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NEGATIVE RATINGS HURT HOME SALES--Bob Stein, an associate realtor at KingsGate Realty, Mt. Ephraim, contacted CNBNews recently about his problems trying to sell homes in Gloucester City.
"Gloucester City Schools have some of the most outstanding programs for all children across the educational levels."
Gloucester City School Supt. Joseph Rafferty
In a phone interview, Stein said, “The Trulia real estate website has the GreatSchool rating for Gloucester City elementary and high school at Below Average. Customers see that rating is bad and it affects the sale.”
“I tell them about the new multi-million dollar middle school that is being built, about the new Cold Spring school and, the all-day pre-school for three-year-olds and up. They hear rumors of illegal drug sales and look at the condition of the west-side of Gloucester. Even though prices for Gloucester City homes are reasonable they want to look elsewhere.”
“This is my hometown. I have lived here all my life. I tell my customers that Gloucester City is a community-oriented town. Yes, we have some problems but overall it is a great place to live. If they have children they keep coming back to the below-average rating for the school district. No matter what I say. It is discouraging.”
Looking at a home for sale in Gloucester City listed on the Trulia website we found the GreatSchools summary score for the Gloucester City elementary schools and the high school at Below Average 1-3. Along with this explanation.
*GreatSchools ratings are scores on a scale of one to ten (lowest to highest) that indicate how schools performed on standardized tests compared to other schools in the same state. You should consider other factors like teacher quality, school culture, special programs, etc. Ratings may not be available for all schools as the test results may be unavailable or incomplete for certain schools. Private schools are not required to publicly report test results so these schools do not have ratings. For more details about the ratings and methodology, visit Greatschools.org.
We contacted Gloucester City Public School Superintendent Joseph Rafferty about Stein’s comments and asked him for a response to ease new resident’s concerns about the below average rating for the school district.
Rafferty said, “Please refer them to me I would love to speak to them. Gloucester City Schools have some of the most outstanding programs for all children across the educational levels. You can not measure a school district success just on an academic standardized test. You have to look at all the elements of the school. Such as the culture of the school community. Please refer them to me and I would love them to visit the school district and speak to the staff and members of the school community.”
Rafferty’s office phone number is (856) 456-7000; ext. 2166 email@example.com
NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPERS NOT HAPPY WITH BEYONCE--New Jersey State Troopers along with police departments from across the United States are not happy with the half-time Super Bowl performance of Beyonce last week. According to reports, her production supported the #BlackLivesMatter and Black Panthers movements, two radical groups that are hostile towards police.
As reported by the Independent Journal, a letter penned to Commissioner Roger Goodell by New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association President Christopher Burgos states, “I should remind you, the NFL and Team Owners that NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster (photo) was brutally murdered by Black Panther member and convicted fugitive Joanne Chesimard in 1973 on the NJ Turnpike.”
The letter reads, in part:
“I must presume that the NFL stands by the message of that “performer,” that it is ok to agitate and if necessary, harm the police if a certain group in our society feel it justified. I allude specifically to the praising of the Black Panther movement, a group who as without shame assassinated dozens of law enforcement officers in this country. A group, even today, who calls for members of our society to rise up against the police and kill them in cold blood.
“I should remind you, the NFL and Team Owners that NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster was brutally murdered by Black Panther members and convicted fugitive Joanne Chesimard in 1973 on the NJ Turnpike. She has been given safe haven and is harbored in Cuba to this day by the Castro regime.”
On the other hand, Red Lobster executive are jumping with glee about their restaurant being mentioned in that same song despite the fact that the lyrics, When he f*** me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay, ” are vulgar. Red Lobster has reported their sales have surged as a result of that disgusting verse.