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Long Branch BOE Discusses School Budget, PARRC, Catrambone School

LONG BRANCH: Students and staff of the George L. Catrambone School which opened last September in Elberon next to the athletic field on Park Avenue were on hand at the March 25 Long Branch Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Student Council President Jessica Rojas, who had visited the Catrambone School, reported to the BOE attendees how things look. Her report was positive as she recounted her observations.

The board also reported that a new parking lot will soon be added to the rear of the school to make it easier for parents to drop off their children, especially during severe weather events.

To celebrate their new facility, Catrambone School students performed "Science and Salsa" which focused on science, technology, language, and math. The lively show was exciting and delighted the BOE meeting at the Middle School auditorium that included Catrambone School Principal Christopher Volpe, parents, teachers, and staff.

"It was a historic event, a first for the Catrambone School and Long Branch" said school Long Branch School District Business Administrator Peter Genovese.

Board President Jim Parnell called the monthly meeting to order as Superintendent Michael Salvatore and the BOE members convened.

Catrambone School students Dajanay Ortiz and Patrick Cowan opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and were introduced by Assistant Superintendent Alvin Freeman. Dajanay is an avid reader and Patrick is an excellent student as well with aspiration to become a major league baseball player. Both have begun planning for college later in their education wishes.

Board Member James Parnell recognized Middle School Teacher of the Month Benita Holt, and high school instructional assistant and physical education teacher Timothy Farrell as Support Staff of the Month. Each received an award for their excellence.

New teachers and staff members were sworn in by Genovese; teachers Brian Rooney, Kathleen Scott and Danielle Spinelli, and Humanities/Science supervisor Neil Mastroianni.

A School District Volunteers award was made to Mirveta Feratovic, Geraldine Welsh, Renee White, Nancy Martins, Mary Elizabeth Woodruff, Alejandra Cowan, Laura Tracey, Miguel Espinosa and Griselda Espinosa, with a most appreciative "Thank You" from Salvatore.

The school budget is still a "work in progress' with some state financial aid being withdrawn and the budget team looking into the impact in other areas.

In other business, the district PARRC assessment evaluation has come back with few irregularities, reported BOE member Don Coven. Also, Member Avery Grant reported the buildings have been reviewed for security and the facility and practices are in good form, with security staff employee Mr. Walter O'Neill working as a member of the Homeland Security, NJ State Police and Education Department and will complement the district's performance.

The old high school building is in line to start construction in June. The plan is to use it for special education students.


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