English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by William E. Cleary Sr.
POTUS COMING TO CAMDEN CITY—The President of the United States (POTUS) will be visiting Camden City on Monday. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the President will stop at the headquarters of the Camden County Police Department and he will visit a Camden City Community Center.
"The president will hear directly about the efforts of the Camden County Police Department to build trust between the department and the community," Schultz said at the Friday White House press briefing. "This visit is a continuation of the administration's support for understanding and highlighting what is working."
President Obama is to hear about Camden police efforts to build ties with area residents and to discuss the federal "promise zone" program, which uses federal grants for community priorities such as improving health, reducing crime and creating jobs, according to the White House announcement.
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HELP WANTED—Looking for a job? The Brooklawn Diner, U.S. Route 130 at the traffic circle, has a help wanted announcement posted on its outside sign. The announcement went up over the weekend. The work on the outside of the structure is nearing completion. A new asphalt parking lot surrounds the property. It appears the only thing left to finish is the landscaping.
YOUR TAX DOLLARS—The Gloucester City Board of Education at its May 12 meeting approved sending a new proposed three-year employment contract for incumbent School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty to the Executive County Superintendent for review and approval. The new agreement is for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Rafferty was hired three-years ago at a salary of $146,00 with increase of two percent in year two ($148,920) and a two percent increase in year three ($151,898).
In other matters, the Board approved the Superintended’s recommendation to terminate the employment of staff member #5082 due to chronic violation of district policy and standards effective June 30. No name was released.
The Board adopted a School Choice Resolution restricting the enrollment of its students in Choice School Districts to no more than 10 percent of the number of students per grade level per year; and no more than 15 percent of the total number of students enrolled in the Gloucester City School District may be enrolled in a Choice School District.
Payments to 70 employees involved with after school programs were approved. The reimbursements ranged from a high of $4,513 each for the baseball coach, the softball coach, the Head Boys Track Coach and Head Girls Track Coach to a low of $215 for a stage manager.
Disability leave of absence was granted to Jilda Fitchett, Helen Convery-Witcraft and Tara Trongone
The Board approved the following tuition rates for the 2015-16 school year.
Pre School $12,490
Grades 1-5 10,318
Grades 6-8 11,192
Grades 9-12 12,425
LLD Learn/Lang Disab. 13,765
BD Behavioral Disabilities 14,569
MD Multiple Disabilities 15,894
AUT Autism 18,453
Resource Center (per period per student) $19.00
The Board approved payment of bills for April in the following amounts:
Health Benefits 630,458
Current Expenditures- 1,032,895
Government & Payroll Funds-$4,063,222
Cafeteria Fund $100,812
Unemployment Fund- 1,906
HS Student Activiity 6,864
MEC Student Activity 1,729
GRAND TOTAL $4,174,533
ROWAN COLLEGE HEADED TO NJCAA WORLD SERIES—Nationally ranked number four Rowan College (38-10) defeated Cumberland County College (nationally ranked eight record 36-9) to advance to the NJCAA World Series, Kinston, NC
Rowan College (formerly Gloucester County College) played Cumberland on Mother’s Day in a double-header winning the first game 5-4 and the second game 4-3. In the second game, Rowan scored two runs in the 9th with a bases loaded single by Dan Valerio (Eatontown, NJ) giving Rowan the Region XIX NJCAA Championship. Rowan College will be representing Region XIX for the 20th time since 1992. Rowan entered the Regional Playoff as the number 1 seed after defeating Montgomery PA in first round action. The win over Cumberland County was revenge for last year’s Regional Final loss.
Led by Region XIX Pitcher of the Year - Andrew Cohen (Monroe, NJ) and Region XIX Player of the Year - Jon Gonzales (Winslow, NJ), Rowan College will open World Series play on Friday. Gonzales was a member of the 2013 Brooklawn American Legion Team that won the Legion World Series that year.
Also representing Rowan on the mound will be Austin Darrow (Brooklawn, NJ) and Eric Schoor (Audubon, NJ) who played for the 2014 Brooklawn American Legion World Series winners.
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