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 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Local police, fire officials hoping to team up with school district to purchase new communication system connecting borough entities.
The tragic events of the Newtown school massacre have sparked national dialogue on gun laws and school safety, some of which inspired immediate action on part of school administrators and police officers. Such is the case in Bloomingdale, where police officers were present at district schools in the days following the Newtown attack and began to meet with district officials to discuss ways to keep the borough's kids safe. Those conversations have continued since December and Bloomingdale Police Chief Joe Borell presented one action item to the Bloomingdale Board of Education Monday that he thinks could help in an emergency situation. The police department, in conjunction with the Bloomingdale Office of Emergency Management, Bloomingdale …
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…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Other Morris County school districts see increase in 2013-14 aid.
All three tri-boro school districts will see the same amount of state aid in the 2013-14 school year as the current year, according to figures presented by Gov. Chris Christie Thursday. The figures show Kinnelon will receive $1,439,528, Butler will receive $1,960,615 and Bloomingdale will receive the highest tri-boro amount, $1,977,915. The state Department of Education boasted that the 2013-14 aid package is the largest ever released by the state. Nearly $9 billion will go to public schools, an increase of about $97.3 million from the 2012-13 school year. Many districts in Morris County will see an increase in aid this year, including Lincoln Park, Dover and the largest increase in the county, 17.7 percent, for the Morris Hills Regional …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Districts across New Jersey await state aid figures this week with uncertainty.
Bloomingdale Public Schools could see funding for federal grant initiatives affected by a roughly $300,000 loss if Congress does not stop $85 billion in sequestration cuts by Friday. The district's Business Administrator George Hagl said Monday that if the cuts go through, Bloomingdale will lose funding for Title 1 programs, which are for at-risk children, programs for staff and principal traning and for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) initiatives. Hagl said the biggest cut would be to the IDEA grant. "That would be about $250,000," Hagl said. New Jersey could lose nearly $12 million in funding for primary and secondary education if Congress fails to halt the “sequestration” by Friday, according to figures released by …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Martha B. Day School principal said school took precautionary measures.
The Martha B. Day School was evacuated Tuesday morning because of a smell of gas in the school, Principal Cheryl Mallen said. Mallen said a few pilot lights had gone out in the kitchen after the four-day weekend and the school was evacuated as a precaution. Public Service Energy and Gas (PSE&G) was called to the school to light the pilots and a plumber was also called to check on the situation. No injuries were reported in the incident. The students were out of the building for about 10 minutes.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Bloomingdale school invited families to join teachers in their 'jammies' for a night of reading activities.
Tuesday, February 5
The following was submitted by Samuel R. Donald School Principal Sherri Glaab. Have something you'd like to announce to the community? Upload it here. The Samuel R. Donald School held a wonderful Literacy Night Garden Party event Wednesday that was well attended. Our school theme this year is Growing Together so we wanted to extend the theme as SRD is growing readers. Principal, Sherri Glaab and District Supervisor of Curriculum Kristine Dudlo organized the school wide event. We had a full house as our families enjoyed a read aloud by Interim Superintendent Frank Buglione. Our families read their favorite stories dressed in jammies as they nestled on the gymnasium floor on cozy blankets. Children then created Book Boxes to store their …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
NJ League of Municipalities invites Butler, Kinnelon and Bloomingdale students to apply for $1,000 college scholarships.
Three students from throughout the state will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the New Jersey League of Municipalities and Butler, Kinnelon and Bloomingdale students will be have a chance now as well. Bloomingdale Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy, a member of the League, said he will be reaching out to the Butler and Bloomingdale school districts to explain the scholarship program, the Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leaders Scholarship Competition. Through the competition, students are required to write essays about what their mayors and elected officials "do best." "These elected officials and appointed board members serve Bloomingdale and Butler. It is their altruistic desire to serve their community which compels them to public service," …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Tri-boro school leaders talk about comforting district communities and ensuring safety after Newtown school shooting.
For many on Friday, after details began to emerge about the shooting massacre at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, the world seemed to stop. People watched and read about the event from around the country. Parents hugged their children a little bit tighter when they got home from classes. And tri-boro school officials said they sprung into action, trying to not only come up with ways to bring district parents comfort that their children would be safe in school, but to actually ensure that that would be true. Planning for emergencies such as the Sandy Hook school shooting did not begin on Friday, though. According to Butler Public Schools Superintendent Mario Cardinale, planning for these types of emergencies, the ones where an individual…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Board of education voted Monday to approve 'Camp Invention' summer camp.
The Bloomindale Board of Education is hoping to keep kids' minds stimulated over the summer through a special camp program that encourages science, technology and engineering education. The board approved a weeklong program, "Camp Invention," at Monday's meeting. The camp will be held the last week of June, when students are out of school, at the Walter T. Bergen School. The program will be open to students from grades 1-6. Interim Superintendent Frank Buglione said he was excited about Principal Frank Verducci wanting to bring the program, which is used in school districts throughout the country, to the district. He was particularly enthusiastic about the subject matter. "I think it's an area that we need to do more in because this is the…