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By Leigh Anne Hubbs

Gloucester City News

  The Mount Ephraim Board of Education heard the 2010-11 audit presentation by Auditor Robert Stewart of Inverso and Stewart, LLC, during its October meeting.

  Mr. Stewart said that the district is in “very good shape,” and there are not any recommendations.

  Superintendant Joseph Rafferty recognized the teachers and support staff for what he described as “outstanding efforts in opening the school buildings for the 2011-12 school year.”

  Regretfully the Board accepted a letter of resignation from Kershaw teacher Ms. Jennifer Kennedy effective October 6.

  Mr. Rafferty said that Ms. Kennedy was a great asset and resigned to spend more time with her young children.

  Board members recognized the PTO for their generous donations: $3,000 went towards student trips; $100 to Mary Bray’s Positive Student Behavior Program; and $25 for the Kershaw Honor Society Beatification Program.

  Business Administrator Melissa Raywood said the number of students eligible for food services has increased from 21 in 2009 up to 71 in 2011.

  Although students receiving public assistance are directly certified for food services, anyone is welcome to apply, Raywood said.

  The following applicants have been approved as substitute classroom teachers and paraprofessionals earning $80 and $60 per day, respectively: Ashley Fusaro, Louis Greenwood, Amanda Petito, Kristin Popelak and Lauren Solley.

  Ms. Popelak has also been approved to be a substitute nurse at a rate of $125 per day.

  Board Member Carl Ingram asked why Mt. Ephraim pays $125 when Audubon pays $90, and just recently considered raising the rate to $110.

  Rafferty said that if the rate is not competitive enough the district has to use Source 4 Teachers which is more expensive.

   Also, the substitute nurse typically works longer than an average school day because she is the one sent on class trips so that the regular nurse who knows the students may remain at the school.

  On November 29, 13 students who are interested in attending Camden County Technical School will have a one-day trial to learn about career options and hands-on experience.

  Board members approved a trip to Medieval Times in Lyndhurst for the sixth grade for April 20, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  Due to September’s meeting being so soon after the first day of school, Principal Michael Hunter announced both June and September’s Student of the Month winners during October’s meeting.

  June’s winners are: 1st DJ Vespe, 2nd Gabriella Orsino, 3rd Matthew King, 4th Jackson Price, 5th Kenzie Calhoun, 6th Cole Panek and 7th Alyssa Fitzpatrick.

  September’s winners are: 1st Zachary Beebe, 2nd Emily McCutcheon, 3rd Daniel Matson, 4th James Greenwood, 5th Isabella Valdes, 6th Alyssa Mauer, 7th Alyssa Marszalek and 8th Will Nguyen.

  The next Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Kershaw Middle School’s Media Center.

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