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Grants and a Possible Referendum, Student Achievement Among February BOE Highlights

Moorestown Board of Education Member Brandon Pugh provides the latest news on what's going on within the district and on the board.

Moorestown Board of Education Member Brandon Pugh provides the latest news on what's going on within the district and on the board.
Moorestown Board of Education Member Brandon Pugh provides the latest news on what's going on within the district and on the board.
Written by Moorestown Board of Education Member Brandon Pugh 

Since the Education Monthly Column in December, a lot has occurred within Moorestown Schools and on the Moorestown Board of Education.

There is a new superintendent and a new board member, the Board of Education has continued to work on the 2014-15 budget, and there have been many outstanding student achievements, as well as many other board actions.

The Board had the privilege of recognizing an outstanding Moorestown High School sophomore, Kiana Malta, at its February meeting. Kiana was recognized for her actions after witnessing a pedestrian being struck by a car. She immediately checked to see if the lady was injured, and showed her “kindness and gentleness” by staying with the lady until her family arrived. 

The Board Operations and Facilities Committee reported that the district received approval for many of the requests it had made through the New Jersey Department of Education’s Regular Operation District Grant Program (ROD). This grant entails the state assisting with a portion of capital projects that the district plans to enact in the future. This includies roofing and security projects, and President Mishler expressed that a Bond Referendum would be likely connected to these grants.

The Board took action to approve Nutri-Serve Food Management Inc., our current provider, for food service management services for the 2014-2015 school year. There was some concern among board members as to whether the food is satisfactory to students and staff. To address these concerns it was recommended that a student advisory council be formed to voice their concerns and recommendations. 

There have been questions as to which days will be used as make up for the snow days experienced so far. An updated school calendar has been posted at www.mtps.com reflecting how Spring Break and Memorial Day Weekend have been affected.

Be sure to attend the Moorestown High School Theatre performance of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The play will take place on Feb. 27 and 28, and March 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets visit moorestownhstheater.weebly.com. 

Also, Home and School’s monthly fundraiser will take place on March 12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, where a portion of your purchases will be donated.

The board is currently in the budget process. An overview of the budget has been presented at the last two board meetings, and more details will be available as we move forward. 

On March 4, there will be a special Board meeting at 7 p.m. at the William Allen Middle School. Public comment is welcomed and encouraged throughout this process, because difficult decisions will have to be made.

The next regular monthly board of education meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 pm in the William Allen Middle School media center. In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to the Board as a whole, or myself if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. 

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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.


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