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Alternative Schooling Coming to Wayne

District will receive $70,000 to allow special commission to operate institution for middle and high schoolers.

The approved an agreement last week with a county education commission to operate an alternative middle school and high school at the Preakness School Building.

The Passaic County Educational Services Commission (ESC) will operate the school. The institution is designed to give supplemental instruction to students with behavioral problems and students with Individual Education Plans. The commission already runs a summer school program in Wayne.

The district will receive $70,000 for allowing the ESC to operate the school at the site of the former Wayne Adult School. The board earlier this year.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said that officials would examine other ways the district is using its property and building space and consider better ways to use it.

The Commission is comprised of officials from each of the 16 districts in the county.

Commission Superintendent Diana Labosto and Irene LeFebvre, the commission’s director of education, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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Bob July 09, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Just wondering, is this going to be the the same type of program for problem students that the BOE started in Fallon many years ago. These were the trouble makers that they had to place in a more controlled setting which was nothing more then a wast of money because sooner or later most failed the drug test and got into other problems which caused them to be expelled. This program continued to Preekness after closing Fallon.
Uncle Ray July 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
It also just accured to me that they may be trying out an "Up-County-Passaic Tech". Again, very needed in my opinion. I can see kids that don't fit the typical collage mold, but have the potential needed to succeed if they get Vo-Tech training. I would like to see professional carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and electronics, and business classes. All offered with the basic educational courses needed to graduate High School.
Bob July 09, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Now that would be a good idea Uncle Ray, lets hope thats what they are planing.
Joe videodummy July 09, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Some really good idea's have been posted, but I don't think they have any plans to have students doing any welding or soldering or building a rat rod or anything like that. At most, maybe some Origami or Plaster Cast hand prints just to calm they're curiosity. Remember, it's an old building, and we have an all volunteer Fire Department. So, Just as long as it doesn't become "Central Detention High" it's a great asset to see the school used for the purpose for which it was intented.
Nose Wayne July 10, 2012 at 12:41 AM
SANDY/RAY, it is just going to be like the Preakness Academy. Went K-5 to Preakness School.Only classrooms and a small gym, NOSE room for any shops, Don't NOSE what their do for lunch,old lunchroom is now the Browse-N-Shop in the basement.Only used three classrooms for the Academy and that was High School students from Wayne only.Will have to use the other classrooms because they will be from the entire county and also Middle School students will be going to.JOE, Don't NOSE what you meant about the all volunteer fire department ? Will a PAID fire department put out a fire there better than a volunteer one ?
Nose Wayne July 10, 2012 at 12:53 AM
ALL, Just in case anybody read the story above, Diane LaBosco (correct spelling) who is the COMMISSION SUPERINTENDENT, is also the SUPERINTENDENT of Passaic County Tech (The highest paid county employee). Will she be getting two salaries for both jobs ? Very interesting!!!!!
Nose Wayne July 10, 2012 at 01:03 AM
JOE, the school will be run like all the others,summer off,holidays etc.Talked to the county,the speed limit will not be reduced. Students will be bused in from around the county. Don't NOSE what buses will be used.May use county buses, NO SMOKING in or around the grounds. And detention,well that goes for every school. SCREW UP, YOUR GONE!!!!!
Joe videodummy July 10, 2012 at 02:01 AM
YES !!! A paid FD would be better and YES our FD should be paid just like the teachers, police, etc. They provide a service. Starting salary same as 1st year teacher.
Nose Wayne July 10, 2012 at 02:22 AM
JOE,WHY would the fire department be better and why should they be PAID like teachers and police!! You will be the first person to complain when your TAXES go thru the roof with a PAID fire and first aid squad..Does that sound BETTER to you ?
Joe videodummy July 10, 2012 at 10:12 AM
That's where your wrong nose. I don't complain about my taxes, but not having paid services has tilted the scale on the amount of money that is ultimately wasted and could have been used to pay their salaries. Paid services increase the values of our property, not the other way around. These people risk they're lives, not their teaching certificates, and earning a salary by saving properties is well deserved. We should already have full-time positions covered in at least 2 of our firehouses especially during the day, and at least one of our ambulance squad's. We need to be prepared.
