Page 10 Thursday, January 16, 2003 The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
Funding of Sports Activities No Child Left Behind Act, 2003-2004
Concerns Westfield Parents CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
has undergone a couple of tests and
measures such as replacing tiles and
could be considered a “broad” matter
Calendar Reviewed by SP-F School Bd.
By JENNIFER PINTO that fail to make AYP for two consecu- 22 and 23, as well as starting a day connection with a prototype class-
cleaning has been taken to remove In other business, the board noted Specially Written for The Westfield Leader
tive years will be identified as need- earlier on September 3 instead of Sep- room at Brunner School.
the mold. the closure of public schools for SCOTCH PLAINS -- The “No Child ing improvement.” Those schools tember 4. The board also approved receipt of
However, it was not until recently Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Left Behind Act” of 2001 (NCLB), will be required by the state to de- Another idea was to hold the Pro- the Board Secretary Report, Treasurer
that the mold appears to have been Monday, January 20. It was also which was signed into law by Presi- velop a “turn around plan.” fessional Staff Day, which has been of School Funds Report and budget
completely eliminated, yet no offi- noted that the Westfield Recital dent George W. Bush one year ago, However, what remains the most scheduled for September 3, on Janu- adjustments for October and Novem-
cial written report to confirm this is Series begins on Wednesday, Janu- was discussed by Superintendent of controversial is how “students will ary 2, 2004. This plan would allow for ber of 2002.
currently available. ary 29. Instruction Dr. Margaret Hayes at the be given the option to transfer to a students to be dismissed by June 17. The following bills were also ap-
regular scheduled Scotch Plains- better public school (one not identi- All of these calendar plans are cur- proved:
Members of the public voiced con- The board congratulated several Fanwood meeting on January 9.
cern that their children had been learn- students as well. Members of the fied for improvement) in the district.” rently tentative and under discus- December 20, 2002 bill list for
Dr. Hayes offered a presentation to Schools that do not meet the AYP sion, no official calendar has been $989,473.44; first December 2002
ing in this room and that it has caused Westfield High School Orchestra the board, outlining the guidelines of for three years in a row must also made public. manual checklist for $285,641.98
the resignation of long-time teacher, have met with recent success and NCLB. provide additional education ser- Business Administrator/Board Sec- and the second December 20, 2002
Patricia Jakubowski. have been noted for their top perfor- According to the NCLB, this pro- vices to children in need. retary Anthony Del Sordi updated the bill list for $907,038.15.
Mrs. Gardner replied that this is- mances. gram “represents some of the most After four years of consecutive fail- public on the remaining construc- The board will continue to review
sue had not reached the board until Meanwhile, the bowling team won significant changes to the Elemen- ure of the AYP, schools will be “iden- tion projects in the district. Accord- existing polices and will further re-
this past December and that the board first place at the Brick tournament tary and Secondary Education Act tified for restructuring.” This may ing to Mr. Del Sordi, Park Middle view the policy no. 1312/5145.6 re-
is responsible for matters of broad this past weekend. (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965.” include staff and curriculum changes School “completed another phase on garding student and/or Parent com-
policy, not building maintenance. Dr. Hayes’ presentation revealed for the given school. the third floor.” plaints and policy no. 1314 solicit-
The board will reconvene next
that, beginning in 2002 through After five years of failure, it is pos- “The only work remaining to be ing funds in school facilities.
The overall tone of the public on Tuesday, January 28, for the 2003, “schools must administer tests
seemed to reflect their belief that a continuation of preliminary bud- sible that the state might take over or done is the music room, nurse’s room Carol Senff, Director of the Lan-
in each of three spans: grades 3 to 5, the school might convert to a charter and the locker rooms,” stated Mr. Del guage Arts Department at SPFHS, gave
problem which spanned three years get talks. 6 to 9 and 10 to 12.” school. Sordi. All of this work is due to be a presentation on a plagiarism pre-
“By 2005-2006, tests must be ad- Nevertheless, schools that improve completed in March. vention program, which is currently
ministered every year in grades 3 will be eligible for awards and staff Brunner Elementary School is being piloting at the high school.
Prospect Gardens, Trader Joe’s through 8 and one year in grades 10
may be recognized. At this point, the
types of awards are not known.
awaiting electrical inspection for it’s
The program, which was purchased
for $900, through a California website
Science Achievement must also be Filled with questions and concerns, At Scotch Plains-Fanwood High called turnitin.com, allows teachers to
Hearings Delayed by Adj. Board tested during the 2007-2008 school
the board asked Dr. Hayes to keep the
district informed regarding the imple-
School (SPFHS), the cinderblock
walls are coming up and the elevators
check student papers for plagiarism.
