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Citizen of America April 24, 2014 at 09:39 am
Schools in blue states are excellent because citizens here take education seriously. As a result, weRead More fund schools accordingly through taxes. If you want low taxes, move to a dumb dumb red state where the education is atrocious and the citizens ignorant.
Patricia Rivera April 24, 2014 at 06:09 pm
We addressed rezoning last year in a big way. We let our Mayor and elected officials know thatRead More ‘we the people’ of Wayne do not want hi density housing. But where exactly does that leave us? We are still awaiting final COAH mandates. Mayor Vergano told us succinctly that Company’s are not moving to Wayne and Wayne does not give tax breaks to businesses. In the same breath we were advised that Businesses want to move to areas where their employees can ‘live, work and play.’ So now, here we are with a newly expanded Economic Development Council to try and draw ‘ratables’ to Wayne. How exactly do we do this? The Board of Education is finalizing their budget. Once again, annually actually, there is another increase looming. The Council will begin working on their budget and I heard it from a Council member there will be another township increase and the County is sure to follow suit. I ask again, how do we entice businesses to move to Wayne? There is no economic incentive to the business nor to the employees. BAE has stated they are leaving Wayne because their employees cannot afford to live here. Our ever increasing taxes are making our community less and less affordable and our home values lower. The Mayor may just be right, businesses, ratables, just may not come to Wayne. If Businesses want to be in communities where there employees can live, work and play and Wayne is not affordable then Mayor Vergano is 100% correct. How then do we reverse this trend? We must stop the ever increasing taxes in this town. Other towns have done it, so too we must. We need to let the Board of Ed and the Township Council hear our objections to yet another annual increase. I have lived in Wayne for 19 years and my taxes have gone up every single year. We need not to accept even a little increase from the Board of Ed or the Town. We need to come out and be heard. Voice your objection to any tax increase. As our taxes continue to rise, and our home values continue to flounder, we are less likely to draw commercial ratables to Wayne. What then, HiDensity housing? Rezoning? The Board of Ed will be hearing public comments tonight and over the next few days. Let your voices be heard.
Clay Thomas April 24, 2014 at 07:01 pm
You don't need clean streets and sidewalks when your high school is rated in the top twenty NewRead More Jersey high schools! Oh wait, you mean HHS is NOT one of New Jersey's top twenty high schools? How could that be? With enrollment down to around 600, class size should be optimal. Where is the promised progress? I guess we'll have to wait for the NJ Monthly and NJDOE rankings to see if we beat Camden, or even Newark! It's sad for the kids who work really hard to do well.
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SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 05:25 pm
BellairBerdan it's still the majority that still want it in .
Madeleine April 24, 2014 at 05:46 pm
Separation of church and state. Period. Even if the supposed "majority" want it in, anyRead More reference to God should not be in a public place (including the Congress, the Supreme Court....virtually the entire government). Eliminating the "under God" part in the Pledge of Allegiance is a start towards an America based on the founding principle: freedom for people to live the way they want to live (as long as he or she does not infringe on the rights of another person). Religion is a private affair, not a public one.
SILENT WOLF April 24, 2014 at 07:07 pm
Madeleine I question if you are indeed a christian or just an imposter.You are so adamant about thisRead More God issue , wanting the word God to go away..It's a personal issue isn't it . You can argue with the majority , but you won't win ....I've heard your side and you heard mine . What else are you wanting to change with this country the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. since this won't change.
Pad April 19, 2014 at 03:13 pm
15% achievement bonus on goals he sets himself? That's the BS that goes on here. Allowing him to setRead More goals, I think the employer should be setting the goals not the employee. The employer being the BOE.
joann ranalletti April 19, 2014 at 03:18 pm
In reference to Marta's comments about Mr. Reis warning the BOE of making these educationall unsoundRead More changes regarding department heads, grading etc. I still have an e-mail in my possession which I sent to Laura Stinziano in 2013 saying quite the same thing and I had at least one conversation with her about this not being the right thing for our system. She is a product of the Wayne school system and was a student of mine in the 1980's. She certainly had some idea of how we operated. Of course she gave me the you are right but since she obviously has this allegiance to Gonzalez and not to the sound education of our students in Wayne she rubber stamps him and so do her cohorts and we are in a mess. The powers that be on this BOE who hired the super and the assistant should be ashamed of themselves and step down. I have already posted my feelings as to how a new super might be better chosen and also about new BOE members being elected.