Uncle Ray July 10, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Bergen County has expanded their Vo-Tech progam to other buildings thu out the county so that they can include and accomodate more students and curriculum. That may be whats going on here. Some students attend the main campus and others will be placed at Preakness. ...and no we don't need a paid FD!, unless you want to throw more of your tax money into 3 figure salaries w/ benefits. The volunteers do a great job and we all thank them for it.
fboy1932 July 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Maybe we should thank them with a salary, they ain't no different than a police officer who puts his or her life on the line? the annual stipend they receive is a joke for all the time they put in, and not once have I ever herd anyone compliment to two forces. Eye opener huh?
Uncle Ray July 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM
fboy, I'm open to discussion on that increase in stipend. My Pops was a volunteer for most of his life, (in another town) and also suffered the long term expossure to the toxic smoke and stress. He was happy to serve and loved every minute of belonging to the firehouse. That increase may entice more volunteers. What I don't like is all the big $$$ that will have to be spent to retain a staff of full time fire fighters with all the chiefs, assistant chiefs, watch commanders, and full time staff w/benefits, vacations, and sick pay. Wayne is not a city and we don't need a full time firefighter staff waiting around for a fire to break out. Now I sure hope my house dosen't catch fire, but if it does, right now I'm pretty confidant that a volunteer force will show up in a timely fashion and do their best to put out the fire. God bless them, and I'd gladly pay an increase in minucipal taxes to make the volunteer's life a little better.
Uncle Ray July 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM
There is a big difference between firefighters and police officers when you apply the circunstances surrounding a manditory 8 to 10 hour shift facing possible loss of life and the occasional non-required response to a fire alarm or false alarm. fboy, let's compare apples to apples.
Nose Wayne July 11, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Joe ,You don't NOSE what you are talking about THANK YOU RAY!!! Our VOLUNTEER fire and first aid squad is better staffed than a PAID one would be.The township buys the trucks and equipment and the volunteers maintain them. They OWN and MAINTAIN their buildings and grounds with the donation letters that are sent to every home every year.The township and it's people are greatfull that any time you dial 911, the volunteers will be there and for NO CHARGE. Let us keep Wayne a township,not a PAID CITY, BEEN THERE,DONE THAT!!!! RAY NOSE!!
Joe videodummy July 11, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Uncle Ray and Nose Wayne, I remember getting off the school bus at Wayne Hills one freezing November morning, and watching as several volunteer fireman went running into the high school and ran back out again yelling "fire". For the next 25 minutes they converged at the curb and waited, until 2 of them jumped in a car and dashed out of the parking lot. One of them returned 5-10 minutes later and the other 2 weren't far behind. What happened was they left to get the fire trucks and gear for the several volunteers, all of which were school students. Im not stating this to be sarcastic, Im merely making a point that the fire departments could be manned in such a way that volunteer's could still play an active roll. The fact is, on most occassions the volunteers will pull up on an active alarm in their personal vehicle, and wait for the truck and gear. There are surrounding towns that are manned for this type of "for instance" and I believe Peaquannock may be one of them. Our police could operate a dual role by posting at our fire departments 24/7 without costing any increases to our taxes ( that's what these other towns do ). Since saving lives is protocol, the quickest response time gives the victim the best chance. NOSE what I mean ?
Uncle Ray July 11, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Joe i'd like to hear more on that fire at the Hills. I happen to know for a fact that there are at least 4 full time custodians in the high schoosl by the time students arrive in the morning. (7:20 am) Their shift starts at 7 am. I'm sure they at least tried to contain whatever was burning. I've also been at many Wayne schools while real or false alarm went off and the police and fire department responded within 5 minutes of the alarm. I don't know what goes on here in this town, but in the town that I grew up in, many of the local business owners were on the volunteer fire department. Those guys worked in town and they were allways part of the first responders. Now come to think of it, here in Wayne when I saw first hand the above mentioned responders at the schools, they too, were the usual same group of guys. You may have a few good suggestions, but I wish someone from the fire department could tell us just how they cover it all. I'm sure they have a plan intact.
LoveWayne July 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
They should be a paid FD/Ambulance staff...we are not a city but neither is Clifton.
Uncle Ray July 12, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Dear LoveWayne, I suggest you Google the words "Clifton, NJ". It has been a city for a very long time.
