Preliminary Enrollment Projections Show Millburn Schools with 106 Fewer Students
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 • 6:27am
MILLBURN, NJ—A 2.12 percent decrease in enrollment—from 5005 students at the end of the last school year to 4899 students a little more than a week before the September 3 start of the 2013-2014 term—was projected in enrollment data presented on Monday to the Millburn Board of Education by Superintendent of Schools James Crisfield.
Elementary school figures show the largest decrease in the second grade—from 395 to 329; the second largest in kindergarten—from 367 to 312, and the third largest decrease—from 396 to 353-- in the fifth grade. The largest increase was projected in the first grade—from 326 to 371 students.
While current projections showed middle school enrollment stable at 1121 students, the high school projections show an increase of 16 students—from 1516 to 1532.
Crisfield emphasized, however, that the figures presented on Monday were very preliminary and there have been a number of registrations since the August 15 compilation date for those figures. He added that school officials expect the 100-plus drop in enrollment to disappear with those moving into the township increasing the number of student registrations in all grades.
He noted that the official enrollment figures used to make budget projects will not be final until October 15.
Board president Jeffrey Waters agreed with the superintendent's assessment, although he did say the current projections would produce less enrollment pressures on the district.
In another item at Monday's session the school body approved 2013-2014 district goals including:
Implementation of the second year of the new teacher evaluation system including training and profession development as well as mid-year check-in and end-of-year review provisions.
Implementation of the first year of the three-year strategic plan with forming and population of implementation teams, facilitating their meeting, regular reporting at board of education meetings about the status of deliberation and pushing forward decisions about the priority of the ideas and actions proposed.
Development in one year of a facilities roadmap wherein the board, working with the strategic plan's facilities implementation team will consider adding new spaces, adjusting existing spaces for improved sustainability and maintaining spaces in order to better preserve and protect what is in place now.
The education board also approved goals for itself, including:
Successful negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with the Millburn Education Association, Millburn Association of Supervisors and Administrators and Communications Workers of America to replace agreements expiring on June 30, 2014.
Ensuring that every board member is a participating member of at least one strategic plan implementation team.
Among personnel actions taken was acceptance of the resignation of district human resources coordinator Ojetta Townes, who will be joining the Ridgewood school district. Board members, administrators and Lois Infanger, president of the Millburn Education Association, praised Townes for the improvements and innovations she brought to the recruiting process and the human resources department in the township schools.
In another personnel action, the board approved the hiring of Millburn Township subcode official and former police detective Paul Cuomo as a security guard at the middle school at a $25,000 salary for a 10-month position for the 2013-2014 school year.
Board members also approved the purchase of electric generation and natural gas services for the district's schools through the Alliance for Competitive Energy (ACES), an alliance of New Jersey school officials which aims at purchasing energy at the most cost-efficient prices.