Pinelands Regional 7th Grade to Attend Frog Pond School

Sep 05, 2018

The ongoing work at Pinelands Regional High School has necessitated a number of moves to find room for high school students at the junior high across the road. Ten additional modular classrooms have been put in place, but an additional 285 seventh-grade students will attend the Frog Pond Elementary School for one year.

Superintendent Melissa McCooley said the relocation to the Frog Pond School was to avoid going to split sessions again this year.

When the grade levels at the two elementary schools, the George J. Mitchell and the Frog Pond School, were redistributed, going from separate K-6 schools to K-3 at GJM and 4-6 at Frog Pond, there was enough room for the additional seventh grade classes, said McCooley.

McCooley begins her school year as a “shared” superintendent for both Little Egg Harbor and Pinelands Regional.

“Teachers were first asked to volunteer for the move to the elementary and many did pleasantly, but then we did have to reassign some as well. It’s just for this year.”

Pinelands Regional and Little Egg Harbor teachers are both working without a contract as of July. McCooley said the boards have settled with the administrators and expect to settle with support staff very soon. “Negotiations with Pinelands Regional teachers are going well, but there are some sticking points with Little Egg.”

McCooley said in the future the George Mitchell School may have to change to a K-2 school and Frog Pond pick up the third grade because of increasing enrollment in the lower grades. “Enrollment is going up every day, and that’s a good thing,” she said.  —P.J.

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