Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education also announced the parking lot of Wilson Elementary School will be replaced this summer.
The board of education renewed the district’s board administrator's contract and hired a new technology supervisor at its reorganization meeting. Kerry Keane was unanimously reappointed as board administrator on Monday by the board. Keane began in the district in July 2012. The board administrator’s contract must be renewed annually, so her new contract extends through July 2013. “I want to thank Kerry for her first year,” said board president Mary Davidson. “She’s done a great job.” Don Markese was also appointed as the district’s new supervisor of technology. Markese’s one-year contract will begin on July 1 and he will make $110,000. He is currently the director of technology at Freehold Regional High School in Englishtown. Parking …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Caldwell-West Caldwell students bring home 14 trophies and two first place overall finishes from Lancer Invitational Tournament.
Grover Cleveland Middle School’s Forensics Team walked away with 14 individual trophies and first place finishes in both declamation and interpretive reading at the Lancer Invitational Tournament held last month at Livingston High School. The competition awards students for their public speaking ability. “Practicing to compete in both declamation and interpretive reading during a single competition takes a lot of dedication and hard work,” said Claudia Douris, teacher and forensic team coach for the Caldwell-West Caldwell middle school, in a release. Douris said the students rose to the challenge, practicing for months to perfect their performances. Representing Grover Cleveland in the varsity competition were eighth graders Megan West and…
Monday, April 29, 2013
Humorous parenting authority Anthony Wolf to speak at James Caldwell High School.
A special program for parents — "Why Do Adolescents Act That Way? And What Parents Can Do to Help Their Families Survive and Thrive!" — will be presented at the James Caldwell High School Performing Arts Center in West Caldwell on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. The keynote speaker is Anthony Wolf, a child psychologist and best-selling author of six books including, I’d Listen to My Parents if They’d Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens and Get Out of My Life, But First Could You Take Me and Cheryl to the Mall? Wolf has appeared as a guest parenting expert on shows such as The View, The Today Show and CBS This Morning. A practical, humorous parenting authority for more than …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Event teaches third graders about bike safety.
Thursday, April 25
Jefferson Elementary School third graders learned about bike safety during the school's annual Bike Rodeo. Caldwell Police Officer Paul Mazzeo helped run the event, which included watching a bike safety video and navigating an obstacle course set up on the black top. Mazzeo helped the children focus on safely riding their bikes, making turns, and using their brakes. The fun day concluded with a water and ice pop break.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Here's a look at what local children did to show appreciation for our planet—upload your Earth Day photos.
- GOING GREEN
Tuesday, April 23
Topping the list is retired Superintendent Daniel Gerardi, who earns $131,575, according to New Jersey Watch Dog.
Former Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools Superintendent Daniel Gerardi and four other local retirees receive more than $100,000 in pensions every year, according to a state watchdog group. The names of 1,474 former public employees who receive more than $100,000 in annual state pensions was released by New Jersey Watch Dog. Dubbed the “100K Club,” the top five paid pensioners, earning up to $195,000 a year, are all executives, according to the website. Topping the list of Caldwell-West Caldwell $100K Club members is Gerardi, who receives a pension of $131,575 a year, according to the website. Gerardi retired in June 2012 after 27 years with the district, 18 as superintendent. The names and salaries of the other four local pensioners are…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools to close Friday before Memorial Day weekend due to unused snow days.
Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools announced a change to the school calendar Friday. Schools will be closed on Friday, May 24, creating a four-day Memorial weekend. The Board of Education passed a resolution in December stating if no snow/emergency days were used by April 19, then May 24 would be designated a school holiday. The resolution was passed after the calendar was shuffled around to accommodate a number of unexpected days off following Superstorm Sandy. "I wish all families a safe and relaxing Memorial Day Weekend," Superintendent James Heinegg said in a letter posted on the district's website.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
District overloaded with kindergarteners hopes to have better picture of 2013-14 enrollment.
Caldwell-West Caldwell school officials are hoping to know sooner than later how many new first graders will be entering the district in the fall. “Anyone who has not registered their first grader should do so as quickly as possible,” Superintendent of Schools James Heinegg said at Monday night’s Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education meeting. This year’s “exceptionally large” kindergarten class is a cause of concern for the district as it seeks to plan for the number of classrooms and maintain adequate class sizes for 2013-14 first graders, Heinegg said. The district normally sees an influx of first graders, many who attended private full-day kindergarten since the district offers half-day kindergarten. “This is something we are …
Board of Education honors Caldwell resident for her efforts for the district.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Monday night honored Marie Lanfrank, founding member and chairman of the district’s educational foundation. Lanfrank stepped down earlier this year from her position as chairman of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation after leading the organization since its inception in 2007. Over the years, Lanfrank said, the not-for-profit group of volunteers has raised more than $150,000 for the district, mostly through special events such as Taste of the Caldwells and Dancing With Our Community Stars. Board of Education President Mary Davidson personally thanked Lanfrank Monday before presenting her with a proclamation from the board. Davidson said it was Lanfrank who brought the idea of …
Monday, April 15, 2013
DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Verona will donate $200 to a local education foundation each time a resident purchases a car.
DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge has donated $1,000 each to the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation and the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence. The Verona dealership kicked off a partnership with the districts at the start of March agreeing to make a donation to the foundations each time a resident from their towns purchased a car. In March, five residents from Verona and five from Caldwell-West Caldwell purchased cars from DeCozen. The partnership continues through the end of May. "The Board of Education and the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation greatly appreciate the recent donation of $1,000 by the DeCozen auto dealership in Verona to the education foundation," Mary Davidson, President of the Caldwell-West …