Archive: January, 2013
Though 2011 is long gone, it continues to haunt Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd.
In addition to being the poorest city in the nation that year, Camden had the highest crime rate in the country.
CQ Press recently released its official ranking of 432 cities based on 2011 rates of reported crimes in a half-dozen categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and vehicle theft.
In case you missed it, I wrote Thursday about the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy’s group’s plan to build its first school at the site the state had reserved for the Lanning Square Elementary School and expand from there.
One of the issues surrounding this plan that I didn’t mention in the article is that the Camden Board of Education, in order to finish its long-term plan, must urgently work out what KIPP’s enrollment will be.
According to the Renaissance school project’s application, 2,800 students would eventually be educated within its five schools.
The Camden Board of Education will host a continental breakfast Tuesday morning to discuss the role of the Regional Achievement Center (RAC) in Camden and its responsibility in the district.
David Hardy Jr., state-appointed executive director of the center, will lead a discussion on how the district and RAC are working together. The center is one of seven established statewide in districts with low test scores and high achievement gaps.
Hardy and his crew of state education specialists are assigned to help Camden administrators and teachers improve academic performance in the district following abysmal state test scores last year. Twenty-three of the city’s 26 public schools ranked among the state's lowest performers, making them "priority schools." (Read background HERE.)
The “Visions of Camden” exhibit scheduled to open Thursday at Rutgers-Camden will feature various artwork and artifacts of Camden’s past.
My colleague, Kevin Riordan, wrote earlier this week about some of the artists who will be featured such as artist, author, and Catholic brother Michael O'Neill McGrath.
The exhibition at the Stedman Gallery on the Rutgers-Camden campus is free of charge and open to the public. The display, which includes glass slides, photographs, and prints of various moments throughout Camden’s history, will run from Jan. 17 through March 1.
Camden’s poverty and homicide record year has attracted the attention of a New York nonprofit group that works with abandoned and abused animals.
Guardians of Rescue hopes to establish a chapter in the city that would provide education on humane treatment of animals, micro-chipping, and free vaccinations, among other programs. The groups hopes to find a site by February.
Camden is one of the most dangerous cities (last year the city broke its homicide record with 67 slayings) in the country and has the poorest population (more than 42 percent of residents live in poverty).