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Budget Approval, New Contract for Superintendent Top School News for May

Board Member Brandon Pugh also discusses next year's school calendar in his monthly column.

The month of May was extremely busy for Moorestown Township Public Schools and for the Board of Education, which approved a superintendent contact and adopted the 2014-15 budget. There was also incredible student and staff achievement and a school calendar change, among other updates.

At the May monthly meeting, the Board of Education and the Superintendent had the pleasure of recognizing students for accomplishments in a variety of areas, including art, music, English, science, theater, foreign language, athletics, and other extracurricular activities.

Students from almost every district were recognized. The Combustible Lemons, the high school robotics team, offered a demonstration prior to the meeting. Along with the student recognition, 16 staff members were recognized for their many years of service to the district, as they are retiring at the end of the school year. 

On April 29, the Board adopted the 2014-15 budget in a 7-2 vote. The budget uses a portion of bank cap. The budget can be accessed here.

On May 6 at a special board meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved a three-year contract that takes effect July 1, 2014. The contract promoted Tim Rehm to the status of permanent Superintendent of Schools from temporary superintendent, a position he had been serving in since February. He brings significant experience to the district.

During the month of June there are several dates to be aware of. 

On June 7, the township will host Moorestown Day, where MoorArts will have displays and activities. MTPS will also have a booth to provide information on the district’s alumni group and sponsorships.

The deadline to sign up for the district’s Summer Enrichment Camp in July is June 13. The camp offers classes on a variety of topics to students from art to history. More information and registration is available at www.mtps.com

Moorestown High School Graduation is June 19. The graduation ceremony is followed by Project Graduation for graduating seniors.

At the May meeting, the Board approved the meeting schedule for the 2014-15 school year, and approved a change to the end of the school year, which is available here.

I had the opportunity to participate in two very exciting programs during April and May that I would like to share briefly. 

First, I participated in the United State Marines Corps Educators Workshop in April, where teachers, administrators, and board members had the opportunity to experience Marine Corps Boot Camp first hand to become more knowledgeable about the military.

I also had the opportunity to participate in the Teacher For A Day program in May, where I taught first grade at Roberts Elementary School with Bridget Potts. I experienced teaching firsthand, and I would be delighted to share more information to others who may be interested.

The next regular board of education meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm, in the William Allen Middle School media center.

In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to either the board as a whole, or myself, if you have any questions or need anything. I hope to see or meet you at a future Board of Education meeting. 

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The views and content in this column do not necessarily represent those of the Moorestown Board of Education as a whole or any other individual member. 

About this column: In this column, Moorestown Board of Education Member Brandon Pugh provides monthly updates on what's going on in the school district and on the BOE.

Moore's Tavern May 30, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Mr. Pugh, will you share with the public why you voted no on the budget? Can you tell us when the Board of Ed will meet as promised regarding the healthcare crisis that already puts the 2015/2016 budget millions in the hole? How does higher healthcare spending improve classroom education which is what we all really want?
Townie May 31, 2014 at 07:42 AM
The March 9 Education Monthly stated the following: "Overall, the challenge is a $4 million dollar deficit". How was that gap filled? I see $200k in participation fees, but other adjustments are hidden in the larger numbers.
Tom May 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM
If anyone expects leadership from this group, you are sadly mistaken. They made a promise to deal with the healthcare problem and have done nothing but waive the white flag.

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