Contract Of Newly-Hired NJ Schools Super Rescinded Days Before Start Date Contract Of Newly-Hired NJ Schools Super Rescinded Days Before Start Date
Contract Of Newly-Hired NJ Schools Super Rescinded Days Before Start Date Ramapo-lndian Hills Regional High School has rescinded the contract of its brand-new superintendent just days before he was set to officially take office. In its Thursday, June 27 meeting, the district's Board of Education voted 5-0-3 to rescind the contract of Dr. Ronnie Tarchichi, which would have gone into effect on July 1. On May 28, the Board voted 9-0 in favor of approving Tarchichi's contract. ALSO SEE: Ramapo-Indian Hills' New Superintendent Comes With 2 Doctorates, Plans For Vocational Programs RIH BOE President Kim Ansh was not immediately available to comment…
UPDATE: 'Inappropriate Comment' Temporarily Halts Distribution Of NJ School Yearbook UPDATE: 'Inappropriate Comment' Temporarily Halts Distribution Of NJ School Yearbook
Update: 'Inappropriate Comment' Temporarily Halts Distribution Of NJ School Yearbook A graduating Ramapo Indian Hills High School student intended "no harm or offense" with an "inappropriate comment" in the senior yearbook, the district's acting chief said Thursday night. According to parents, a graduating senior included an untoward reference to a Jewish Holocaust victim under his portrait photo. In response, Ramapo Indian Hills High School District Acting Supt. Dr. Melissa Quackenbush said officials were halting the distribution of the remaining yearbooks and were talking with the distributor about reprints. "Additionally, we are consulting with the Jewish Federatio…
Pennsauken Schools Superintendent Hired For North Jersey District Pennsauken Schools Superintendent Hired For North Jersey District
Pennsauken Schools Superintendent Hired For North Jersey District Ramapo-lndian Hills Regional High School has hired a new superintendent. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, May 28, the RIH Board of Education voted 9-0 in favor of approving Dr. Ronnie Tarchichi's contract, which goes into effect July 1. The board also voted 7-0 with two abstentions to terminate the contract of interim superintendent Dr. James Baker. When asked about the sudden termination of Baker's contract, the BOE declined to comment on personnel matters. The board also voted 5-4 in favor of appointing Dr. Melissa Quackenbush, the district's director of curriculum, to acting su…
NJ District To Cut 51 Teachers, Staff In 'Most Difficult' Budget Of Superintendent's Career NJ District To Cut 51 Teachers, Staff In 'Most Difficult' Budget Of Superintendent's Career
NJ District To Cut 51 Teachers, Staff In 'Most Difficult' Budget Of Superintendent's Career In his 31 years of leading school districts, East Brunswick Public Schools Superintendent Victor Valeski said he'd never had to craft a school budget as difficult as the one for 2024-25. There was an $7.8 million rise in costs and $1.3 million reduction in state aid in next year's school budget.  "This is by far the hardest and most impactful," Valeski told Daily Voice. A total of 51 staff members had to be eliminated, Valeski said. The cuts included 15 teachers, 10 instructional coaches, seven school counselors and the assistant superintendent of student activities and services. Th…
Rutgers Failed To Listen To Pleas From Jewish Faculty, Students On Campus, NJ Congressmen Say Rutgers Failed To Listen To Pleas From Jewish Faculty, Students On Campus, NJ Congressmen Say
Rutgers Failed To Listen To Pleas From Jewish Faculty, Students On Campus, NJ Congressmen Say A pair of New Jersey congressmen have made an urgent request for Rutgers University to address the antisemitism and safety concerns raised for months by Jewish students on campus. In a letter sent Wednesday, May 8 to Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway, Democratic U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Donald Norcross said the university has a responsibility to ensure the safety and inclusion of all faculty and students on campus "after the administration appeased the demands of violent and hateful agitators." The lawmakers also demanded answers about whether the administration consulted…
Rutgers President Called To Testify Before Congress On Deal With Pro-Palestine Protesters Rutgers President Called To Testify Before Congress On Deal With Pro-Palestine Protesters
Rutgers President Called To Testify Before Congress On Deal With Pro-Palestine Protesters Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway has been called to testify before Congress later this month about his handling of pro-Palestinian protesters, authorities confirmed. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from North Carolina, the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, announced Monday, May 6 that she postponed appearances by the presidents of Yale University and the University of Michigan and scheduled Holloway and Northwestern President Michael Schill to speak on May 23. "Over the last several days, the presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers have made shocki…
