At the regular meeting held on Thursday, September 25, 2014, the Board of Education approved a revision to the district calendar to include the High School mid-terms and Middle School conferences in January 2015.  Click here to view the revised calendar:  2014-2015 Revised Calendar.
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    At the regular meeting held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, the Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.  Please click here to view the approved calendar:  2014-2015 District Calendar.
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    At the regular meeting held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Board of Education approved revisions to the district calendar.  The significant changes to make up for the days lost due to inclement weather are as follows:
    1. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, is now a regular school day for all students.
    2. Friday, May 23, 2014, is now a school day for the Early Childhood Learning Center students with all students arriving at 8:00 am and departing at 12:20 pm; see the note on the bottom of the calendar for the explanation.  School remains closed this date for all High School, Middle School, and Shoemaker School students due to in-service.
    3. Tuesday through Friday, June 10-13, 2014, are full school days for all students.
    4. Monday through Friday, June 16-20, 2014, are early closing days for all students, with the last day of school scheduled for Friday, the 20th.
    Click  here to view the revised calendar:   2013-2014 Revised Calendar.
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    As a result of the school closing due to inclement weather on Friday, January 3, 2014, please be reminded that Tuesday, April 22, 2014, will now be the make-up regular school day as stated on the approved 2013-2014 school district calendar.  Any further closings will result in the school year being extended.  You may view the district calendar by clicking on the following link:  2013-2014 School District Calendar.
    Tom Coleman,
    Superintendent of Schools
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    All community members are invited to join us for the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) Open House on this Friday, December 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Please stop in to tour our new school and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies.  See the attached flyer for more details.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Open House Flyer
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    At the special meeting held on Thursday, November 14, 2013, the Board of Education approved revisions to the district calendar.  Those revisions affect the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) students only, and are as follows:
    1. On Monday, November 25, 2013, school will be closed for the ECLC students only.
    2. On Friday, February 14, 2014, ECLC students will have an early closing day to make up for November 25, 2013.  School remains closed for all other students on February 14, 2014, as an in-service day as originally scheduled.

    Click here to view the revised calendar:  2013-2014 Revised Calendar.

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    Hello Woodstown-Pilesgrove Schools Community,

    This message is to inform you that the Salem County Health Department will be offering free flu vaccinations at a clinic in our area.  The clinics will be held at the Salem County Vocational-Technical Schools and the Salem County Health Department office.

    There will be a clinic on November 13 at the Salem County Vo-Tech from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    There will be additional evening clinics from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Salem County Health Department offices. Evening clinic dates at the Salem County Health Department offices are October 15, 22, and 29.  Their offices are located at 110 Fifth Street in Salem.

    All clinics are open to any resident ages 3 years and up. For children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old, two evening clinics will be held at the Salem County Health Department. Those dates are November 12 and November 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    For more clinic dates and times, please go to www.SalemCountyNJ.gov/Health or call the County Health Department at 856/935-7510.

    We hope you will take advantage of these free flu shots, which are made available by the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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    Submitted by Tom Coleman, Superintendent

    Since the last update on August 9, much has been happening as we prepared to have things ready for the opening day of school. It was very close, but we got it done. This was due to the extraordinary efforts by many people throughout our organization who exhibited a real “esprit de corps” in embracing the challenges that we faced. 

    EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER (ECLC): As I mentioned in my last report, because of the legal proceedings that delayed the opening of the new ECLC on East Lake Road, we are renting space from St. Joseph’s Center until the new building is ready in late October or early November. The lease agreement was approved at a special Board of Education meeting on August 8. We began moving in on August 15.  Overall this was quite a logistical undertaking which began back in June when the Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms were moved out of the Mary Shoemaker School into trailers to make room for the 5th grade moving into Mary Shoemaker. The items were staged in the trailers until we knew where we would be going, which was contingent on the outcome of the legal proceedings. This was not finalized until August 8 whereupon the New Jersey Appellate Court denied the appeal of the contractor who was challenging the bid and they withdrew their challenge. Our maintenance staff and Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers, under the direction of Dwayne Hickman – Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds, Frank Rizzo – School Business Administrator, and Diane Cioffi – Building Principal respectively, did a terrific job in getting all of this done in time for the orientation programs held during the last week in August. As you can see via pictures posted on our Facebook page, our teachers and maintenance staff had quite a daunting task in unpacking and sorting through all the classroom supplies and moving the furniture into the classrooms at St. Joe’s.  Because of their efforts, I am happy to say that today’s first day of school went quite smoothly and everything was up and ready to go. 

    HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL (HS/MS) NEW SCIENCE LABS AND ROOFING PROJECT: This schedule was even tighter than that of the ECLC. We virtually went to the eleventh hour in getting these areas completed for today’s opening. This was due to nothing short of herculean efforts by our maintenance crew and the contractors, under the direction of Frank Rizzo, Dwayne Hickman, and Bruce Harkins – Construction Manager. It wasn’t until 10:00 p.m. last evening that I was notified that the science rooms would be ready by about 6:00 a.m. this morning. In addition, as with any construction project, what you can always expect is the unexpected. That occurred in the case of our HS/MS media center where the roofing contractors spilled tar onto the carpet and it then needed to be replaced.  So within the last few weeks, all of the furniture and books had to be moved out of the media center into the hallways, the carpet removed, a new carpet installed, and the furniture and contents moved back in from the hallways by today.  Once again, our maintenance department staff worked into the night to get this completed for today. 

    So after all was said and done, due to the joint efforts of all those involved and the willingness to “improvise, adapt, and overcome”, we were able to “get it done” and school opened today ready and able to welcome our students with little if any compromise of our educational program. So I am proud to say on their behalf “Mission Accomplished”. (See pictures below of the new labs.)
    UPDATES ON REMAINING ASPECTS OF THE PROJECT AND MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS: Although we accomplished our mission with the first phase of the projects, there still also remains the completion of the ECLC building and the Middle School multi-purpose room (MPR).  As I mentioned earlier, we are targeting a move in date for either the Columbus Day weekend of October 11-14 or during the NJEA Convention weekend of November 6-10.  In regards to the costs incurred by the need to rent the St. Joe's building, that will be incurred by contingency funds for situations such as these that were built into the referendum funds as required by state statute.  It will not have any additional impact on the taxpayers or our regular operating budget.  The MPR is targeted to be completed by December.  In the meantime, the new Middle School schedule designed with that new space in mind has been implemented with contingency plans in place to accommodate the schedule until the MPR is completed.
    New Science Labs
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    Due the ongoing construction at the Woodstown Middle School / High School, the offices for Woodstown High School, Woodstown Middle School, the Guidance Department, the Athletics Office, and the Office of Curriculum and Instruction will be temporarily relocated to Mary Shoemaker Elementary School. All business will be conducted from that site beginning Wednesday, June 19th and ending Friday, June 21st. No one from the public will be permitted in the Woodstown High School and Woodstown Middle School buildings during this time. We expect to return to normal operations on Monday, June 24th. We appreciate your cooperation and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
    Tom Coleman
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    In our last update on May 25th, we reported that the second highest bidder for the Early Childhood Learning Center had prevailed in court and the Superior Court ruled that they were to be awarded the contract by the district. We since have been in a holding pattern while the courts processed the losing party’s legal appeal. There were two possible outcomes we were awaiting a decision on as to a stay sought by the losing party:
    1. If the losing party prevailed, then we were faced with a protracted appeals process that would have put a stop on the construction for at least six months with a subsequent completion date of approximately September 2014, a one-year delay in the project.
    2. The second outcome was that the request for a stay would be denied, which means we would be bound by the court’s order to award the contract and the work on the project would immediately recommence resulting in the project being close to back on schedule.

    As it turned out, both the Superior Court and the Appellate Court denied the initial requests for a stay on the project. Having said that, the contractor still intends to appeal further but the request for a stay may not be heard for more than one month or more from now, at which point the modular construction portion of the project to which this bid pertains will be well along and possibly near completion.  Accordingly, as per court order, at the June 13th special meeting, the Board of Education awarded the bid as directed. Fortunately, this means that the completion date has now been projected for a much shorter delayed opening, that being mid-September to mid-October of this year. The pace and progress of the project and the requisite term of the delay will be the determining factors in the contingency plan we implement. If it is only a short-term delay, then our option will be to have a delayed start of the year for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.  If the delay will be longer, then we will house our students at an appropriate New Jersey Department of Education approved alternate site within our constituent district. We are still waiting to firm up the specifics of the latter plan and will let everyone know as soon as we do. This plan also provides for the 5th grade to move to the Mary Shoemaker School for the beginning of the school year as per the original plan.

    Thank you,
    Tom Coleman, Superintendent

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