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…

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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…

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Former Minnesota Viking Tripp Welborne Selected as Lawrenceville School Athletic Director

Sullivan A. “Tripp” Welborne III has been selected as the new Lawrenceville School Athletic Director. Welborne, who currently serves as the Director of Athletics at the Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Fla., will begin his duties on July 1.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of the Queens University of…

Princeton School Board Approves Tentative Budget That Includes $1.7 Million Tax Levy Increase

Princeton School Board Approves Tentative Budget That Includes $1.7 Million Tax Levy Increase

The school board for the Princeton Public Schools voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a tentative budget for the 2015-16 academic year that includes a tax levy increase of $1.7 million. Under the proposed budget, the tax levy would increase from $71,629,433 to $ 73,339,567, an increase of 2.4 percent. The owner of a home…

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West Windsor-Plainsboro Public Schools District Postpones PARCC Because of Technical Glitches

The West Winsor-Plainsboro Regional School District had to cancel the controversial PARCC assessment test yesterday due to technical problems while attempting to administer the test. “These issues concerned the proctor caching of the test,” Superintendent of Schools David Aderhold said. “We have been working with New Jersey Department of Education and Pearson Services to resolve…

Princeton Day School Announces Five National Merit Scholarship Finalists and One National Achievement Scholarship Finalist

  Five Princeton Day School students have been named finalists for the 2015 National Merit Scholarship competition: Michael Kearney, Caroline Lippman, Pria Louka, Navin Rao, and Katherine Venturo-Conerly. The students were among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists named in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and have met all the requirements to advance to finalist standing…

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Former Princeton School Board Member Addresses Teacher Contract Negotiations in Open Letter

An open letter to Princeton Public Schools staff, students and parents: I am grateful for the opportunity that I have had over the last 3 years to serve our schools as a board member. It has provided me valuable insight into how hard our administrators, teachers and support staff work everyday to ensure that our…

Princeton Public Schools Cafeteria Workers Say New Food Service Company Has Cut Their Benefits

The workers who serve food to students in the Princeton Public Schools day after day say they can no longer afford to take a day off of work if their own children are sick. The new contractor that provides food service for the district, Nurti-Serve Food Service Management, has taken away the cafeteria employees’ health…