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Innocent Bystander April 8, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Enough nit-picking, and gather the wagons! We must make it clear if this project goes thru, allRead More current BOE members will get voted out as soon as we can, BUT that means providing viable taxpayer-friendly opposing candidates, a rarity here lately. If they have no challengers, we may deserve what we're dealt.
Gottardo DiGiacopo April 9, 2014 at 08:45 am
IB, decorum (like manners) has its worthy place. you can't come in with guns-a-blazin and then pullRead More an offensive post. Now gather those wagons IB. quickly. time's short. you need names and phone numbers and a meeting, stuff like that :O)
Evelyn Slockbower April 9, 2014 at 09:10 pm
It is amazing how every time I try to post the real figures, my posts are deleted. Here it isRead More again: Thunderbird Pride is correct in that over $6 million of surplus in the Capital Reserve Account was accumulated in the last 3 years. The balance as of June 2010 was $1,775,068.65. On June 29th, 2011 $2,200,000 was transferred into the Capital reserve account from excess revenue from the 2010-11 school year. There was also investment interest in the amount of $6496.50 deposited in June 2011 to create a balance in the Capital Reserve Account as of June 2011 of $3,981,565.15 (which you can verify as the audited balance on the 2012-13 Budget on the NJ Dept of Ed website). On June 27th 2012 $2,000,000 was transferred into the Capital reserve account from excess revenue from the 2011-12 school year, there was also a deposit of $400,000 from the approved budget with investment interest of $3,407.91 and a transfer to Capital projects decreasing the balance by $300,000 for a balance in June 2012 of $6,084,973.06 (which you can verify by looking at the District Website's 2013-2014 User Friendly Budget. For 2013 there was a deposit of $750,000 from the approved budget in March, on June 26th 2013 $1,500,000 was transferred into the Capital reserve account from excess revenue from the 2012-13 school year and investment interest of $4,933.13 for a balance in the Capital Reserve account on June 30th 2013 of $8,339,906.19 according to Ed Deptula (this is the amount that should be the Audited Balance on the 2014-2015 Budget that they will be voting on in May).
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
factchecker April 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Charter schools and vouchers pull some students out of the system and leave others behind. TheyRead More don't usually take special needs students and won't take behavior issues. Therefore, the stats that say they are successful are because they only take students with involved parents, good grades, good behavior, and normal intelligence. Anyone can look good with those kids. What about the ones left behind? The ones w/o parents advocating for them, the ones who struggle, who have learning disabilities, etc.? What happens to them? My guess is you don't care. I do.
Meredith Mascitello April 17, 2014 at 09:48 am
But why hold back the good students in failing schools? More districts are focusing on the lowerRead More spectrum students and not providing anything for the higher end. What's wrong with having charter schools as an option for them? Then there's more time for the teachers to focus on those with special needs who aren't excelling. Sounds like a win-win. If you care about all children, why oppose?
factchecker April 17, 2014 at 07:08 pm
Because the others will languish in underfunded schools that most people won't care about. I wouldRead More much rather see reform in the public schools so that all children can thrive. Not trying to shortchange good students.
Regenbogen April 12, 2014 at 04:21 pm
Mr. Goldman Who cares about the video? If something was taken out it was edited for a reason. ThatRead More should not be the topic here. Money being foolishly spent is what I see should be addressed. Overcrowded eating areas, programs being cut, playgrounds that are unsafe. I could go on and on. This sports complex is totally not needed and our children are the ones that will suffer in the long run. Oh, unless they are an athlete!
Regenbogen April 12, 2014 at 11:29 pm
Oh, I'm sure it's a done deal. This board thrives on power and greed! Basically, they can doRead More whatever they want whether it benefits all the children or just a chosen few. Please explain to me how this sports complex will benefit children that are interested in the arts, music or not football players or athletes!
Andy Schmidt April 13, 2014 at 10:26 am
>> there is massive support in the sports community in Mahwah << David, I don't doubtRead More this - as this is how this project came to life. Ultimately, the question is how the TOWN feels about how their taxes are being directed for a different purpose than originally budgeted/promised. If the townspeople feel that this is a good project, I will respect the majority. If the board fails to get a mandate for their re-purposing of the education money, then it should respect THAT. I honestly don't know what the silent minority thinks - I only know that there are vocal supports of each side, as is often the case in any those matters.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:45 am
This one just pisses me off, no Social-get one or get out-. Good for the district. If you are aRead More legal and you pay tax, have a DL ect., then this should be an easy one. F-in liberal BS, lets not hurt anyones feelings.
John Santaella April 10, 2014 at 08:45 pm
Baaaaaa. Baaaaaa.
makemyday April 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm
As a citizen, I have to prove who I am, prove where I live, where I was born in order to get aRead More drivers license. Years ago, I had to prove my kids had their shots, show their SS# and birth certificate to register for school. So why don't foreigners have to prove they are here legally before they reap the benefits of our country? Just asking?
