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By Leigh Anne Hubbs

Gloucester City News

  During last week’s Mount Ephraim Board of Education (BOE) meeting, President Dominick Cipolone said that teacher contract negotiations are headed towards mediation.

  School Board Member Carl Ingram said he is looking forward to a new page in the negotiation process.

  In other business, Superintendent Joseph Rafferty said that one of the goals of the upcoming Back to School Night is to encourage parents to register to vote.

  He said that all too often parents wish to vote in the annual School Election in April, but are unable to do so because they did not register early enough.

  The district and the Mount Ephraim Police Department have reached an agreement to share information.

  This agreement has the potential to help prevent incidents before they occur, which should improve the safety of students and staff as well as the community, Board members said.

  A few months ago a teacher had asked during public comment how much the district pays for legal services.

  Last week, the Board responded that Joseph Betly of Capehart Scatchhard will be paid $160 per hour, with associates of the firm getting $140 per hour – increasing to $145 per hour in January.

  During the public forum, the same teacher requested that the Board provide the total amount which has been paid year-to-date for legal services.

  Business Administrator Melissa Raywood said that the bills are being compiled.

  Physical Education teacher Dawn Gillis has been upgraded from a part-time to a full-time employee, and will earn $58,358 this upcoming school year.

  Luke Bowe has been hired to be a part-time Art teacher and will earn $28,867.

  The Board also approved part-time Music/Instrument teacher Mary Manion at a rate of $45,068.

  Margo Shevchenko and Andrew Midgley, psychology students from Rowan University, will be completing 600 hours of field study under the supervision of Dawn Reilly.

  Principal Michael Hunter has received the preliminary results of the NJASK and stated that overall it appears that the students have improved from last year.

  Student-specific results will be made available to parents at a later date.

  The next BOE meeting will be September 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Kershaw Middle School’s Media Center.

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