Thursday, June 6, 2013
Jeremy Knopf took over as school board liaison for the high school student government on Monday.
Livingston High School sophomore Jeremy Knopf took his seat alongside the Board of Education for the first time Monday as he began a year-long stint as the student representative to the board. Knopf will sit with the board and superintendent for the next year as the high school's board liaison, where he will act as the voice of the student body. He was elected to the position by the high school’s student government, where he has been an active member for years, and will take over the position from outgoing board liaison Mo Pasternak. “It’s been a couple years since they [the board members] have walked the high school halls, and I feel that if they’re making such crucial decisions for the lives of the students, what better perspective […
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Livingston residents will see two incumbents and one challenger on the November ballot contending for two seats on the board.
Two incumbents will contend against a new-comer for two seats in the Livingston Board of Education election in November. Board President Ronnie Spring and board member Leslie Winograd will both seek reelection. In addition, Arthur Altman will challenge the two incumbents for a spot on the board. The two seats on the board are for three-year terms. The school board election will be held on Nov. 5, the same date as the general election. Spring and Winograd, both elected in 2010, are the two longest serving members on the board. The end of their three-year terms will be slightly extended because the board voted to move the district's school board elections to November at the start of 2012. Winograd said the district has been through a lot …
Monday, June 3, 2013
The candidate nominating petition can be found in the photo gallery of this article.
The deadline for candidates to register for the Livingston Board of Education election this November is Tuesday. Candidates must submit a nominating petition in order to get their names on the November ballot. Petitions must be filled out by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, and delivered in person to the Essex County Clerk's Office, at 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 246, Newark. Regular hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. School-board nominating petitions for the November election cannot be submitted to the local school district office. There are two seats on the Livingston Board of Education, which come with three-year terms. The annual school election will be held on Nov. 5, the same date as the …
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Check out the stories that made headlines in Livingston this past week.
The Livingston School District has a new superintendent. The Board of Education appointed John Alfieri as district superintendent Monday night. Alfieri will have a five-year contract with an annual salary of $167,500. A local business is taking a sweet approach to fundraising for cancer research. Mayra Vargas, 20, has partnered with the localCinnabon in Livingston Mall, where she works, to raise as much money as they can to fund breast cancer research. Next time parents let their child stay home from school or write that tardy note, they should think twice. The Board of Education introduced changes at its Monday meeting to the district’s tardiness and absence policies at Livingston High School. Livingston’s youngest residents became …
Monday, May 20, 2013
John Alfieri, of Randolph, will begin in early July as current Superintendent Bard Draeger steps down.
The Livingston School District has a new superintendent. The Board of Education appointed John Alfieri as district superintendent Monday night. Alfieri will have a five-year contract with an annual salary of $167,500. After the board unanimously voted to appoint the new superintendent, Alfieri signed his contract and gave the pen he used to his son, Matthew. Alfieri, who will take over in the first few weeks of July, said he was excited to take over as superintendent in a district known for excellence. “There is a commitment here to every kid and it shows in all [the district’s] actions,” said Alfieri. “It feels good to be part of a district that I’ve always admired.” Alfieri, of Randolph, currently is serving as superintendent of the …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The board has changed the date to Jan. 23
Livingston's Board of Education announced its public special voting meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Livingston High School Auditorium.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The latest BOE candidates forum gives voters more insight as to who they are voting for.
On October 9, the Livingston Old Guard held a special forum featuring the candidates for this year's Board of Education election. The three candidates trying to secure one of the two open spots are Pamela Chirls, Dr. David Jasin and Soumitra Rathod. The candidates answered five questions, provided to them before the debate, and one question from the audience. Among the topics discussed was what they would like to see in the next superintendent, should current superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger decide not to renew his contract; the proposed referendum for $28 million of constructions; and what they see their roles being if elected and which issues are most pressing.
Friday, August 10, 2012
The 8/14 meeting will now be held on 8/21.
Board of Education Secretary Steven Robinson announced that the August 14 meeting of the Board of Education has been rescheduled to August 21 in acccordance with the requirements of P.L.1965, Chapter 231, Open Public Meetings Law. The meeting, which is a voting meeting, will now be held on Tuesday, August 21, at 4:15 p.m. in the Administration Building at 11 Foxcroft Drive.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The board discussed the results of their poll, along with the plans for the Alternate High School and weather for Thursday's graduation.
The Board of Education announced at their meeting on Monday that the 2012-13 calendar would not be undergoing any changes. However, the results of a poll conducted by the BOE showed that a change to winter break in 2013-14 and beyond would be welcomed. A poll was sent out by Livingston Public Schools to the families of students seeking parent input on the calendars. An accompanying letter indicated that the input was for future calendars and not for 2012-13. Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger announced that even though the poll conducted by the Board of Education showed that parents support shortening the February break by an almost 2:1 margin, he and the board believe that a change at this point would simply inconvenience more families …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Calendar controversy strikes as parents complain about a late end to the school year.
Before making any changes to the 2012-13 school calendar, the Livingston Board of Education decided on Monday that they would poll parents and faculty to determine the affects that the calendar has on summer plans. Dozens of concerned parents showed up to the meeting to hear the board’s discussion and many voiced their opposition to the current calendar, which has the 2012-13 school year ending on June 26. Many are concerned that the unusually late end to the school year will prevent children from being able to attend the first several days of summer camp. The board discussed the possibility of reducing winter break in February to just two days off rather than a full five. Led in the discussion by Superintendent Dr. Brad Draeger, the …