Pad April 19, 2014 at 05:58 pm
JoAnn, You are 100% correct about these two. Do you agree she shouldn't be allowed to stay afterRead More her incident just so she can collect her pension? The BOE in Wayne accounts for a lot of the problems here. And yes they rubber stamp Gonzalez because not to would admit their failure which they never will do. Not only do we need new leadership we also need a new BOE crew. They probably didn't want Reis because he knows to much about what goes on in Wayne. Therefore they didn't back him at all. What a shame. And they bring these two in to clean our pockets out. She has done absolutely nothing but collect a paycheck. What a waste!
DexterDog April 3, 2014 at 09:58 am
How about some full day kindergarten? Am I the only one thinks this town ins lagging?
slavin4u April 3, 2014 at 01:15 pm
PLEASE NO FULL DAY K- My youngest of 3 is going to age out and be in first grade soon enough. IRead More don't want to have to pay taxes for the rest of my life for it.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
Andy Schmidt April 24, 2014 at 05:36 pm
WMS826 >>take my tax portion to the school system and apply it to a catholic or private schoolRead More of my choice << Humans form societies so that we combine our different strengths and end up with something more than the sum of the pieces. By members giving up a share of their own possessions, they are supporting even the weakest members and in return get to benefit from whatever unique other talents THOSE can contribute. Maybe Gutenberg wasn't a great deer hunter, but he figured out how to print books. The whole point of taxes is that we all contribute a certain portion of income for the COMMON good. You don't get to pick that "YOUR" property tax only fixes YOUR roads. That "YOUR" state tax only builds bridges YOUR plan to travel over, that "YOUR" federal income tax only pays for medical research in illnesses YOU suffer from on that particular day - or YOUR taxes go to YOUR private school. In "this great nation" you DO have the option to move to a smaller house to afford private school tuition, or to move yourself from the mail room to the executive floor of your business. But those are not entitlements you earn by being a fellow taxpayer, those are individual perks you earn based on your personal achievements. Personal responsibility - not just where it's convenient for you!
Andy Schmidt April 24, 2014 at 05:51 pm
WMS826 - of course, it is an indictment of the American education system that so many folks in thisRead More country cannot distinguish "society" from "socialism", "community" from "communism" - or don't know the definition of "liberal". I personal consider myself a political "republican", an individual "liberal", a fiscal "conservative" and a social "progressive" -- so you take your pick what label you want to attach to me that best fits your personal agenda.
golfer April 24, 2014 at 07:47 pm
Brian Hurrel wants proof. There is a terrific book called "Children of the Core." HeRead More wants proof, but I guarantee he won't read this book.
Flood Plain March 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm
It would seem more economical to have added one full day of classes to the end of the school year.Read More Less inconvenience to everyone and a lot less expensive to the stakeholders.
Pad March 30, 2014 at 08:06 am
Don't worry the teachers with vacation plans just will call in sick as usual. Almost none of themRead More will change their plans. God forbid they work an extra hour a day to make up the time. Those that turn in sick should be required to bring in a Doctor's note.
Jack Q March 31, 2014 at 07:36 am
@Flood, all depends when you want to inconvenience people. Probably just as many people have plansRead More the day after school ends as they do during Spring Break. Maybe more since those who participate in spring sports can't go away. What they really need to do is eliminate the teacher's convention since it really is not attended by the majority of the profession. That will give you the added flexibility.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Chicken Little March 10, 2014 at 01:39 pm
Oh for cryin' out loud Flood Plain!!!!! Read the article. Or at least the first line below theRead More headline.
Flood Plain March 10, 2014 at 05:21 pm
chicken little, the headline and the small print below it are not congruent (not in agreement: notRead More corresponding to or consistent with each other). That was my point. It's taught in J school 101.
Jack Q March 11, 2014 at 07:06 am
Isn't William Paterson in Wayne?
