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HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Highlands Elementary Board of Education adopted their tentative 2011-2012 budget and authorized its submission to the Acting Executive County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools reported, “This Board of Education developed the 2011-2012 budget in accordance with the District’s Mission Statement to ensure that each student has the opportunity to become an independent and critical thinker on the path to becoming a life-long learner.” Through fiscally prudent budgetary practices, the District’s budget will decrease $99,128, or 2.7% from the 2010-2011 budget. The District has worked diligently for the past several months to identify cost saving measures, while preparing to develop a fiscally sound budget according to the mandates developed by the NJ Department of Education.
These efforts include entering into shared services agreements with the Hazlet Township School District to operate the business office, which will save the District over $60,000 annually. The current arrangement for interim superintendent services saves the District an additional $6,000 each month. Other cost saving measures contributed to a total budget reduction of $99,128. These combined savings will assist the District in providing the taxpayers of Highlands with a budget that is fiscally responsible, yet able to support the rigorous academic programs provided for our students.
“Our Board is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our students through a comprehensive educational program, while minimizing the impact on our taxpayers,” stated Karen Horner, Board of Education President.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Education released State aid figures for the 2011-2012 school year. Each school district in the State received a 20% return of the State aid cut in the prior year. “The Highlands Borough Board of Education has dedicated the full $38,401 in State aid increase to direct tax relief for our residents,” said Karen Horner, Board of Education President. A combination of the additional State aid and budgetary reductions will allow the District’s tax rate to remain stable with a projected minimal increase from 56 cents to 57.2 cents.
Next year’s operating budget is $3.6 million, a decrease of 2.7% from the current budget and almost $221,000 lower than last year’s 2009-10 budget. “We are going to operate next year with a budget that is almost 3% less than 2009-2010, while not compromising the integrity of the education provided to our students,” explained Dr. William O. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools.
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Middletown, NJ – The high-flying Middletown-based UltraTwisters Trampoline Team is home to seven United States National Trampoline Team members. Six of those UltraTwisters athletes traveled to the newly named US Olympic Training Site just outside Houston, Texas this past weekend on their first 2011 assignment representing the United States. Cody Gesuelli of Middletown, Audrey Ghanian of Holmdel, and Meghan O'Connell of Middletown were selected for the Junior National Trampoline Team. Two brothers from Atlantic Highlands, Jeffrey and Steven Gluckstein, and team mate Sean Kennedy of Middletown will compete this year as members of the Senior Trampoline Team.
(Back row left to right) Jeffrey Gluckstein (18), Sean Kennedy (23), Steven Gluckstein (20)
(Front Row) Cody Gesuelli (12), Audrey Ghanaian (15), Meghan O'Connell (13)
The three-day camp, the first this season for the US national team, included three daily workouts along with the other national team members from all over the country.
Ultra Twisters Head Coach Tatiana Kovaleva, four-time World Trampoline Champion, and Assistant Coach Kyle Bowen, former US Team Member and Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Resident Athlete, were among the coaches invited to the training camp.
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Thirty-three talented performing artists will take the stage at the Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 as the third annual "Sounds of the Highlands Jr." Concert showcases the very best professional and aspiring young musicians in the Monmouth County area.
Participating artists auditioned in January and have been working with voice and movement coaches under the direction of Laura DuBois. A professional back-up band composed of David Paul Crowton, Jim Mizell, and Geoff Hipschman will accompany vocalists.
Tickets for Sounds of the Highlands Jr. are reasonably priced, making this concert a perfect opportunity for families to enjoy live music together.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children age 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to purchase at the intermission. The concert will be filmed by video artist Robert O'Connor, and DVDs may be ordered.
The concert is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.
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FAIR HAVEN, NJ - the Greater Red Bank Church Women United Unit will celebrate Human Rights Day at Fisk Chapel AME in Fair Haven on Fisk St. at 11am on March 4th. Everyone is welcome to attend. This year’s theme for Church Women United is “Living the Legacy, Driving the Movement” and refers to the 70 years that Church Women United has been living the legacy of our founding mothers, and the need for us to continue to “drive” the movement. Recognizing the individuals who have worked tirelessly for the cause of Human Rights is the key to this celebration. We all have people in our communities who have been committed to lifting up the cause of peace and justice in many different ways.
The Greater Red Bank Unit is proud to recognize The Reverend Dr. Henry P. Davis, Jr. Dr. Davis presently serves as the Senior Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands, NJ. He has been pastor at St. Paul’s since July 1973. Dr. Davis has developed programs of evangelism, missions, education and stewardship. Dr. Davis has served as Moderator of the Seacoast Missionary Baptist Association on three different occasions. He is presently First Vice Moderator-at-large of the Moderators’ Auxiliary7 of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Pastor Davis holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University and the Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Dr. Davis is a veteran of Korea where he served as a Ground Radio Operator. He has served in several civilian capacities with the Air Force and Department of Army. He is a member of several community organizations in Monmouth County. He has received numerous awards from social and civic organizations. He is a Life Member of the NAACP. He was inducted into the Morehouse College, Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers on April 2, 2009. He is married to Dolores Ryan of New Carrolton, Maryland. They are the parents of tem adult children and 22 grandchildren.
After our celebration we will continue with a light lunch. Everyone is invited to help us honor and celebrate Human Rights!
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Newspaper columnist Michael Riley will preach at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the First Presbyterian Church.
His sermon title will be "A Way out of Hell," which will focus on the ways we keep ourselves from experiencing God's love and how to find it.
Riley is an ordained minister and a regular preacher at the church. He is also an author and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press, and his weekly Press column,"Only Human," appears on Fridays.
Riley will continue his popular "mystery bag" children's sermon series when youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a small personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. He then picks one bag and creates a children's message from its contents.
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