Thursday, March 28, 2013
The tax rate to support Lawrence Township public schools for the 2013-2014 year will climb to $2.43 per $100 of assessed value – an increase of about 7½ cents over the current school year.
Thursday, March 28
The Lawrence Township public school district’s $67.5 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year was approved by the township board of education during a public hearing held at Lawrence High School last week (March 21). The tax rate to support schools for the 2013-2014 year will climb to $2.43 per $100 of assessed value – an increase of about 7½ cents over the current school year. The owner of a home assessed (for tax purposes; not market value) at the township average of $160,828 will pay about $3,908 in school taxes, or about $128 more than the current school year. The $67.5 million spending plan was discussed in detail at a special school board meeting held on March 5. The vote to approve the school budget at last week’s hearing was …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The meeting's agenda is available here for review.
Wednesday, March 13
The next regular meeting of the Lawrence Township Board of Education will be held today, Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 7 p.m. in the library of Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike. A PDF copy of the meeting’s agenda can be downloaded from the school district’s website or viewed in the Patch media box to the right.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Thanks, in part, to the projected costs to the school district of the federal Affordable Healthcare Act that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, Lawrence Township's 2013-2014 school tax rate increase is now 1½ cents higher than initially announced.
The tax rate to support Lawrence Township’s public schools for the 2013-2014 school year will climb to $2.43 per $100 of assessed value – an increase of about 7½ cents over the current school year – under the proposed budget sent last week by the township board of education to Mercer County’s executive county superintendent of education for review. That $67.5 million spending plan included changes made to an earlier draft of the budget that was discussed in detail at the Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting held on Feb. 13. During that February meeting, the 2013-2014 proposed budget then stood at $66.7 million and called for a tax rate increase of about 6 cents, but school district Business Administrator Tom Eldridge stressed at …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The $46,000 from Lawrence Township Education Foundation will be used to fund "major renovations" to the Lawrence High School library and media center. Improvements will include new computers, seating and shelving.
Wednesday, February 20
Editor's Note: The following news release was issued by the Lawrence Township Education Foundation. The Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF) has awarded $46,000 to Lawrence Township Public Schools to fund an innovative new project at Lawrence High School. Over the next few months, major renovations will take place in the High School library and media center. These renovations will allow for flexible work space for collaboration among students, teachers and groups. The enhancements will provide better intellectual and physical access to information thereby promoting literacy and the enjoyment of reading, viewing and listening as well as provide leadership, curriculum collaboration, instruction and consulting assistance in the use…
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Lawrence Township public school district’s $66.7 million proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year would require a 6-cent increase to the school tax rate, but several unknown factors like health care expenses mean the tax hike could go up.
The public got its first look at the Lawrence Township public school district’s proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year when Business Administrator Thomas Eldridge presented a PowerPoint overview of the $66.7 million spending plan during Wednesday evening’s (Feb. 13) meeting of the Lawrence Township Board of Education. (A PDF copy of the PowerPoint overview is available from the Patch media box to the right, together with audio of Eldridge’s presentation.) “We’ve created a budget that’s an ‘as is’ budget, which means that we don’t have new initiatives in this budget. We kept the curriculum and the goals exactly as they are and brought it one step forward. It doesn’t mean that we’re not improving. It simply means that we’re true to …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The next meeting of the Lawrence Township Board of Education will take place today, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13
The Lawrence Township Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting today, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the library of Lawrence High School, located at 2525 Princeton Pike. A copy of the meeting agenda, as released by the school district, is available for review from the Patch media box to the right.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Acting on feedback received from parents and other concerned parties, the Lawrence Township public school district amended its calendar so the 2013-2014 school year will now begin on Monday, Sept. 9.
During their meeting Wednesday evening (Jan. 9), members of the Lawrence Township Board of Education gave their final approval to the district’s 2013-2014 school year calendar. The approved calendar differs somewhat from the calendar draft that was introduced at the board’s December meeting. Most notably, students will now begin the 2013-2014 school year on Monday, Sept. 9. Previously, under the draft calendar, students would have returned to school on Wednesday, Sept. 4, been off from school on Sept. 5 in observance of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and then returned to school on Friday, Sept. 6. A handful of parents spoke up during the Dec. 19 board meeting and argued that it didn’t make sense to have students return to school for …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Displayed for the first time at Wednesday evening's Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting, the new logo proudly proclaims that township public school students and staff "Lead, Achieve, Succeed."
They’re three little words. Each is powerful in its own way. Lead. Achieve. Succeed. But together these words mean so much more. Together, they speak volumes about what Lawrence Township public schools represent. At least that’s the way that district administrators and school board officials see it. A new district logo – proudly bearing the tagline “Lead, Achieve, Succeed” below the word “Lawrence” – was unveiled with fanfare during last night’s (Jan. 9) Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting. Also featured on the shield-shaped logo is a large “L.” District Superintendent Crystal Edwards and school board President Laura Waters explained that the new logo was created to both promote all the good things the district has to offer and …
Monday, December 24, 2012
“Kids can’t learn if they don’t feel safe. Parents can’t feel comfortable unless they know that we do everything we possibly can to keep children and teachers safe.” ~ Lawrence Township Board of Education President Laura Waters
The Dec. 14 murders of over two dozen children and educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., at the hands of a deranged gunman were, not surprisingly, on the minds of those who attended last week’s Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting. As concerned parents made suggestions and asked questions, board members and administrators offered reassurances that the safety of students and staff remains the school district’s top priority and that steps are being taken to improve security. One parent suggested that bullet-proof doors be installed at township schools, while another parent asked about having police officers in every school. Superintendent Crystal Edwards reported that district officials met earlier in the …
According to the proposed calendar discussed at last week's Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting, the 2013-2014 school year will begin for students on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, and end on Friday, June 20, 2014.
The proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year was unveiled when it received its “first reading” at last Wednesday’s (Dec. 19) Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting. The calendar will not be official until it receives a second reading and approval at a subsequent board meeting. The calendar includes 181 school days for students, with several more “professional development” training days for staff. Several parents who attended last week’s meeting expressed displeasure about the disjointed nature of the first week of school as shown on the calendar – classes beginning for students on Wednesday, Sept. 4, but the schools being closed Thursday, Sept. 5 in observance of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, and then classes resuming …