According to Ms. Senff’s presenta-
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The goal of the No Child Left Be- mentation of NCLB, as well as it’s are moving along. tion, the program discourages stu-
to use the space on a second level of smaller than the first and suggested hind act is that all students achieve updated guidelines. “Field construction has ceased due dents to plagiarize.
a building in the Central Business that the main sign face South Avenue proficiency in the designated tests by While the information is still rather to snow…chances are baseball fields Most board members agreed that
District for educational use, called and the second entrance sign face the 2013, roughly 10 years from now. preliminary, Dr. Hayes assured the will not be used this spring, fields the program was a good idea, how-
Knit-A-Bit. parking lot. Board of Adjustment “Each state will establish a mini- public and the board that she will should be able to be used on Septem- ever some members had concerns with
Cases that were heard included a members ruled that the South Avenue mum standard for the percentage of keep the district updated with infor- ber first for fall sports,” said Mr. Del the company’s (turnitin.com) mo-
denial for homeowners Kevin and sign be no bigger than 20 feet by 2 students achieving proficiency,” the mation from the state. Sordi. tives. Some of the concerns included:
feet (which is the size of the existing NCLB act states. According to Superintendent of The Superintendent’s Report ap- questions about solicitations to stu-
Carolyn Galligan, of Shackamaxon
sign) and that the second entrance The state will use the results of the Schools Dr. Carol Choye, “This month, proved out-of-district placements for dents via e-mail, security concern’s
Drive to retain a children’s play house Elementary School Proficiency As-
contrary to the positioning of the sign be no bigger than 10 feet by 2 every state must give a plan.” Once two students. One student will be and questions about the website’s
sessment (ESPA) and Grade Eight the state has formulated it’s plan, then attending Briarcliff Middle School revenue.
structure. The town originally sited feet. Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) the districts will have all the informa- in Mountain Lakes at a tuition cost of Ms. Senff assured that the site was
the homeowners in October of 2001 Other approvals included Michael 2001-2002 test scores as a prelimi- tion in respect to the NCLB guide- $20,335. The other student will be implemented by graduate professors
because the large wooden playhouse, and Mercedes Poyntz of Tamaques nary starting point for Adequate lines. attending the Cranford Alternative who assured her that this is a secure
which is 12 feet high at the peak of the Way, constructing a second story Yearly Process (AYP). In preparing for the next academic Middle Program at a tuition cost of website. Ms. Senff also stated that
roof, is located adjacent to the addition, Walter and Susan Brand of Additional indicators that will also year, Dr. Choye also discussed a pos- $14,709. universities in California as well as
neighbor’s front and side yard on Lenox Avenue seeking to construct a be used to measure yearly progress sible calendar for the 2003-2004 The World Language Curriculum New Jersey’s own, Rutgers Univer-
Knollwood Terrace. Board of Adjust- third floor dormer addition, Steve include factors such as: analyzing school year. In this tentative calen- was approved for grades 4 and 5 as sity have implemented this program.
and Krista Pinkin of Kimball Turn students as subgroups (includes sub- dar, the school year would begin on well as high school Spanish II Aca- Ms. Senff and board members will
ment members ruled that the playhouse
seeking permission for an addition, groups of race, special education or September 4, and would end in late demic, Spanish II Accelerated and continue to follow and investigate
be moved so that it is 20 feet from the poverty) and reviewing attendance
David and Pamela Fisezi of Carlton June. In this calendar, the students Spanish III Academic. concerns regarding the plagiarism
street sideline instead of the 8 feet that and graduation rates.
Road for a second floor addition, would have a full two weeks off for In business functions, the school program.
has placed it in violation of the town’s According to Dr. Hayes presenta- the winter/holiday break, which board awarded transportation con- In addition the board held a budget
land use ordinance for three and a half George and Barbara Canellis to erect tion: would mean that students would be tracts to George Dapper, Inc., lowest meeting on Tuesday, January 14,
years. The structure was originally a fire escape for a third floor apart- “Schools will be responsible for off from December 22 to January 5. bidder, for route S2 at a cost of $191.95 where needs for the 2003-2004 Spe-
erected in the summer of 1999. ment on South Euclid Avenue and improving the academic perfor- Some of the board members felt per day and Amaker & Poterfield, cial Services budget were discussed.
The Board also heard the case for Gregory and Lynda Kasko for a first mances of all students, and there will that the holiday break was two long lowest bidder, at a cost of $180 per Director of Special Service, Dr.
the Fujiyama Mama Restaurant Corp. and second floor addition to their be consequences for districts and and that they would prefer to have the day, for route S3. Timothy Hamway, offered a prelimi-
located in the Kentucky Fried home on Everson Place. schools that fail to progress. Schools students report to classes on January The board also approved the fol- nary presentation, requesting 10 ad-
Chicken Strip Mall on South Avenue. Amended approvals included Marc lowing change orders pertaining to ditional staffing positions to be in-
school construction: Piping Plus, Inc., cluded in the 2003-2004 budget.
