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New Providence School District Receives $68,000 Grant; Board Honors Opperthauser

Mike Neavill

Friday, January 25, 2013 • 6:22pm

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Officials from the New Providence Education Foundation presented school officials with a $67,872 grant check at Thursday, Jan. 24's board meeting.

Foundation President Hugo Barth and Treasurer Richard Boyd said the grant was made possible through the combined efforts of the partnership between the public school community and the community at large to enhance the educational experience of students.

The BOE also recognized the contributions of former board member Nancy Opperthauser who served for 13 years.

“She has been a terrific public servant committed to excellence in education,” Board President John Wolak said.

Opperthauser was first elected to the Board in 1999 and decided to not seek re-election last year. During her tenure, she served on virtually every committee including facilities, finance, community relations, curriculum and personnel.  She also served as board vice president.

The board unanimously passed a resolution recognizing her contributions and for her “loyal and untiring dedication to the community.”

Schools Superintendent Dr. David Miceli presented a report on violence, vandalism, substance abuse and HIB for the last four months of 2012.

During that period there were 19 completed investigations of HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) with two confirmed incidents. There were also two incidents of violence.

Students, the superintendent said, were disciplined with administrative detention, out-of-school suspension and mandatory parental-student counseling.

Board member Adam Smith said that preparations for the 2013-14 school budget were well underway.

“We’re in good shape,” he said, adding that the budget should be under cap but expressed some concern that borough officials said that property tax ratables may be down. Smith added that the district should receive more definitive information in February.

Smith said the budget is due to the county for preliminary approval by March 7 with a public hearing scheduled later in the month.

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