Friday, May 3, 2013
The new playground held an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
The following information was provided by Woodbridge Township. Mayor John E. McCormac, Dr. Robert Zega, Superintendent of Schools, Principal Joseph D’Orsi, Oak RidgeHeights School #21, members of the Woodbridge Township Board of Education and representatives of the Woodbridge Department of Public Works, Parks & Recreation, along with teachers, students and neighborhood residents officially “opened” the new playground at Oak Ridge Heights School #21 on Tues., April 30.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
A whole slew of financial, environmental, and other experts are on the agenda at tonight's meeting.
The Woodbridge Board of Education will be appointing a whole host of consultants to help run the district for the 2013-2014 school year, according to the Thursday night agenda. The meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7 pm at Avenel Middle School. Some of the appointments on the agenda include: In addition, Kenneth G. Swan, Jr., MD of Brunswick Orthopedics & Rehabilitation will be appointed as team physician for the district's three high schools at a fee of $5,000. That includes coverage for home football games, wrestling certification, and as a consultant on atheletic injuries. An additional fee of $500 per day and $250 per half day will be charged for special events and tournaments. The rest of tonight's agenda can be found at this link…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Woodbridge Board of Ed will be adopting a $206.7 million budget - and cutting its travel expenses by $25,000
It's budget time again, and the Woodbridge Board of Education will be meeting Tuesday night to pass the 2013-14 annual school budget. The board will meet to formerly adopt a budget of $206.7 million, of which $162.6 million will be raised via the local property tax levy. An interesting addendum to the BOE agenda is the travel budget. The board is moving to reduce its travel and expense budget. It had budgeted a maximum of $36,500 for the expenditures in the 2012-13 school year, but only spent $5,125. If the resolution succeeds, the board will reduce its appropriation for travel and other such expenses to $11,500 for the new school year. The maximum reimbursement, according to the resolution, will be: The board meeting will be at 7 pm at …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Jean Donato died in a bizarre accident a year ago during the township-promoted exercise event. A year later, her death is still ignored by officials- but the shakefest has been renamed and toned down.
A year after a freakish accident claimed the life of a longtime Woodbridge Board of Education employee, the township-sponsored exercise event that cost the woman her life has quietly disappeared. Instead, it's been revamped into a presumably safer 12-week dieting and exercise event, called the "Mayor's Spring into Shape Weight Loss Challenge." Residents who pay a $30 fee will get a t-shirt with Mayor John McCormac's fat fighting slogan, "Shape Up Woodbridge!" on it. They'll also receive a pedometer, nutrition education classes, and workout sessions at the Woodbridge Community Center. Big losers will win cash prizes, said McCormac in a statement on the event. In 2012, the exercise event was known as "Moves Like Woodbridge." The idea was …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
All adults will be prohibited from 'vaping' - smoking electronic cigarettes that contain nicotine but no tobacco - on Woodbridge Township school grounds.
There will be no vaping on Board of Ed property, if a school board is revised. The Woodbridge Board of Education will be looking to change its tobacco prohibition policy at tonight's BOE meeting, slated for 7 pm at Avenel Middle School The BOE will be adding a ban on e-cigarettes, the electronic cigarettes that don't contain tobacco, but which many adults use to satisfy nicotine cravings. The prohibition will be added to a Board policy on cigarettes and tobacco products, which was initially adopted in 1978 and last revised in 1994. The policy, as it will be changed, will read, "smoking shall mean all uses of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and pipes, and the inhalation of vapors from electronic smoking devices, …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Two ordinances that will transform land swaps between the town and Board of Ed's old Outlook Ave. schoo into senior housing top the Woodbridge Council agenda for tonight.
The Woodbridge Council is proposing two amendments tonight: one that would swap land between the town and the Board of Education, and then, to transfer the formerly BOE-owned land to the Woodbridge Affordable Housing Corporation (WAHC) to create 62 units of housing for senior citizens. The Council will address both first-reading ordinances at their meeting, slated for 7 pm at Woodbridge Town Hall tonight. The BOE-owned parcel - Block 425.05, Lot 8 - is the former Outlook Avenue School in the Colonia section of Woodbridge. The Board tried to sell the school and land back in 2011 for $1.660 million without result. It will be swapped with the Township for its land, known on the tax maps as Block 1065, Lot 3, which appears to be property …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
There will be a 'Meet & Greet Luncheon' with Dr. Robert Zega on March 5.
Have you met Woodbridge's new superintendent of schools? This may be your chance. The township's Board of Education announced that there will be a "Meet and Greet" luncheon with Dr. Robert Zega on Tuesday, March 5. The luncheon will be held at 12 noon at the Metro Top Tower, located at 111 Wood Avenue South in Iselin. Zega had open houses earlier this month in each of the township's three high schools. He was appointed to be superintendent in January, after first being employed as assistant superintendent last August. Zega stepped in after a series of school cheating scandals caused the resignation of Dr. John Crowe, who formerly held the superintendent position. There was no mention about the cost for the March 5 luncheon, or if …
Friday, February 8, 2013
The impending snowstorm has caused the Woodbridge School District to announce that schools today are shutting early. Read the schedule below.
All 24 of the schools in the Woodbridge School District will be closed early today because of the impending snowstorm. The storm, which may dump as much as 10 inches of snow on the area tonight, is forecast to begin Friday afternoon. The schools will follow the early dismissal plan, according to a notice posted on the Board of Education website. That means: Regular breakfasts will be served at all schools, and regular lunches will be available at all elementary schools, but not the middle or high schools. All after school events, and after school childcare are cancelled as well. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Woodbridge residents don't seem to think it's nearly enough to keep Woodbridge students safe. What do YOU think? Tell us!
The Woodbridge Board of Education passed a measure last week to add three more Woodbridge patrolman to the three they already have to patrol the district's 24 schools. But parents in Woodbridge don't seem to think that's nearly enough officers to adequately keep the schools safe. "I think that's a great first step but, only 6 patrolmen to cover 24 schools? I would feel better if each school had a full time security guard. Malls have security guards, maybe something like that," said Michele Ladis Frabasile on Woodbridge Patch's Facebook page. Many of the posters were reacting to the December shootings at a Sandy Hook, Connecticut school that left 20 first grade students dead. "It's a start but [it] doesnt give me a sigh of relief when only…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Three full-time Woodbridge patrolmen will be patrolling the township's 24 schools to make the district safer for students.
Woodbridge parents can breathe a little easier as far as their children's safety is concerned. The Board of Education approved a motion to add three off-duty police officers to patrol the district's 24 schools during the school day. The three officers will join three others who currently are on watch at Woodbridge schools. There are 16 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools in the district. The idea to add more officers came from the district's new superintendent, Dr. Robert Zega. The motion was passed at the January 30 meeting, at the same assembly when Dr. Zega's appointment to school superintendent was approved. "We've been taking a look at our whole security system," Zega said. He said the board's Security …