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MERS Schools Closed Entire Week

Schools will reopen on Monday, Nov. 12.

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional Schools will remain closed during the week of Nov. 5 through Nov. 9, according to the district website.

Superintendent John J. Marciante announced that even though the State Commissioner of Education recommended that districts take advantage of the cancellation of the NJEA Convention by holding classes on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9 that is not possible for the MERS district due to the lack of staffing for transportation.

All schools within the MERS district will officially reopen on Monday, Nov. 12.

Manalaparent November 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Ok everyone. I think we would ALL agree that Atlantic City got hit by the storm a lot worse than Manapalan. Somehow they opened TODAY. Same for Ocean City. Long Branch (also hit harder than us) is doing their best to open at the end of this week, and are evaluating the situation daily to make the decision. If they can open, so can we. http://www.acboe.org/ http://www.oceancityschools.org/ http://www.longbranch.k12.nj.us/cms/lib3/NJ01001766/Centricity/Domain/4/School%20Letter%20to%20Families.pdf
Realisticmomandteacher November 05, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Frustrated parent...how exactly are our hands tied by teachers I other districts ?
ManalapanMomofThree November 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Pine Brook does not have A/C - my daughter was coming home sick in the beginning of Sept because of the heat. If forced to attend school in July - they will need A/C or students will need to attend a different school - i'm not sending my daughter into Pine Brook in July. I agree that Marciante is incompetent.
Manalaparent November 05, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Are hands could be tied when teachers from other districts post here and try to influence those from this town. If we are going to consider other towns, then we should consider the ones closest to us. Like the ones we share high schools with such as Marlboro, Colts Neck and Howell, all of which are trying to go back in. If we are going to use schools further away then follow the example of ones that were hit hard than us, like Atlantic City and Long Branch. Plain and simple, according to Marciante, we are closed for ONLY one reason. That reason is buses and that is NOT a reason to close. If it was power, or shelters or safety or something like that, I would back him 100%. But it is NOT. It is buses. And buses is the lamest reason to close the schools. We could open, without question.
Realisticmomandteacher November 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I must have failed to note frustrated parent..that I LIVE in Manalapan...for over 20 years. My children have been students here their entire lives...one successfully graduating and the other still in High School. I would not be randomly posting unless the matter was close to heart. I completely support our school system as well as the administrators and staff...and support staff. I for one, am glad my tax dollars are well spent.
ManalapanMom&Teacher November 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
@FrustratedParent - My father is a teacher in OldBridge, a neighboring town, which is also remaining closed (as scheduled, like Manalapan) all week. Half of OldBridge is still without power and again, so was half of Manalapan as of yesterday. Your frustration and the energy used to complain is directed in the wrong place. Why not take advantage of the time off and take your kids to volunteer somewhere that was hard hit. Then your kids can create a report or presentation to bring back to school with all they learned and saw from this disaster. I am sure any teacher would welcome the report, and if they go to my school, I would commend them for it.
Joiseymom November 05, 2012 at 07:26 PM
HUGS! I am so sorry you were hit so hard. You have my prayers.
Joiseymom November 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Our children will not be in school in July. They will take away Winter and Spring break first. And I heard that LI at least got an exemption, and they don't need to make up the 5 days, and 175 days are fine. I have a feeling that will happen here too.
Joiseymom November 05, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Well said!!
Magichat45 November 05, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Realistiomandreacher. Thank you for agreeing with me. People tend not to look at the big picture but rather at what is best for them. People remember the schools were scheduled to be off these days for a year. It would be another story if these days weren't scheduled. If you do not have the resources then you can't open. It is really that simple. I have heard from some teachers in the town who know this to be true. The point of sending your kids to school is to learn they are not a babysitting service. I don't need my children just sitting in school wasting time. I agree with a previous poster that time would be better spent with your children volunteering at a shelter or delivering much needed goods to those in need. That is what my daughter and I did yesterday. We delivered clothes and food to Staten Island and to shelters in Brick. My daughter today is again helping out in a shelter on Brick. That experience is more educational then sitting in a classroom watching Shrek for the 50th time. He poster that mentioned East Windsor schools and splitting the days between schools might be the dumbest decision by a school district that I heard. If you think those kids are learning anything these next few days I have a bridge I can sell you.
Manalaparent November 05, 2012 at 08:01 PM
