The news and chatter out of Tuesday’s Camden Board of Education meeting was who was laid off.
But given the state’s intervention plan, which the board agreed to last month, it was also interesting to see who was reappointed for the 2013-2014 school year.
Three top administrators, whose positions are expected to be abolished by the state once it takes over, were saved by the board. For the next several weeks at least, Andrea Gonzalez-Kirwin, Patricia Kenny and John C. Oberg will remain in their respective administrative positions.
Should the public have the right to know where public officials live?
This is an argument I just lost with the New Jersey Government Records Council.
A recent state analysis of my case against the New Jersey Department of Education showed that public officials should have “reasonable expectation of privacy.” Except that the state Government Records Council executive director Brandon D. Minde uses “citizens,” not “public officials” in his “reasonable expectation of privacy” decision.
Camden's now-famous drill team Sophisticated Sisters performed on Good Morning America earlier today as part of it's You're Not Dreaming series of inspirational stories.
The girls who were just on Dancing with the Stars last week, got another glimpse of fame Monday morning as they performed in front of a large live audience and millions of TV viewers.
After dancing to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" outside of the GMA studios in New York, the girls were shown a video of a recent interview with Beyonce in which the diva says she was "inspired" by the sisters and wants to meet them.
The secret to revitalizing New Jersey’s urban areas might be indebted college graduates.
A group of urban state legislators are proposing a bill that if signed by Gov. Christie would give $7,000 tuition reimbursement to young professionals who commit to live for two years within a designated neighborhood in either Camden, Trenton or Jersey City.
“This is to encourage young professionals to be part of the economic rebirth of the city,” said Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D- Camden), a co-sponsor of the bill making its way through the legislative process. (It just came out of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee with a 5-2 vote.)
After my series of stories on the great lengths that LEAP Academy University Charter School went through to give the school’s chef a $24,000 raise, LEAP’s board of trustees said it was formally reviewing the matter.
“On February 22, the LEAP board announced that it was conducting its own independent review of this process. No comment will be made until that review is complete,” LEAP board treasurer Peter Burke said in a statement at the time.
Well, apparently there are recommendations for the board to consider. But the school is mute on what they are.
After more than a decade of only socializing indoors and behind safe doors, Nicole Rome basked in the afternoon spring sun Wednesday in Fairview Village section of Camden, while chatting with her neighborhood friend Tiwanna Morris.
The two women sat on a cement pillar near Malandra Hall, where Gov. Christie and several high-ranking state, county and city officials celebrated the official start of the new Camden County Police Department.
The county force replaced the 184-year-old city department.
Co-founders of Teen SHARP (Successful in High-Achieving and Reaching their Potential) Atnre and Tatiana Alleyne were awarded the Alumni Civic Engagement award from Rutgers-Camden Tuesday evening.
The award, which was one of several at the 2013 Chancellor's Awards for Civic Engagement at Rutgers-Camden, recognizes individual alumni or groups of alumni for efforts and projects that benefit communities beyond the Rutgers campus in Camden and South Jersey.
Teen SHARP is an organization designed for minorities ages 10 through 17 in Philadelphia and South Jersey, offering academic guidance, college assistance and summer preparation. The idea is to “increase college awareness and student leadership,” Alleyne said in an interview last year.
Despite living in the poorest city in the country, students at Ulysses S. Wiggins Family School have been fund-raising to help even poorer kids in Africa.
Since September, students at Wiggins in Camden’s Bergen Square neighborhood have been learning about the global water crisis and raising money for a clean water project in Tanzania.
On Friday, the youths will host a “water walk” to raise awareness of the lack of clean water in many developing countries, as well as raise money to help one Tanzania school.