'We Sang Zip-Tied And Handcuffed': Arrested Princeton Students Speak Out 'We Sang Zip-Tied And Handcuffed': Arrested Princeton Students Speak Out
'We Sang Zip-Tied And Handcuffed': Arrested Princeton Students Speak Out What Princeton University officials called a dangerous situation was described as anything but by student organizers. The 13 individuals arrested at the occupation of Clio Hall, home of the grad school at the Ivy League college, on Monday, April 29, have released statements. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest (@princetondivestnow) In one, the students said they'd organized a "peaceful sit-in" in Clio Hall, accompanied by Professor Ruha Benjamin, acting as a legal and faculty observer. "Police arre…
Princeton VP Hints At More Arrests, Commencement Consequences Of Pro-Palestine Protests Princeton VP Hints At More Arrests, Commencement Consequences Of Pro-Palestine Protests
Princeton VP Hints At More Arrests, Commencement Consequences Of Pro-Palestine Protests Princeton University's vice president for campus life hinted at more arrests and graduation consequences in the ongoing pro-Palestine protests In a letter to students Tuesday evening, April 30. Thirteen pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested at the Ivy League college on Monday evening, April 29 after briefly occupying Clio Hall, home of the graduate school, university officials said. Those arrested at the school included five undergraduates, six graduate students, one postdoctoral researcher and one person not affiliated with the university, Princeton President Christopher …
Grad Hall Takeover: Pro-Palestine Protest At Princeton Ends In 13 Arrests, Officials Say Grad Hall Takeover: Pro-Palestine Protest At Princeton Ends In 13 Arrests, Officials Say
Grad Hall Takeover: Pro-Palestine Protest At Princeton Ends In 13 Arrests, Officials Say Thirteen pro-Palestinian protestors were arrested at Princeton University on Monday evening, April 29 after briefly occupying Clio Hall, home of the graduate school, university officials confirmed. Those arrested at the Ivy League school included five undergraduates, six graduate students, one postdoctoral researcher and one person not affiliated with the university, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest (@princetondivestnow) …
Princeton Grad Students Arrested At Pro-Palestinian Protest (PHOTOS) Princeton Grad Students Arrested At Pro-Palestinian Protest (PHOTOS)
Princeton Grad Students Arrested At Pro-Palestinian Protest (Photos) Two Princeton University graduate students were arrested and barred from campus during a pro-Palestinian protest on Thursday, April 25, authorities said. The arrests came as pro-Palestinian student encampments are being set up on multiple university campuses nationwide. Various pro-Palestinian Princeton groups shared footage to social media. View this post on Instagram A post shared by PSL New Jersey (@pslnewjersey) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Princeton Israeli Apartheid Divest …
Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings
Best High Schools: New Jersey Well-Represented In New National Rankings New Jersey is well-represented in brand-new rankings of the nation's best high schools. US News & World report released its annual list on Tuesday morning, April 23. The rankings were determined by performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. Two New Jersey schools made the top 50 in the U.S: High Technology High School in Lincroft at No. 24, and Edison Academy Magnet School at No. 42. According to US News & World Report, The top 10 best high schools in the Garden State are: No. 10: Academy for Allied Health Sciences …
NJ Teacher Accused Of Touching Student In Hallway Slapped With Disorderly Persons Offense NJ Teacher Accused Of Touching Student In Hallway Slapped With Disorderly Persons Offense
NJ Teacher Accused Of Touching Student In Hallway Slapped With Disorderly Persons Offense A Marlboro middle school teacher accused by a parent of assaulting a student in the hallway has been slapped with a disorderly persons offense. On Friday, April 19, Jenna Sciabica, 38, was charged with one count of harassment-offensive touching, which is considered a petty disorderly persons offense, in connection with a March 13 incident, Marlboro police and online records say. Teacher Jenna Sciabica charged after inappropriate touching claim https://t.co/oR03iOdUtf — Avi Lehrer (@lehrer_avi) April 21, 2024 The incident involved "offensive touching over the clothes" in the hallway of …
