Wednesday, April 17, 2013
STAR, Babe Ruth organizations donate to Jefferson High School baseball field for fencing, safety netting.
The Jefferson Township Stadium Turf for Athletics and Recreation (STAR) committee and Jefferson Township Babe Ruth organization are both donating money to improve safety at the high school baseball field, Superintendent Joseph Kraemer said. The STAR committee, which raises funds for turf fields and other local athletic facility amenities, is donating $1,000 for fencing to protect the press box behind the backstop. “If you’re in the press box, there’s no protection from foul balls,” Kraemer said. “They’re going to nail a cameraman, announcer or coach. So we wanted to get some fencing work up there.” Kraemer had announced during the March 25 meeting that the committee was donating about $800 but explained Monday that it had decided to kick …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Superintendent, board of education members describe coach as role model for players, coaches.
The Jefferson Township Board of Education congratulated Jim O’Connor on his retirement after 26 years as head coach of the Jefferson High School girls’ basketball team. Board member Frank Cuccio highlighted O’Connor’s many successes over the years, which he summed up as “quite a resume.” O’Connor ended his career at Jefferson with 490 wins to 191 losses with a 72 percent win rate. His overall head coaching record is 511-230. His teams have nabbed 10 conference titles since 1988, a Morris County Tournament championship, five Sussex County Interscholastic League championships, five state sectional titles, a state group title and three appearances in the state group final. Under his watch, 10 Lady Falcons have scored at least 1,000 points. “…
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.
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 …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Board identifies finance and its relationship with the community as challenge areas.
The Jefferson Township Board of Education is strong in the areas of operations, its relationship with the superintendent and its relationship with school staff, according to a report of the board’s self-evaluation. Robyn Meehan, a field representative for the New Jersey School Boards Association, delivered the report, which is required for the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) monitoring and evaluation system for public school districts statewide, during the board’s Monday meeting. Meehan gave kudos to the board for its relationship with both school staff and Superintendent Joseph Kraemer. She noted that although Kraemer has only served in the role for a year, he has been with the district for eight years. “…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Melissa Senatore, Michael Stewart and Jill Van Ness each sworn in for third terms.
Melissa Senatore, Michael Stewart and Jill Van Ness each took the oath of office to begin their third terms on the Board of Education at Thursday's reorganization meeting. Edward Quigley was a write-in candidate in November's election, and he will serve a one-year term. Senatore received the most votes with 4,966, Van Ness was second with 4,839 and Stewart was third with 4,699. Quigley beat Danielle Rowan on the write-in ballot, 126 votes to 10. H. Ronald Smith and Matthew Millar were each re-appointed as council president and vice president, respectively. "Thank you all for the vote of confidence," Smith said. "I just want to comment that...everybody has worked well together and I want to thank you all for the effort that you put in. I …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Students will have half days on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day.
The two added days in the district's schedule from the lost school days from Superstorm Sandy will be delayed openings, school officials said at the BOE meeting Monday night. Students will have shortened days on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President Day. The third day that students will go to school for make-up on Friday, April 5, will be a full instructional day. Board member Cynthia Scott said that the two days were decided to be delayed openings instead of early dismissals because of the mandated training teachers need to participate in the morning. She also said an early dismissal would have given students a 2-hour time gap before afterschool activities. All kindergarten classes will have normal schedules. The delayed openings …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Both races uncontested, candidates each receive about 33 percent of votes.
Republicans Richard Yocum, Robert Birmingham and Jay Dunham will keep their seats on the Jefferson Township Council after running unopposed at Tuesday's Election, preliminary results showed. The three candidates each received about 33 percent of votes, with Yocum, the council president, with a slight lead at 5,271 votes. Dunham received 5,245 votes, and Birmingham received 5,234, according to unofficial results posted by the Morris County Clerk. The Jefferson Board of Education was also uncontested this year. Incumbents Melissa Senatore, Michael Stewart, and Jill VanNess will keep their seats for another term. Members also received a close number of votes, with Senatore coming in first with 4,631 votes. VanNess received 4,514, and Stewart …