Nose Wayne July 12, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Joe,You don't NOSE what your talking about!!! Don't tell stories and spread LIES about that you were there and it took the firemen 25 minutes to get there.It's people like you that have people out there believing you when you post things that ARE NOT TRUE!! Videodummy ? NOSE, Just a Dummy!!!
Nose Wayne July 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Uncle Ray On December 15,1975, at 7A.M., the Wayne Fire Department Companies 3,4,5 were dispatched to Wayne Hills High School on a reported fire in the Auditorium.Fire Company #3 on Jackson Avenue arrived at approximately 7:06 A.M.and reported a fire in the auditorium.The custodian that just came on was in his office which is 3 doors down from the Auditorium. He ran and grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put the fire out.He was overcome by smoke and suffered a mild heart attack trying to put the fire out.A play was going on that night and there was a lot of wood and decorations on the stage that caused the fire to spread rapidly.Fire company 1 and 2 were called to assist shortly after company 3 arrived. The VOLUNTEERS spent the next 10 HOURS at the school putting the fire out. The fire was brought under control in about an hour but took several more hours to completely put the fire out due to collapse roof and walls that had to ripped down that went from floor to ceiling.School was closed for a couple of days and a split session went on until the school was repaired. Over 1 million dollars damage to the school.The Auditorium had no sprinkler system but the fire alarm is what alerted everyone of the fire.An investigation found the fire started in the main electric panel on the left side of the stage where most of the scenery was stored for the play.
Uncle Ray July 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Ah, the nose nose. Holy cow! only 6 minutes from Jackson ave to the WHHS. Now that has to be some kind of record. Try that today...I'm also glad to hear that our loyal Custodians are on the ball and faithfully tried to fight off the blaze. I have no doubt that if he had not suffered the mild heart attack he could have prevented further fire damage.
Joe videodummy July 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM
7:20 ? Everyone on the 1st bus arrived at 6:40 am. Had a choice of going to the cafe or auditorium. It was already smoking by then. I don't remember how many custodians were on duty, but at least 2. What else I remember was about 30 of us were standing in front of the WH Mall already when the first fire horn sounded from Co. 3 By then we could see the fire blazing through the roof of the school. So it had to be at least 25 minutes. Don't quote me but I think Co. 1 had the only Tower/ Ladder truck in town Keep in mind that all the volunteers from Co. 1 went to WH, as well as Co. 3, not like today and yes vols from Co 1 had to drive back for their equipment, truck and gear. Knew all the vols in WH back then and a Great bunch-no doubt. Some may still be fireman, I have no idea.
Nose Wayne July 12, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Thank you Ray, When you get a report of a working fire in a school at 7am and you NOSE their are kids in the school,you would be surprised how fast you can get somewhere in MINUTES!!!Joe any comment ? Not to break your chops, but in the future, please have all your facts straight before you post something. With all the people that are on here,that is how rumors start and explode from there.The NOSE NOSE!!! NEXT SUBJECT ?
Nose Wayne July 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Joe,your last sentence says it all "I have no idea" THANK YOU, READ MY POST!!!! By the way,Co 1 members (depending on where you live) go to Wayne Valley!!! The NOSE NOSE!!
Joe videodummy July 13, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Not in 1975 NOSE IT ALL. In 1975 several vols. from Co. 1 went to ( and graduated from ) WH. 3 days ago it was clear that you have no idea what happened on that day, You're from the know all - seen nothing generation. But who am I to say anything, I got off the bus, got stoned with a few friends out on the "flat track"- ( I don't expect you to know where that was either) every morning before school. Except for morning's like that one because it was bitterly cold. We went inside to get warm and have a smoke in the auditorium...but somebody beat us to it.
Nose Wayne July 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
DUMMY,Your problem is as you say "smoked way too much pot" I was there that day and have right in front of me pictures and newspaper articles about the fire that day. So go back to smoking your pot and when your head clears and you take it out of your A**,come talk to me. If you NOSE so much,what was your friends names that were members of fire co 1,or do you want me to name them for you if you can remember ? The NOSE NOSE!!!!! OH,do you remember what was posted 3 days ago or were you to "stoned".
Joe videodummy July 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Problem is: I didn't smoke enough.
Uncle Ray July 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Thank you Joe for just enough information to end this conversation.
Mrs. Ed U. Kater July 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I would have to say Paterson, Passaic, and Clifton must be very thankful to Wayne for providing a place to educate their behavior problems

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