Council to Hold Closed Session on Lawsuit Challenging Princeton University’s Tax Exemption

Council to Hold Closed Session on Lawsuit Challenging Princeton University’s Tax Exemption

The Princeton Council will hold a closed session at 4 p.m. today, July 6, to discuss the lawsuit challenging Princeton University’s tax exempt status. The meeting will be held in Room A of the municipal building at 400 Witherspoon Street. The council will allot time for public comment before moving to go into closed session….

Princeton School Board Approves New Pact with Teachers’ Union

Princeton School Board Approves New Pact with Teachers’ Union

The school board for the Princeton Public Schools unanimously voted tonight to approve a new four-year contract with teachers. The teachers’ union ratified the agreement last week. The contract is retroactive to July 1 of last year. The contract expires on June 30 of 2018. Teachers will receive the following salary increases as part of…

NJ Tax Court Judge Rules That Morristown Hospital Must Pay Property Taxes

NJ Tax Court Judge Rules That Morristown Hospital Must Pay Property Taxes

A New Jersey Tax Court judge has ruled that a nonprofit hospital in Morristown must pay property taxes on almost all of its 40-acre property. The decision could change the landscape for nonprofit hospitals and other nonprofits in New Jersey like Princeton University. Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco ruled Friday that the Morristown Medical Center…

Princeton Teachers, School Board, Reach Agreement on a New Contract

Princeton Teachers, School Board, Reach Agreement on a New Contract

The Princeton Public Schools teachers’ union and the school board  announced this afternoon that an agreement has been reached for a new teachers’ contract. Princeton Public Schools Board of Education President Andrea Spalla and Joanne Ryan, president of the Princeton Regional Education Association, issued a join statement announcing the agreement. “We are pleased to inform…

Institute for Advanced Study Will Limit Work at Housing Site Until Court Rules in July
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Institute for Advanced Study Will Limit Work at Housing Site Until Court Rules in July

The Institute for Advanced Study was expected to announce the beginning of construction for its new 15-unit housing development on seven acres of land adjacent to the Princeton Battlefield State Park at a press conference this afternoon, but the meeting was abruptly cancelled just after 1 p.m. A spokesperson for the Institute told journalists the…

Contract Negotiations `Teach-In’ With Princeton Teachers’ Union Leaders Cancelled

Contract Negotiations `Teach-In’ With Princeton Teachers’ Union Leaders Cancelled

The group Save Princeton Public Schools has cancelled the event “Teach in with the PREA that was scheduled for Monday night at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Friday morning, organizers announced that the forum has been cancelled due to the sensitive state of current negotiations between PREA and the Board of Education. After a 12-hour negotiating…

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A Sweet Dance: Candyland Theme at 8th Grade Celebration at John Witherspoon School

The night was full of sweet surprises for eighth graders at John Witherspoon Middle School last Friday, June 5. The theme for the eighth grade promotion dance was “Candyland.” The celebration included a disc jockey, games, karaoke, a photo booth, a candy bar, and candy-inspired decorations. Photos courtesy of Wendy Evered.      

By the Numbers: Princeton Public Schools Teacher Salaries
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By the Numbers: Princeton Public Schools Teacher Salaries

This is the first post for a new Planet Princeton feature called “By the Numbers” that takes a look at data about the town of Princeton and the school district. The data about teacher salaries is also the first post in a series about salaries in the Princeton Public Schools. We will be posting information…

Princeton High Is Latest School to Receive Bogus Threat
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Princeton High Is Latest School to Receive Bogus Threat

A suspicious call was received at Princeton High School at 9:37 a.m. this morning, May 21. The school received a generalized threat over the phone that was similar in nature to the recent threats received at schools and businesses in Princeton, police said. The Princeton Police Department is coordinating efforts with the school district to…

Princeton School Board Unanimously Approves Contracts for Support Staff and Administrators
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Princeton School Board Unanimously Approves Contracts for Support Staff and Administrators

The school board for the Princeton Public Schools unanimously voted Wednesday night to approve three-year contracts with two unions – the union representing support staff and the union representing administrators. Both of the unions’ current contracts expire on June 30. The two unions represent about 236 of the district’s total 606 unionized employees. “This is…

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John Witherspoon Middle School Latest Princeton School to Receive Bogus Threat

On Tuesday morning around 9:45 a.m., the John Witherspoon Middle School received a fake threat via a pre-recorded message from a woman claiming to have a weapon and threatening to harm children. The message was the same pre-recorded message received at Riverside Elementary School two weeks ago. “As with the past incident, the police were…

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American Boychoir School Raises Enough Money to Close Budget Gap for This Academic Year

With less than a week left in the school’s shortened year, the American Boychoir School has exceeded its goal of raising $350,000 to keep the school open until the end of the school year. School supporters were informed via an email this morning that the school has raised $359,096. About $90,075 of the amount is…

Princeton High Senior Victoria Gebert Is Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Princeton High School senior Victoria Gebert  is the recipient of a 2015 United States Presidential Scholars Award, according to an announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Education. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Obama, selects top-performing high school seniors for the award based on such factors as academic success,…

Negotiations Fall Apart: State Fact Finder Likely to Be Called In to Settle Princeton Teachers Contract
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Negotiations Fall Apart: State Fact Finder Likely to Be Called In to Settle Princeton Teachers Contract

Following a break down in negotiations, representatives for the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education and the teachers’ union, the Princeton Regional Education Association, most likely will meet with a state fact-finder to try to work out the terms of a new contract. Representatives from the board and the union met for more than five…

Wealth Inequality Grows among U.S. Colleges and Universities as Top Schools Get a Lot Richer

Wealth Inequality Grows among U.S. Colleges and Universities as Top Schools Get a Lot Richer

The 10 wealthiest colleges and universities hold nearly a third of all the cash and investments of 503 public and private schools in the United States, and Princeton University is among the top dogs. Princeton University ranks fourth among private universities, and sixth overall, according to new report by Moody’s Investor Service that is based…

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Princeton Teachers Union and School Board Representatives Set to Meet Again on May 4th

The Princeton School Board and the teachers union met again on Wednesday, April 15,  but still have not reached an agreement on a new contract. “The parties met again face-to-face for the third time in several weeks without the mediator on Wednesday April 15. The parties remain in mediation as a legal matter, so the…

No New Teachers Contract After Thursday Meeting Between Teachers Union and Princeton School Board
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No New Teachers Contract After Thursday Meeting Between Teachers Union and Princeton School Board

The Princeton School Board and the teachers union met Thursday night, March 26, but did not come to an agreement on a new contract. School board representatives and union negotiators are scheduled to meet with a mediator for the fifth time on April 9. The two sides are not commenting publicly about negotiations, based on…

Proposed NJ Assembly Bills Would Give Parents Choice to Opt Out of PARCC, Study Effectiveness of Test
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Proposed NJ Assembly Bills Would Give Parents Choice to Opt Out of PARCC, Study Effectiveness of Test

A New Jersey Assembly panel has  released a two-bill legislative package to tackle the growing concern over the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment being administered to New Jersey students in grades 3 to 11. The first bill would allow a parent or guardian to exclude a student from taking…