NJ Daycare Worker Caused Child's Nose Bleed In Series Of Assaults, Police Papers Say NJ Daycare Worker Caused Child's Nose Bleed In Series Of Assaults, Police Papers Say
NJ Daycare Worker Caused Child's Nose Bleed In Series Of Assaults, Police Papers Say Three students at a preschool in Mercer County were hit and grabbed aggressively by a childcare teacher, authorities said. In one of the incidents at the Malvern School on Route 33 in Robbinsville, the teacher's slap caused a nosebleed, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice. Another incident caused a visible injury to an arm, the paperwork says. Ekta Dwarkesh, 45, of South Brunswick, is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child by abuse or neglect, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. Surveillance video from the school…
'White Student Union:' Officials Remain Tight-Lipped Amid Racial Probe At NJ High School 'White Student Union:' Officials Remain Tight-Lipped Amid Racial Probe At NJ High School
'White Student Union:' Officials Remain Tight-Lipped Amid Racial Probe At NJ High School An unofficial high school club accused of racial bias is under investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and local police. Members of a non-sanctioned club at Collingswood High School called the "White Student Union" allegedly spew racist slurs against some students, according to a report by 6abc.com. Students told the news outlet that the behavior has been getting worse.  "This is an active and ongoing investigation by the Collingswood Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office," said Donna Weaver, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor. "As such, we are n…
Solar Eclipse Means Early Dismissal For These NJ Schools Solar Eclipse Means Early Dismissal For These NJ Schools
Solar Eclipse Means Early Dismissal For These NJ Schools A solar eclipse on Monday, April 8 is closing schools across New Jersey. Last month, Livingston Public Schools in Essex County announced an early dismissal in anticipation of children looking at the sun. Since then, others have announced they too will close early. Pennsauken officials announced a half-day as the eclipse is expected to coincide with dismissal, posing a safety concern. Students in the Shore Regional High School District will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m., ahead of the eclipse, according to a letter form the superintendent. Cherry Hill students will also be dismissed early…
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit
Brake-Checking, Racist Parent Vowed To Have NJ Bus Driver Fired — And She Was: Lawsuit A black school bus driver claims she was fired after an encounter with a racist parent who confronted her on the road in Cumberland County, court papers say. Genera Fisher filed a lawsuit against the Millville Public Charter School on March 7 in Superior Court, alleging she was let go "in retaliation for her protected activity of reporting a hate crime and/or racial harassment."  The alleged road rage incident occurred on March 3, 2023, according to the lawsuit which described the scene: A car driven by another student's parent brake-checking and turning without signaling in …
Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police
Dad Arrested Trying To Defend Daughter In NJ Classroom Confrontation: Police A South Jersey dad has been charged with making "terroristic threats" and threatening to "knock out" her daughter's peer in an apparent attempt to defend her in a high school classroom in Gloucester County, police paperwork says. Aaron Thomas went into a Paulsboro High School classroom Monday, March 11 while signing his daughter out around 11:30 a.m., an affidavit of probable cause obtained by Daily Voice says. Thomas, 38, was reportedly upset over photos being air-dropped, and was shouting and threatening to "knock the f— out" a student, paperwork says. At one point, Thomas got …
Two Jersey Shore School Districts Could Merge After OK From State Officials Two Jersey Shore School Districts Could Merge After OK From State Officials
Two Jersey Shore School Districts Could Merge After OK From State Officials New Jersey's top education officials have signed-off on a referendum for a merger between two school districts. On Friday, March 8, Acting New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Dehmer approved Seaside Heights merging with the Toms River Regional school district. The Central Regional School District had petitioned against the merger, but Dehmer said that Seaside Heights is closer in proximity to Toms River, so transportation will be cheaper and more time-efficient. He also said the merger would be unlikely to "increase or exacerbate the segregation of students by racial, …
NJ University Generated $3B In Annual Revenue For State, Plans Continued Expansion: New Study NJ University Generated $3B In Annual Revenue For State, Plans Continued Expansion: New Study
