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					  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
                                             for discussion.
                                                                                        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
                                                                                       through 12.”
                                                                                                                                                  may be recognized. At this point, the
                                                                                                                                                  types of awards are not known.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      awaiting electrical inspection for it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                      multipurpose room.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           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, 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 ( 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
                                                                                       Allergic Reaction
                              FIRE BLOTTER
      FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27                    vated unintentionally.
                                                                                       Behavioral Disorder
                                                                                                                                             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.
                                                                                       Cardiac Related
                                                                                       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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1 (first
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           At the end of the meeting, Mr. Gildea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        announced that the Senior Transpor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tation services with the Red Cross
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