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Mt. Ephraim School District to Run Child Care Program

By Leigh Anne Hockenberry

NEWS Correspondent

Just Kids by Archway Programs currently provides before and after school child care for students throughout various districts in South Jersey.

But, Superintendent Joseph Rafferty advised the Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) that Mary Bray School will be running the before and after school child care in the future. Instead of the revenue leaving the district, it has the potential to decrease the overall tax burden, which could result in lower taxes for residents.

A parent of a second grade student told the School Board that he feels the school is run like a prison due to the limited access parents have to the school, such as not being allowed in the gym for the Halloween parade if it was to have rained that day.

Rafferty said security is very important because there are dangerous people out in the world and that he feels he runs the district more like a maternity ward than a prison because he cares that much about the students' safety, and would feel horrible if anything was ever to happen to any of them.

The district received their QSAC (Quality Single Accountability Continuum) performance review and overall did very well. Rafferty thanked everyone including, but not limited to, the School Board, teachers and the administration for their hard work.

Principle Michael Hunter advised the Board that beginning in June, he will be reviewing the developing curriculum at each monthly meeting, though student learning outcomes are high, curriculum mapping will ensure that the same material is not repeated as students move on to other grades.

Maria Anne Michaud was approved to be hired earning $46,363 for the Kershaw Middle School PPD (pervasive developmental disorder) program for students on the autistic spectrum. She has eight years of experience and an impressive history of successful programs under her belt.

Rafferty said letters were sent home to parents regarding the Swine Flu, and that they are prepared for a pandemic.

The Board okayed Scott Venella to be a substitute classroom teacher for the remainder of the 2008-2009 school year at a rate of $95 per day.

The latest news from Audubon Board of Education is that they should be finished up with teacher negotiations shortly.

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