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Pad March 8, 2014 at 06:07 am
Common Core = Corporate America, individuals & politically connected friends getting rich of theRead More American Taxpayers!
Meema Judy March 8, 2014 at 07:58 am
How much of the children’s day will be spent preparing for this test? How much of theRead More teachers time will be spent preparing for the test. The Superintendent says this test doesn’t count toward a grade it is just a tryout of the system. So, our children are now test bunnies, who have wasted time learning how to take a test that does not matter, when they could have been actually learning something like math or reading.
joann ranalletti March 8, 2014 at 10:04 am
Wayne was "randomly selected." What criteria was used in this random selection and whatRead More other districts were randomly selected? What criteria did the Wayne super use to choose the schools chosen in our district or did that come from the state also? How will these students in the chosen Wayne schools make up what they will be missing that is being taught to their peers in the schools not chosen. Lots of educational time lost for CCSS which is under question in many states.
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Dead Hoffa February 13, 2014 at 08:55 am
It never ceases to amaze me how a big wad of cash always makes the pain and suffering go away......Read More God bless America....
LA February 15, 2014 at 09:25 am
Jack Q - Common Core started with the present 2013-2014 school year. They needed more trainingRead More BEFORE it was implemented, not during. Pad - September 4th two days before Labor Day Weekend??? Labor Day is Monday September 1st.
Pad February 15, 2014 at 03:56 pm
LA Sorry glanced at wrong calendar. I still feel they have too many days off during the schoolRead More months and the teachers convention should be in the summer not during school time. This is why our children are falling behind. They attend school less then any other of the leading nations. We still go by an outdated agrarian calendar from when children had to work the farm fields. There is absolutely no reason for all these days off at all.
Jack Q February 17, 2014 at 07:18 am
LA, I am aware that it was implemented last year. However, in light of less than stellarRead More performance by admin and teachers, it probably warranted another in service. Not saying I agree with adding another day. Personally, I agree with Pad about getting rid of the teacher's convention. Not worth the 2 days off in my mind, unless attendance is made mandatory.
Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Wayne's World January 28, 2014 at 09:07 am
Bill, what kind of retaliation and who is it directed against?
Pad February 1, 2014 at 07:15 am
BTW, Bus undercarriage's get wet all the time in rain, snow and exposure to road salt. If ourRead More relatively new bus fleet has rusting problems it isn't due to where they are parked. After all they aren't parked in water that deep at anytime. This is just another flimsy excuse by the BOE to justify this unneeded waste of taxpayers money. Maybe they should contact the bus manufacturer and ask Why?
Pad February 1, 2014 at 07:17 am
From the picture above you can see how high the undercarriages sit off the ground. Any rustingRead More problems on these busses didn't come from North Cove Lot.
joann ranalletti January 28, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Jack Q That appears to be one of the many best kept secrets of the admin and BOE. Eventually someoneRead More will leak it out. Knowing this BOE and the big spender it was probably paid!
Pad January 30, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Well, is she on a paid leave of absence on taxpayers money since Dec of 2012? Why hasn't the WayneRead More BOE terminated her? This was a felony conviction. How did she get hired here and who was responsible for hiring her? I think these questions need to be answered. Leave of absence so I guess she can come back to work? This is what I mean when I say there is so much corruption and information that is kept from the public by those in charge at Nellis Drive. Wayne taxpayers beware of what goes on there. All they tell you is fluff and the scandals and the dirt are left out in all their PR info.
Pad January 30, 2014 at 04:56 pm
Enter her name in the website that list public workers salaries. But it may not be current for theRead More year 2013.
Wayne's World January 22, 2014 at 09:58 am
As usual, town did a pretty good job cleaning up. Roads were fine this morning when I left at myRead More normal time. Another wasted day for the kids and parents who have to take a day off to stay home with them.
joann ranalletti January 22, 2014 at 10:36 am
Gonzalez is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't when it comes to inclement weather as areRead More most superintendents. He does not make these decisons alone but has the advisement of the Police Dept. Safety precautions must be considered for all when these decsions are made. Bite the bullet on what may be deemed a wasted day for education. Safety first!
Jack Q January 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Weather Channel had it snowing into the morning. Hindsight is always 20/20.