High school graduation. (Patch file photo)
Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Kristin DiStefano February 28, 2014 at 06:29 am
Tom, I have no problem with cameras. And I believe in school choice. And as I said earlier, I don'tRead More have tenure as a private school teacher. Many of our ideas are not so different...
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Janet Donohue. Credit: Jessica Mazzola.
Leaking Ink February 20, 2014 at 06:54 am
Best Wishes! Thank you for a job well done. Enjoy every minute of your retirement!
Kathleen Brewster February 20, 2014 at 08:52 am
Janet, I have known you for many years and I wish you the BEST of Luck. Mahwah will be a very sadRead More town without you and your smile!
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
hsr February 12, 2014 at 06:27 pm
No one can always predict the weather. Even the professionals are always changing. Give them aRead More break. I have children and think they've been pretty good.
Andy Schmidt February 24, 2014 at 10:03 am
It's unfair to those 3/4 of kids who DO show up in the class room during the former Spring Break.Read More Teachers can't really teach anything with so many kids away - so it borders on occupational therapy. So STOP putting ANY Spring Break on the school calendars. This way, there won't be the problem with vacation trips having been booked. THEN, each year in March, have the BoE sit down and decide which/how many days in April the schools will be closed for un-used snow days.
Nick February 24, 2014 at 01:14 pm
It's not unfair to anyone. We're talking about two days. The teachers should teach as they normallyRead More would. The kids who are going on vacation need to plan ahead and get the work in advance or catch up when they get back. There's no more work than if a kid missed a few days with the flu.
dave dovermann February 7, 2014 at 09:36 pm
These Mahwah students don't need a 4 Million dollar Rec building to succeed, check outRead More http://cliffviewpilot.com/no-objection-mahwah-high-school-students-are-bergen-mock-trial-champs-again/
Mona Lot February 8, 2014 at 05:47 am
Andrew,you are as bad as our pompous ,arrogant and self serving school board,let the taxpayers ofRead More Mahwah vote on the Rec(wreck)/indoor athletic facility and see if the majority rules,who taxes do you think will be used to maintain this building?. Are you that naive,heat,electric,air conditioning and general up keep of this building is not free,let there be a vote by the taxpayers!!!!
Regenbogen February 8, 2014 at 11:10 am
Andy.. Pompous as usual!!
Hank February 3, 2014 at 05:58 pm
driving was brutal on the side roads today. Not just Mahwah either.
Andy Schmidt February 4, 2014 at 07:12 am
Fine - but what's the point of the delayed openings - like today? Snow had stopped by the time theyRead More called, streets were clear, and they still had the night to catch up with areas. How will the extra HOUR make any difference other than ruining another school day!? When there's a big storm arriving (like Sunday night) they wait until the last minute to cancel school) - but when there's nothing on the horizon - they decide the night before that they can't open the schools on time? The weather decisions this year can only be called erratic...
Thunderbird Pride February 4, 2014 at 10:29 am
Having had to drive across town this morning I can see why there was a delayed opening. Many roadsRead More were still covered in ice and snow as the salt had not had a chance to work its magic. It was really bad over in Fardale as I headed through toward Allendale. I know that I would have had concerns with buses rolling out on certain roads at 8am today. I just came back across town and I can tell you that the roads are in much better shape than they were a couple hours ago. Some side roads are still sloppy but the main roads all seem to be safe for buses and cars.
Regenbogen January 21, 2014 at 11:37 am
Just saying....Be safe
Nick January 21, 2014 at 08:42 pm
No school tomorrow (Jan. 22). Most others in the area have a delayed opening.
Andy Schmidt January 21, 2014 at 09:31 pm
I'll never get why it's safe for kids to enjoy a sunny day tomorrow and frolic in the snow or runRead More errands with parents - but the classroom would be unsafe?
Alex C February 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm
I don't want NJ to be a full on right to work. I am actually against full on right to work as I seeRead More it as meddling in private business, which I am just as opposed too as I am public sector unions. I believe it should be right to work for the public sector. That's it. Also, I am educated enough in economics and history to know that unions alone did not lead to better working conditions in the U.S., and that if you eliminated all unions tomorrow, we would not return to the dangerous factories, and long hours, because we are at a point culturally that would never allow that. The unions have by and large outlived their usefulness. But again, whatever a private company wants to do is literally their business. My only issue is with public sector unions.
Phil Brooks February 18, 2014 at 01:32 pm
Alex, No, we won't return to the days of Triangle Shirtwaist as there are myriad OHSA rules to takeRead More care of that. But, eliminate collective bargaining and other agreed upon contractual terms and we will definitely take a step back. Sorry, but I feel big business alone won't take care of their employees, as it's profits first. They need a checks and balances system that unions provide. // Public sector unions? I see your point but, as there are so many people doing the same jobs (are you going to negotiate with every teacher, policeman, fireman and DPW worker individually?), collective bargaining is probably the way to go. But there should be provisions in place as to where every dollar of dues goes and you can check off where (or not) you want your dues money to go. How does that sound?
Liberty February 19, 2014 at 09:44 am