GCN ARCHIVES (1948-2005)Pupil Enrollment in Gloucester City Public Schools Continues to Decline (11-20-1980)
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Pupil Enrollment in Gloucester City Public Schools Continues to Decline
by Connie L. Cleary
Gloucester City News November 20, 1980
Dr. Thomas W. Sykes, school superintendent, reported to the Gloucester City Board of Education at their Tuesday, November 11 meeting that the enrollment for October was 2171 or 150 less than the same month last year when the total was 2321.
In other business, the board received bids for a school bus from three different companies, all of which were referred to the property committee for further study. The bids ranged from a low of $12,500 for a 16-passenger bus to a high of $21,900 for a 54-passenger bus.
At last month's meeting, it was announced that the school district had received a grant of $53,000 to purchase a bus. It was also mentioned that since transportation contracts had already been awarded, the board was uncertain where the bus would be used this year. "However," stated one board member, "because of the high cost of transportation, the bus will save the district money in the future."
Herbert Zane of Gloucester Heights was appointed as a custodian at a rate of $10,400 to replace James Tyre, who recently passed away. The board awarded the contract for lime, fertilizer, and seed to Home' N Turf Center of Vineland for a low bid of $1,308.
Mrs. Jackie Hale, director of Adult School, announced that a $3,000 grant was received, which will be used to expand the basic skills at P & B Beauty School at night and develop English as a second language class.
The Board approved the athletic schedules for boys and girls basketball, along with the schedule for the bowling team
High School Principal Ralph Bracken, reported that the second marking period would end on Friday, December 5, and the report card will be issued on December 12. All schools will close for Thanksgiving recess on Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28.
Bills totaling $155,254 for the month of October were paid.