The restaurant was formerly Dress
Barn. The applicant asked for a sec-
and Edna Edelman for a two-story
addition in the rear and side of their
WESTFIELD VOLUNTEER J.A. Coles, negative $3,417; Triple B After much discussion, no cuts or
ond sign facing South Avenue as well house on Hillcrest Avenue and RESCUE SQUAD BLOTTER Fabricators, J.A. Coles, negative
$8,000; Piping Plus, Inc., Terrill
official changes to the budget pro-
posal were made. The Special Ser-
as a sign over the main entrance fac- Murray and Lynn Sherenewky for an Middle School, negative $10,000 vices Proposal will be further reviewed
Statistics for Week Ending Nov. 16, 2002
Statisticsfor Weeks Ending January 4, 2003
ing the parking lot. The Board stated addition that was 3 percent bigger and Flanagan’s, SPFHS, $51,685. in future board meetings.
that in order for them to approve the than allowed in the land use ordi- The board also approved accep- The board will hold their next pub-
signage, the second sign must be nance on North Cottage Place. Nature of Call: First Call: Second Call: Third Call: tance in grant funding in the amount lic meeting on Thursday, January 23,
Abd Injury Head/Neck Injury 10 5 3 of $17,000 from the Miles Hodsdon at 7:45 p.m. in the Administration
Vernon Foundation, Inc. to be used in Building.
WESTFIELD Airway Obstruction
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27 vated unintentionally.
3 1 WF Council to Hear More
Cardiac Arrest 1
• South Avenue, East – water leak.
• Ramapo Way - malfunctioning
• Woodmere Drive – cooking fire.
• North Chestnut Street – gas leak
in the street.
Diabetic Related (Potential)
1 Information About Fairs
fire alarm. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
• Boynton Avenue – cooking fire. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Fire Call 1 approval of the dates for their 2003 businesses exposure.
• Bates Way – secure downed tele- • Tuttle Parkway – check a hot wall General Illness 3 events, including the three street fairs. Most of the council felt that the
phone wire. in a home. Other Injury 2 Mayor McDermott asked Fourth street fairs are valuable to the town.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 • Belvidere Avenue – water leak. Ward Democrat Councilwoman and First Ward Republican Council-
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 Respiratory Distress 4 1
• First Street – garage fire. Liaison to the WACC Susan Jacobson man Peter Echausse stated that he has
• Boynton Avenue – lift assist. • Coolidge Street – water prob- Seizure 1
to get a consensus from the WACC heard negative feedback on the fairs
MONDAY, DECEMBER 30 lem. Spinal Injury 5 about the events. The mayor com- and that it is, “getting to be too much.”
• South Avenue, West – automobile • Glen Avenue – water problem. Stroke/CVA 1 1 mented that he heard feedback from First Ward Republican Council-
accident with vehicle overturned. • North Avenue, East – automobile Suspected Fracture 3 1 residents and merchants that vendors man Sal Caruana stated that he has
• Ramapo Way – malfunctioning accident with injuries. are coming from out of town, and that heard a range of opinions and that he
• Mohican Drive – structure Syncope 2 1 1
fire alarm. stores have to pay for use of the street would like additional information
• Linden Avenue – fire alarm acti- fire. Unconscious 1
in front of their stores. on the economic impact on the busi-
vated unintentionally. • Grove Street – water in a base- TOTALS 38 10 1 Mayor McDermott also questioned nesses, and how the money raised
• Linden Avenue – fire alarm acti- ment. if there needed to be three car shows. from the event is spent.
vated unintentionally. • East Broad Street – overheated Paramedics 15 (first call); 4 (second call); 1 (third call) = 20 The mayor asked Councilman Councilwoman Jacobson and
• Linden Avenue – fire alarm acti- vehicle engine. Genesis Eldercare 2 (first call); 1 (second call); 0 (third call) =3
Goldman to get a consensus from the Councilman Goldman will report
Senior Citizen Complex 3 (first Downtown Westfield Corporation
call); 1 (second call); 0 (third call) =4 back to the council after their meet-
In-Town Emergency Calls 37 (first (DWC) and questioned, “At what ings with the WACC and the DWC.
Attention 8 Graders th call); 9 (second call); 1 (third call) =47
Out-of-Town Mutual Aid
call); 1 (second call); 0 (third call) =2
point is too much?”
Debbie Schmidt, WACC Executive
Director, was present at the meeting.
She said that the street fairs give the
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announced that the Senior Transpor-
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will begin next week. He said that an
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