Thursday, March 28, 2013
Jefferson Township Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Kraemer said award was 'humbling' and 'a great honor.'
Jefferson Township Public Schools Superintendent Joseph Kraemer has been named the Morris County Superintendent of the Year by the Morris County Council of Education Associations. Kraemer received the honor at the organization’s annual Friends of Public Education award reception on March 20. During Monday’s board of education meeting, Kraemer described the award as “humbling” and “a great honor.” Board President H. Ronald Smith said the award reaffirms the board’s decision to appoint Kraemer, who had previously served as assistant superintendent, in March 2012. “It was a wonderful evening and a great honor for Jefferson,” Smith said.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Board of education gathering will show preliminary numbers to be approved by county for next year's spending plan.
Jefferson Township Schools Superintendent Joseph Kraemer announced there will be a special meeting on March 4 to adopt the budget the 2013-14 budget. It will be held at the board office at 8 p.m. and "will be very short," according to Kraemer. "[The budget is] just about done," he said. "You develop and cut based on priorities; basically you have to be very conservative until you get steady figures. "I'd like to thank the administration for all their hard work so far in preparation for our 2013-14 budget," he added. Kraemer said there will be a public hearing "approximately three weeks to a month later. March 4 is a preliminary option, which gives you a few weeks to tweak and then you must have a public presentation, that would be toward …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Superintendent Joseph Kraemer gives his mid-year report on incidents involving harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Jefferson schools Superintendent Joseph Kraemer gave his mid-year report on harassment, intimidation and bullying at the board of education's most recent meeting, and it showed that 2013 has been more peaceful than 2012. "I did a comparison of last year and this year to date, meaning, basically, September to February to see how we're doing, and there was a decrease," Kraemer said. "What we're seeing pretty much is a decrease in activity in the elementary schools, which we're glad. We're doing a lot of extensive programs, and we're trying to educate our children on how to treat each other." "Our targeted group, really for a lot of focus, happens to be the middle school," he added. "You'll see there's about the same; we had 53 incidents …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Man said there was a lack of response from administrators after step-daughter was allegedly bullied.
Racist and sexually-oriented remarks allegedly made toward a Jefferson Township High School student prompted the girl's step-father to approach the Board of Education demanding action last week. Tom Staron told the Board of Education on Jan. 21 that several students made inappropriate comments to his step-daughter—including calling her a racially deragatory name and making sexually lewd comments—dating back to October. “I’m a firm believer that there are three sides to every story,” he said. “Both sides and the truth.” But the man's concern was not only with the comments allegedly made to his step-daughter, but in the reaction, or lack thereof, in his opinion, on the part of the school district. “According to the bullying law, that falls …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Latest two under current superintendent.
- Sue Toth
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Two Jefferson Township Board of Education members have resigned in the past six months, Judy Castiglione on Tuesday night and Bob Feldmann in late March, approximately the same amount of time that Joseph Kraemer has been superintendent of schools. Nick Anzano also resigned last August while Kathaleen Fuchs was still superintendent, citing "overwhelming work commitments." “The board members all left for entirely different reasons,” Kraemer said. “Mr. Feldmann felt frustrated because he was unable to participate in some decisions.” Those decisions involved anything related to personnel, as Feldmann’s daughter is a teacher in the district. “What I said at my resignation in March still stands,” Feldmann said. “At the time I thought that …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Promotion ceremony takes place outdoors under the warmest of weather.
Temperatures topped out near the 100-degree mark, but students from Jefferson Township Middle School didn't seem to mind, as they marched onto the high school football field, a sea of blue and gold, to mark the end of their middle school days and the beginning of their high school careers. After salutatorian Marisa Urcinole and valedictorian Kaylah Birmingham gave their speeches, school superintendent Joseph Kraemer advised the students to "try new things," and "use your time in high school to discover yourself and your passion." After each student was called to the stage, high school principal Karl Mundi addressed the group as the Class of 2016.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Busy week in J-Town!
- Sue Toth
Sunday, April 8, 2012
For those who celebrate, we wish you a very Happy Easter! And while you’re celebrating, take a few minutes to catch up on anything you may have missed on Patch this week. Power Line Update: Columnist Colleen O’Dea gave her opinion on the National Park Service’s approval of the Susquehanna-Roseland Power Line upgrade. The line will go through several towns, including parts of Jefferson Township. Appalachian Trail Hikers: We gave you two updates this week on how Shawn McCarton and Karl Weiss, the local couple currently hiking the Appalachian Trail, are doing. In Memory of Doris Roberts: The beloved Doris Roberts died last week. We found out just how much she meant to Jefferson Township, and all the volunteer work she did for the town. …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
"We make citizens, not widgets," the new superintendent of schools said, "and we can't lose site of that."
Joseph Kraemer is in the middle of his first week as superintendent of Jefferson Township schools, and he has hit the ground running. Kraemer has already appointed Dr. Mary Thornton as the new assistant superintendent of schools to replace the position he vacated upon his promotion. Thornton’s old position of director of curriculum and instruction—as well as the assistant to that position—will not be replaced, saving the about $300,000 per year in salaries and benefit costs. Kraemer, who has been with the district for six years as the assistant superintendent, said that his main goal as he takes over the school district is to repair what he termed an “unhealthy climate” in the district. “In the beginning it will be about the process of …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Here's all the news you may have missed.
Lots went on in J-Town last week. We had a new superintendent, a murder sentencing and a couple of pretty good girls’ basketball games. Don’t worry if you missed anything. We have all the details right here in our week in review. Ronnie Fedo Sentenced: on Friday, Ronnie Fedo was sentenced to 25 years for the death of Nisan Ambaroglu, the owner of the Getty Mart on Route 15. The incident happened on June 25. Kraemer Named Superintendent: Joseph Kraemer was appointed superintendent of schools on Thursday. He is currently the assistant superintendent, and will take over the position on April 1, when current superintendent Dr. Kathaleen Fuchs retires. Girls’ Basketball: The Lady Falcons won both the quarter-final game over Bergenfield and semi…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
School board appointment came on Thursday.
Joseph Kraemer, currently the assistant superintendent of Jefferson Township’s schools, was appointed to the superintendent position on Thursday night. Kraemer will assume the position on April 1, the retirement date of current superintendent Dr. Kathaleen Fuchs. “I want to thank the board for this opportunity to serve the community and students of Jefferson,” Kraemer said. “It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.” Kraemer has been with the district for six years as assistant superintendent. He was acting superintendent for six months before Fuchs came on board. Fuchs, who has been with the district for just about six years, announced her retirement in late December. Her original retirement date was July 1, but in January, she announced …