Saturday, May 18, 2013
Butler Board of Education expected to make the personnel moves Monday.
The Butler Board of Education is expected to approve the employment of dozens of preschool, elementary, and middle school teachers for the 2013-14 school year at its May 20 meeting. Click here to view an agenda for the meeting. The following individuals work at Aaron Decker School: Elizabeth Benne Patricia Buntzen Marie Burian Melinda Casey Casey Collinge Jill Dunlop Michelle Elwertowski Marie Endres Melanie Gashler Jessica Gilroy Wendy Gorecki Alyssa Grosso Maryanne Hanisch Michele Hennig Carolyn Holl Tara Iattarelli Ryan Kelly Janet Kern Karen Lomascola Stacey Martin Janine McFadden Mary Morse Jill Muller Kelly Pardus Melissa Paulison April Porter Stephanie Primavera Anna Proxenos Kristin Reilly Kristy Ricker Joanna Shaw Beverly Squire …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Board discusses planning for snow days to be taken from mid-winter break.
The Butler Public Schools Board of Education decided March 5 to finalize the calendar for the 2013-14 school year. The only issue was whether the winter break would begin with a half day on Monday, December 23 or a full day on Friday, December 20. Superintendent of Schools Mario Cardinale said his draft of the calendar called for a half day on Dec. 23 because he wanted to make sure the calendar included five snow days. “We need that,” he said. But Board Member Cynthia Sokoloff said she could not see any “educational value” in having school on Dec. 20 because attendance might be low and student attention may be focused on the coming holidays. Sokoloff suggested, and her fellow board members concurred, that a day from the mid-winter break …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Hall will honor achievements in all areas.
The Butler High School Hall of Fame will hold its first induction in 2014, Superintendent of Schools Mario Cardinale announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting. The hall of fame will honor alumni who have excelled in all areas: academics, athletics, business and community involvement. Butler has started other initiatives to keep alumni involved in the high school and school district past their graduations. More details will be released on the induction ceremony as the committee planning the event continues to discuss details.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Health benefits, special education tuition drive up costs, some layoffs may be necessary.
Butler school taxes will rise 3.95 percent in the 2013-14 year under the terms of a tentative $21.459 million budget adopted by the Butler Board of Education on Tuesday evening. That would result in the annual property tax bill for an average borough home assessed at $251,612 increasing by $147.05 or $12.25 per month, Superintendent of Schools Mario Cardinale explained. The proposed budget is 3.38 percent more than the 2012-13 $20.75 million budget. “It is not an out-of-line increase,” Cardinale said, adding that the tax increase is “reasonable.” The biggest cost driver in the budget increase is a $450,828 increase in health benefits. Other factors in the budget increase are a $216,718 rise in special education tuition, an $104,873 …
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…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Undefeated squad will have signs hung in their honor at entrance of Bloomingdale Borough.
As if the Bloomingdale Butler Youth Club (BBYC) A Squad football team could ever forget their successes over the past year's undefeated season, a reminder of the team's 2012 Super Bowl win will be hung at the entrances of the Borough of Bloomingdale after Mayor Jonathan Dunleavy presented the players with plaques Tuesday night. The squad won its division Super Bowl in November after the Bulldogs crushed the West Milford team, 26-8. The local team had a 10-0 record at the end of the season. It has been a week of celebration for the team as the youth fooball players and cheerleaders were honored by the Butler Board of Education during a special presentation Monday night. The Borough of Bloomingdale also honored the squad during the borough …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Aaron Decker School surveying parents to schedule registration appointments for 2013-14 school year.
Monday, February 4
Now that full-day kindergarten has been approved for the 2013-14 school year in the Butler Public Schools district, the Aaron Decker School administration is surveying interested parents to schedule registration appointments. The Butler Board of Education voted to approve implementing a full-day program for the first time last week. Principal Virginia Scala said the school will be hosting registration sessions on March 5, 6 and 7 and parents should fill out a survey (attached to this article) to make an appointment. The survey and other information about the full-day program is available on the school district's website. Questions should be directed to the administrators by calling the school at 973-492-2037.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Board voted to lengthen school day for kindergarten students.
The Butler Board of Education voted to move to a full-day kindergarten program after hearing a presentation about the anticipated benefits of the switch from Aaron Decker School Principal Virgina Scala. While the district has only had a partial-day kindergarten program in the past, with four sections being taught by two teachers, Superintendent Mario Cardinale said the transition is one the district has hoped to make for some time. "We've been trying to work things into the budget," he said. "We're hoping to see them reach fruition." Scala said the main reason the district considered moving to a full-day program now is so that the teachers can spend more instructional time with the children, which can help as the school works to conform to…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
12 Butler students bested 95 percent of their peers during school competition.
Sandra Borell not only knew that Kazakhstan is in Asia, but she knew to identify a specific province of the country in quick time when asked during a Richard Butler School geography bee recently. Borell was named the winner and was presented as such during Thursday's Butler Board of Education meeting. Social Studies teacher Kevin Reagan presented her with other students who had competed and placed in the school's bee. School bees are conducted across the country and eventually lead up to a national bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society and Google. The students compete locally between November and January and those who made it past the school level, including Borell, were asked to take a written exam. The top-100 students who …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Bloomingdale Council will vote on full-time mayor ordinance.
Registration for Tri-Boro Little League will begin Monday and continue on Friday and Saturday of this week. Participants can be signed up at Anderson Field for in-person registration and online registration can be done here. The Bloomingdale Council could vote in favor of having a full-time mayor with business administrator's responsibilities, an unprecedented move for the borough, during this week's council meeting. The council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Bloomingdale Borough Hall on Hamburg Turnpike. The Butler Board of Education will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Butler High School Library.