Students Thank Stafford Schools BOE for Being Kind and Generous

Jan 25, 2017

The Oxycocus School’s Stafford Room didn’t have a normal feel to it on Thursday, Jan. 19. Instead, it had an artsy element to it – one only a bunch of youngsters can create – as the wall behind the Stafford Township School District Board of Education members was decorated with posters and enlarged cards offered messages of thanks on the evening dubbed “Board of Education Recognition Night.”

“Thank you for always supporting our school and providing us with the best equipment,” read the poster signed by Miss Harth’s class.

“Thank you for allowing us to go on our two special trips at the Ship Bottom Firehouse (Breakfast with Santa and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny),” read another poster, signed by Mrs. Higgins’ preschool class.

“Thank you for the bouncy ball, STEAM room and the new windows,” read another poster, signed by Andrew, Francesca, Marcos, Carmen and others.

The artistic sampling was just a small part of the thanks the board members received at their regular meeting, which was largely uneventful from a business standpoint.

Additionally, dozens of young students were on hand to deliver daisies to the board, while the sound of Natalie Merchant’s hit song “Kind and Generous” blared through a pair of speakers and a slideshow provided images of students in action, utilizing various educational tools, opportunities and equipment approved during past board meetings – anything from STEAM labs and Chromebooks to new buses and flexible learning spaces.

“The board of education plays such an important role in our students’ lives,” said Superintendent George Chidiac prior to the slide show. “They oversee the school district and provide educational services to our children. They set the policies for our schools and make important decisions affecting our curriculum, finances and staff. The school board members devote countless hours, with no compensation, to the oversight and advancement of our children’s education. So, I’d like to thank each of our board members for their hard work and dedication.”

But the school board wasn’t the only group recognized for its outstanding service to the district. A whole group of students and staff members was lauded for its efforts in making the 2016 Holiday Shop a success in helping families in need.

“Over the holidays, some of our students created many items for our Holiday Shop,” said Supervisor of Special Services Hope Sherlin. “The money that was collected from the sale of these items were donated to families in Stafford Township, and this was just one of the many amazing things going on in our schools in December.”

The students recognized for their role in the Holiday Shop were Jesus Baez, Joseph Caputi, Brooke Davis, Caden Deligatti, Donnie Eisenberg, Bobby Gray, Brady Greenblatt, Irene Gutierrez, Emma Johnson, Angelina Macolino, Garett Morris, Mia Pirie, Jessica Samaritano and Jaden Sofield.

The staff members honored were Theresa Delendra, Jenelle Kreybig, Judith Borgwardt, Brenda Butler, Diane Corrigan, Linda Fishman, Robin Racz, Frances Pharo, Michelle Houser, Moira Hamilton, Gina Schwartz and Anne Reeves-Smith.

Regarding business items on the board’s agenda, Tammy Nicolini was appointed personnel committee chairperson – an appointment first tabled during the reorganization meeting of Jan. 5, as board President Michael Hemenway sought to review possible options for the appointment before making a recommendation to the board.

The board also approved the use of several entities for speech services, including Kaleidoscope Education Solutions of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Southern Ocean Rehabilitation Services of Barnegat.

It also doled out the first of its service agreements as part of the recently approved referendum project – an amendment of a current contract to Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie, P.C., of Trenton, now to include a door replacement at McKinley Avenue Elementary School and media center ceiling replacement at Stafford Intermediate School at a cost not to exceed $93,250, plus reimbursement for reproduction costs for plans and specifications for regulatory review and bidding.

— David Biggy

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