NJ University Generated $3B In Annual Revenue For State, Plans Continued Expansion: New Study An independent study released this week calculates that Rowan University's annual economic impact is $2.9 billion statewide, up nearly double from less than five years ago, campus officials said. Projects such as Discovery Hall, the $46.7 million academic building that opened in 2021, support growth in the region and state, said the new study by Econsult Solutions Inc. (ESI) of Philadelphia. The Glassboro-based university is planning another $1.5 billion in expansion projects in the next decade, campus officials said. President Ali A. Houshmand, in a press statement, said: “Our e…
South Jersey Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Eating Marijuana Gummies South Jersey Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Eating Marijuana Gummies
South Jersey Middle Schoolers Hospitalized After Eating Marijuana Gummies Four Camden County middle school students were treated at a hospital after they ate marijuana gummies, authorities said. A student at Phifer Middle School in Pennsauken brought the gummies from home on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14 and shared them with other students, Pennsauken Schools Superintendent Ronnie Tarchichi said in a letter to parents.  Staff noticed the students seemed to have erratic behavior and sent them to the nurse, the superintendent said. The nurse sent four students to the hospital. Three of the students were back at school Friday, while the fourth stude…
South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm
South Jersey Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Major Winter Storm Some South Jersey school districts are canceling classes or delaying the start of school before a winter storm that's expected on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Mercer, Middlesex, and Monmouth Counties. There is also a coastal flood warning in Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The NWS predicts four to six inches of snow in Trenton, three to four inches in Long Branch, and one to two inches in Toms River. Southern Jersey Shore places like Atlantic City, Cape May County, Long Beach, Ocean City, and Vinela…
NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year
NJ High School Educator Nominated For National Teacher Of The Year A Monmouth County educator who was named New Jersey's teacher of the year could also get the same recognition nationally. Joe Nappi, a history and social studies teacher at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, is one of four finalists for the 2024 National Teacher of the Year award, The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced. Nappi won the state's Teacher of the Year award in September 2023. The other finalists are Cat Walker from Alaska, Christy Todd from Georgia, and Missy Testerman from Tennessee. Nappi is the third Garden State educator to be a nati…
Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ
Superintendent Reprimanded For Recommending Son For Substitute Teaching Job In NJ The superintendent of a Middlesex County school district broke a pair of school ethics rules by approving a list of substitute teachers that included her son, officials said. Monroe Township Superintendent Chari R. Chanley’s “failure to recuse herself on the recommendation of her child’s employment constitutes using her position as superintendent to secure an unwarranted privilege, advantage, or employment for her child,” prompted action from the the New Jersey School Ethics Commission, according to a Jan. 23 decision. Chanley was reprimanded for recommending approval of a list of more…
What Lead Found At Trenton Public School Means For Students What Lead Found At Trenton Public School Means For Students
What Lead Found At Trenton Public School Means For Students Lead contamination has been discovered at a school in Trenton, authorities said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested two schools in December that once were the site of pottery factories in the early 1900s. On Monday, Jan. 29, the EPA contacted the school district and said an "above normal" level of lead existed in the grass and dirt outside Ulysses S. Grant Intermediate School, according to Superintendent James Earle. Earle said the contaminated area will be clearly condoned off with rope, tape, cones and barrels. Students and staff will be offered testing for lead, a school d…
Princeton University Confiscates E-Scooters After Campus Ban On Electric Vehicles Princeton University Confiscates E-Scooters After Campus Ban On Electric Vehicles
