Board Of Education Meeting In Collingswood NJ June 2017


The next meeting will be on

June 26th at 7:00 pm

The meeting will take place at

Zane North School in the All Purpose Room at

801 Stokes Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108

Issues We Would Like Addressed

The Stadium Project Referendum

NJPen reported that the board of education is looking to reduce the $20.2 million referendum to $17.3 million by making some changes to option 5 of the proposed plans for the high school’s sports fields.

For more about this project, click here.

The Board of Education promised more community involvement in this decision before a vote both at last month’s meeting and in the NJPen story. Using the World-Cafe method of developing and working with a focus group, the hope is that it will help see where the community’s priorities are.

Even though the vote on the bond referendum is to be postponed for this project until 2018, we still want to make sure that there is time for people in town to be aware before this issue is presented to voters and they are informed about this issue that will be on the ballot.

No Hungry Kids In Collingswood

There has been a nation-wide issue of “food shaming” in schools -both public and private. The problem arises when a student’s meal account goes into default, or if there is even a small balance owed on the account. This has become such a serious issue that several states have issued laws against the practice and the USDA- the federal program in charge of student nutritional standards and reduced cost school lunch program management- has required that all schools must submit their plans on how they will recover student meal debts by July 1st 2017.

Reports of meals being thrown out in front of students and even assemblies where students are called out in front of their peers has caused public outcry and anger in communities across the United States and has touched Collingswood as well.

According to the guidelines, no child shall ever be denied a meal, but instead an alternate meal may be made available and notifications should be sent to the caregivers to discuss the issue.

Collingswood does have their revised plan posted on their website, in English, but we have been unable to find any distribution of the information at the school-level or any version in other languages spoken by students and families in town.

This important information may be found here.

Improving Communication with the Community

In line with “No Child Hungry” is a continued feeling by members in the community and families of students that they miss events or important information. At May’s Board of Education meeting, there was an announcement about a committee being formed to address this issue.

We want to make sure that this plan moves forward as well, as it is important to have as much in place before the start of the school year as possible.

What You Can Do

Come To The Meeting

We are encouraging members of the Collingswood community who are concerned about this and other issues to come to the Board of Education Meeting on June 26th so that your concerns can be heard by the board so they may be resolved in a timely manner.

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Jen R

Jen R

Jen Rossi, Vice President Jen Rossi moved to Collingswood with her spouse in 2012. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Fine Art. She has a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in Elementary Education (K-5) and as a Teacher of Fine Art (K-12). After a part-time floating position and substitute teaching, Jen returned to the corporate world. Professionally Jen is a Digital Marketing Manager for a privately owned insurance brokerage, providing important information on how to reduce the risks in today's business world: ranging from slip and fall injuries to computer network hacks. Getting the information in the hands of people who need it with the help of guidebooks, webinars, instructional videos, blog posts, social media alerts, and online courses. With this background in education and knowledge of the process for communicating important information to anyone willing to hear it, Jen focuses her energy on making a big impact with small things- making life a little more convenient, helping people get informed, keeping things practical and timely, and encouraging achievable goals for success. In her free time, Jen loves upcycling, improving, and otherwise repurposing materials to the delight of family, neighbors, and Etsy customers. She looks forward to running down questions and getting helpful information into social feeds and inboxes of members of the Collingswood community.