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BOE President's Report September 2019
I would like to welcome everyone Back to School for our 2019-2020 school year. This is a wonderful time of the year. I encourage parents to attend their students’ Back to School Night. This is the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and learn what they will be doing in the classroom and what is expected from them. Check the school website for dates and times.
I have spoken in the past about the increase of vaping among teens, which continues to increase. Districts need to create policies and educate parents and students about the risks of vaping. Manchester has addressed this concern and updated our policy prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes.
Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday announced the creation of a task force to study the health issues raised by e-cigarettes and make recommendations about what the state should do to regulate them.
The group, called the Electronic Smoking Device Task Force, is to report back to the governor and the state Legislature within 21 days, Murphy said during a press conference where he was joined by lawmakers and members of his cabinet. The report will also be released to the public.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said his administration was considering a national ban on non-tobacco-flavored vaping products that contain nicotine. Federal authorities had already been working on regulations that would require manufacturers to submit their products for testing and analysis by the government.
Last week, Michigan became the first state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are devices that deliver an aerosol to the user by heating a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver marijuana or other substances, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
The proposals come as national health authorities have reported unexplained and severe respiratory ailments that have afflicted otherwise healthy young people who are known to use e-cigarettes. As of Sept. 6, six had died and 450 possible cases had been reported in 33 states, including New Jersey, according to the CDC.
I will be attending a County Association Leadership meeting Saturday 9/21 in Trenton.
They will have two guest speakers, Liz Warner and Patricia Heindel from the College of St. Elizabeth, who have collaborated with Dr. Maurice Elias on the School Culture and Climate Initiative. It is an important topic that is tied to social-emotional learning, school security, and equity.
The Ocean County School Board association meeting will be on 9/26 at Cuisine on the Green in Egg Harbor. At this meeting, we will discuss the current trends in benefits administration and labor relations that may influence your budget discussions. Lacey Township Business Administrator, Patrick DeGeorge, will break down three critical steps in creating a budget. The areas of focus will be understanding the budget basics, budget creation and budget management.
Alex George, Director of Student and Administrative Services, made a presentation about the district's HIB Self Assessment for 2018-19 at the September Board of Education meeting.
The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) has selected David Trethaway, Superintendent of the Manchester Township School District, as the 2019 Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region III, South Jersey.
As both students and teachers experience ever-increasing stress in our fast-paced world, schools are turning to a new focus on social and emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness. These programs help students focus on learning, manage their emotions, and become responsible citizens. Manchester Township Public Schools are implementing a number of SEL initiatives at all levels.
Meletios (Mel) Lendis was honored at the September 18, 2019 Manchester Board of Education meeting for achieving the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Manchester Township School District's 2019 Teachers and Educational Support Professionals (ESP's) of the Year were honored at the May 8, 2019 Board of Education meeting. The honorees are nominated by staff and parents and selected by committee of their peers.