to adopt the 2013-14 school budget. Although the public is no longer able to vote on the budget since the board moved to eliminate a public vote and move school board elections last year, the board still has to vote for budget adoption before it can move forward. Business Administrator George Hagl said Monday that three candidates have expressed …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Board held annual reorganization meeting Thursday.
Thursday, January 3
The following was submitted by former Bloomingdale Board of Education member and Councilman Rich Dellaripa. Have something you'd like to announce to the community? Upload it here. The Bloomingdale Board of Education swore in three new members during the board's reorganization meeting Thursday night. The meeting started with George Hagl, the school board secretary, announcing the official results of the election, followed by Jeff Merlino, board attorney, swearing in Lauren Grecco, Charles Caraballo, James Schalago and Robert Bloodgood. Then, Hagl took nominations for board president. Grecco was the only nominee and was voted in 6-0 (Board Members Sheldon Bross and Andrew Samuel were traveling and not at the meeting). Grecco then took the …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
District hopes to implement Everyday Mathematics in kindergarten and second grade next school year.
Bloomingdale Public Schools’ new first grade math program has been “outstanding” so far, receiving accolades from both parents and teachers, according to Martha B. Day School principal Cheryl Mallen. Mallen discussed the success Martha B. Day has had so far with Everyday Mathematics, a comprehensive pre-K through sixth grade mathematics curriculum that encourages continuous learning through routine and games, during Monday’s board of education meeting. The program, which the principal said is “being done in all the best districts,” has grown in popularity over the past decade. “We want to see how they do this year without putting too much pressure on them but having them think mathematically at higher levels,” Mallen said. Mallen explained…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
As member was elected to council Tuesday, he will be forced to resign board of education seat.
The Bloomingdale Board of Education is expecting to soon have an opening as Board Member Rich Dellaripa was elected to serve on the Bloomingdale Council Tuesday. Dellaripa was one year in to his second term on the Bloomingdale Board of Education. He was first appointed to the board seat and was elected to a new three-year term after running in last year's school board election. But Dellaripa, who was also appointed as the board of education's liaison to the Bloomingdale Council, decided to serve his borough in a different capacity when he ran for a seat on the municipal council this year. According to unofficial results, Dellaripa was elected Tuesday with 1,888 votes. "We need to put Bloomingdale on a firm financial basis and we need to do…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Cathy Gurbisz explains why she voted against the new Bloomingdale Education Association contract.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The following is a Letter to the Editor and personal statement that was delivered by Bloomingdale Board of Education Member Cathy Gurbisz Tuesday night regarding the new Bloomingdale Education Association contract. If you'd like to submit a Letter to the Editor, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Editor, I am not in support of the 2012-2015 collective bargaining agreement. I want to make clear my decision regarding this contract is simply a reflection of current economic times, affordability and future sustainability. I respect and appreciate the Bloomingdale staff. I have had children in this district for 16 years, have attended my share of back-to-school nights, parent teacher conferences and have high regards for our staff. I…