Princeton University Confiscates E-Scooters After Campus Ban On Electric Vehicles Princeton University has confiscated at least 80 e-scooters following a ban on electric vehicles on campus, officials confirmed. Personal electric vehicles including hoverboards and electric and motorized skateboards, are prohibited to be used, stored, parked, or charged within the campus "restricted zone," according to Princeton's policy. The policy took effect on Thursday, Jan. 25. Electric bicycles in “assist” mode, provided that users follow all applicable traffic regulations and requirements are permitted on campus roadways but not pathways and sidewalks, the policy says. This policy…
Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App
Traumatized By Break-In, NJ College Student Develops Emergency App An MBA fellow at Rowan University has designed an app to enhance the security of students at the Glassboro campus. Siena Rampulla was a victim of an off-campus break-in in March 2022, as reported by Daily Voice.  Jorge L. Navaheredia, 29, of Sicklerville, had broken into several women's homes including Rampulla's, according to Glassboro police. He was caught hiding under a kitchen sink with panties, police said. A search of the suspect's vehicle turned up additional panties and mail from burglary victims, police said at the time. A pre-trial conference for Navaheredia is set for Feb. …
Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts
Cybersecurity, Electrical Issues Close, Delay 2 New Jersey School Districts One New Jersey school district is closed and another delayed Monday, Jan. 29 due to electrical and cybersecurity issues. All Freehold Township schools are closed due to a "cybersecurity event," Dr. Dianne Martello Brethauer, the assistant Freehold schools superintendent, said on X. Brethauer did not elaborate. Egg Harbor Township schools will operate on a 2-hour delayed opening schedule due to a "major electrical and mechanical issue affecting all of our schools," its website says.
Driver Who Struck Student At School Bus Stop Charged With Assault By Auto In South Jersey Driver Who Struck Student At School Bus Stop Charged With Assault By Auto In South Jersey
Driver Who Struck Student At School Bus Stop Charged With Assault By Auto In South Jersey The driver of a car that struck at student crossing the street to a school bus has been charged with assault by auto in Gloucester Township, authorities said. The 15-year-old student from Camden County Technical School was seriously injured by the driver who allegedly ignored the bus' extended stop bar and warning lights, according to Gloucester Township police. The driver's name has not been released. The crash occurred at about 6:40 a.m. on Jan. 18 at Hickstown Road and Heatherwood Drive. "Several children had already crossed the road when the driver recklessly continued forward," …
Student Struck By Driver Who Ran School Bus Stop Sign, Warning Lights In South Jersey: Police Student Struck By Driver Who Ran School Bus Stop Sign, Warning Lights In South Jersey: Police
Student Struck By Driver Who Ran School Bus Stop Sign, Warning Lights In South Jersey: Police A 15-year-old girl from Gloucester Township was struck by a vehicle while crossing the road to a school bus, authorities said. The student, from Camden County Technical School, was seriously injured by the driver who allegedly ignored the bus' extended stop bar and warning lights, according to Gloucester Township police. On Thursday, Jan. 18, at about 6:30 a.m., Gloucester Township police were dispatched to the intersection of Hickstown Road and Heatherwood Drive for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle.  Police found the student who had crossed Hickstown Road to get on her school bu…
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals
More Than 60K NJ Families Now Eligible For Free School Meals A new law will make thousands of New Jersey students newly eligible for free school lunches and breakfasts. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law on Tuesday, Jan. 16, expanding the eligibility for free meals to more than 60,000 additional families.  According to the Working Class Families Anti-Hunger Act, public and non-public schools in the National School Lunch Program or federal School Breakfast Program will provide meals to students in households with an income of up to 224 percent of the federal poverty level. The bill signing comes after Gov. Murphy renewed his push for f…
NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts
NJ Schools Closed, Delayed Due To Storm Impacts Schools across New Jersey were delayed or closed Wednesday morning, Jan. 10 due to impacts from the storm that left much of the state under water. Thousands of residents were without power and several inches of rain fell overnight. The following districts were closed: Bedminster Township (Somerset) Denville (Morris) Long Beach Island (Surf City) Somerset Hills Roxbury The following district have a delayed opening: Clifton Clinton-Glen Gardner Deptford Dumont Franklin Township (Somerset) Garfield Hackensack Highland Park Jefferson Twp. Kinnelon Linden Madison Midland Park Montclair North…