BOE President's Reports
BOE President's Report October 16, 2019
I attended the Ocean County School Board meeting on Sept. 26 with Mrs. Biscardi. The topic of this training was Developing a School Budget. The Business Administrator from Lacey Township explained the process that he and all business administrators go through in creating a school budget. Mr. Lorenzen, our Business Administrator goes through the budget development process in Manchester each year and provides updates as things change to our board.
After a year-long study on the status of mental health services in the public schools and the needs of students, their families, and staff, the NJSBA will release "Building A Foundation for Hope," a report from the Task Force on Mental Health Services in Public Schools. The report contains over 70 recommendations and provides guidance and information to boards of education, school administrators and other public school leaders, educators, families and communities. There is a critical need for local school districts, the community at-large and the state to address the issue. For example, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 50% of school-age children diagnosed with mental illnesses are not receiving mental health services. This report will be available on the NJSBA’s website after October 15.
NJSBA will be hosting Workshop 2019 Partners in Student Achievement October 21-24 in Atlantic City. Next month our board members will report on the trainings they attended and their workshop experiences.
Around the State
Latest move to reduce youth vaping in NJ comes from major health network.
With the death toll connected to e-cigarette use on the rise nationally, one of New Jersey’s largest healthcare systems has launched an initiative to reduce youth vaping. The multi-pronged effort by Hackensack Meridian Health includes grants for schools and community programs, a partnership with mental health providers, and a public health study to be conducted by its new medical school. Hackensack, which oversees 17 hospitals and hundreds of provider offices stretching from Bergen to Ocean counties, announced Thursday it is committing $1 million to its “Take Vape Away” campaign and its CEO called on other health networks to join in the battle to curb vape use among young people. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state’s largest health insurance provider, also contributed $100,000 for the local grant effort. The campaign is the latest attempt to curb e-cigarette use in the Garden State.
Last week a vape task force set up by Gov. Phil Murphy released its report which included a proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes that experts believe are most attractive to kids. Concerns about the popular devices have skyrocketed as their use has been linked to the death of nearly two dozen people nationwide.
While details were limited, Hackensack’s proposal will direct $750,000 to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University so students there can examine the health impacts of vaping and determine how best to reduce e-cigarette use. The 18-month study is designed to identify the most effective ways to prevent vaping among young people or to convince those who have started vaping to stop. Along with Horizon, Hackensack will create a $300,000 grant program to support schools or community programs in their own efforts to combat vaping. Organizations can apply for up to $7,000 each. This could include a buy-back program in which e-cigarette devices are purchased from teens, HMH said, and will begin with schools in their coverage area.
Our school district continues to provide the services and programs to promote student achievement. Your board members are committed to attending trainings so we can make the best decisions for our students and the district.
At our June board meeting we announced that Mr. Trethaway was named the Ocean County Superintendent of the Year. Since then, he has been named Regional Superintendent of the Year for Region III, South Jersey. He is now one of three superintendents that could be selected to represent the State of New Jersey as the New Jersey School Superintendent of the Year. The State Superintendent of the Year will be selected by November 1 by a committee of New Jersey Association of School Administrators past presidents and former Regional Superintendents of the Year. Congratulations Mr. Trethaway!