People need to stop talking about power, and safety etc. I said before and I will say it again, I am 100% with our schools being closed for those reasons. But they are not. Read the website, it says "the lack of staffing for our buses makes it impossible to transport all our students." It gives no other reason. We are not closing for those reasons. We a closing because of the buses. That is the only reason we were given, and that is not a valid reason. Schools will be going in July. We just used 5 snow days, and we only built in 3. The calendar already said "they will be added to the end". Even if they could remove other days off, there aren't that many. Not much give, and then those parents who booked vacations will complain then. Chris Christie has already said that we will not waive the 180 day clause. He has told the schools to figure out a way to make up the day. He URGED the schools to open this week and commended the union for cancelling the conference. My kid should not have to go to school in July because a few bus drivers aren't around to work, and Marciante does not know how to figure it out. Other schools are TRYING. Berkly heights for example, no busing, no lunch. Schools are going half days some AM and some PM. And since there is no power in some schools, they are reporting to other schools http://www.bhpsnj.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=470&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=4647&PageID=1
Manalaparent November 05, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Seriously? You are going to say that it is ok because the schools were already closed this week? EVERY SCHOOL IN NJ was closed THURSDAY AND FRIDAY and the majority of them are now opening. And my kids have a MUCH BETTER chance of them learning something this week even for a half day, then they would the last week in June and the first week in July. When they have school on Thursday June 27th or Monday July 1st what do you think they will be doing? I think that will be much more of a waste of time. The point is so many other districts are trying to do something. Ours didn't do a thing. As for the dumbest decision made by a school district, I'll give them to you. Having this week off in the first place on the calendar. Not opening this week because of a few lousy buses. Not following what the Governor has asked for. Expecting the kids to go to school in the heat of the summer (last week in June and first wee in July). Allowing Marciante to get away with this nonsense. Get to reality people, kids being out of school for 2 weeks solid is not good. Kids going to school while their friends have all started camp is not good. School not opening this week because of buses is stupid. Stop making excuses. Someone please explain to me why it is ok to leave the schools closed because of inability to bus the kids. No other reasons, just that one, since that was the only one we were given. Go ahead and justify it.
Joiseymom November 05, 2012 at 08:46 PM
There are plenty of days left. We have Dec 26, 27, 28, 31 (4 days). Feb 18 (5 days). March 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (10 days total). And there is always June 27 and 28. Will parents be happy with that? Umm...nope, they won't. Either way there will be very few kids in school and they will lose funding no matter what happens. I guess the next school board meeting will be interesting.
Manalaparent November 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Dec 26, 27, 28 and 31 are no good. Do you really think they will open between Christmas and new years? Nope. March 25th and 26th are out for the first 2 nights of the passover religious observation and the 29th is good Friday so no good on that either. I doubt they will open in the middle of the week for March 27th and 28th, and split spring break like that. So that leaves Feb 18. So 1 day available, not 10. We took 5 days, so that covers the last week in June that were the built in days plus the 27 and 28. What do we have left, the 1 day I just mentioned. As soon as we get a 2nd real snow day, hello school on July 1st. What people seem to not understand is that my frustration is around the reason we are closed. The Governor and the Commissioner of education said to open. Other schools are opening. Other schools have similar issues with transportation, yet they are opening. They figured out how to do it. Why can't we. To me, this is all about the reason we are closed. It is ridiculous reason and not worthy of my kids going to school in the heat of the summer with no AC in the schools or on the buses. I feel like they either didn't try to investigate ways to open without buses, or they lied to us about the reason.
Joiseymom November 05, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Yes, they can open the schools that week in Dec if need be. Yes they can have school the first two nights of Passover. Not many Orthodox are going to public schools, and if that were the case, they would never be open the last two days of Passover either, but schools have been. And they have split spring break before out here, I know, I was here. They are all valid options. And yes there is June 27 and 28. Oh wow, no AC?? I don't know how old you are, but I went to school without any AC ever, and they were schools with more then one story, and no elevators, kids used stairs, and I had no ac in my home at all. And ya know what?? We all survived. I don't see school going into July, they wouldn't have any students, even if the teachers were forced to show up. Use some common sense. Yes, if power is in town, then yes, they should have school from Weds - Friday. Will that happen?? Doubtful. SO go tomorrow and vote out all the current members of the BOE and start going to meetings and see what they plan on doing about it.
Realisticmomandteacher November 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Agreed joiseymom. And during the winter break...and spring break...what if FAMILIES ..not to mention those awful teachers who dare go away during convention week happen to have plane tickets and VACATION plans. Shall we ask all those people to reschedule ? All of you complaining....go do something worthwhile with your kids while you have the time.
ManalapanMomofThree November 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I never had AC in school but never went to school past the second week in June. This week off was completely uneccessary - just so overpaid teachers and administrators can go on vacation. The transportation excuse was BS - the truth will come out soon!!
Manalaparent November 06, 2012 at 12:19 AM
@Realisticmomandteacher, yes, as per Joiseymom, those people with vacation plans during winter break and spring break will have to reschedule. Joiseymom thinks it is fine and realistic to conduct schools those days. I can't wait to see the uproar when they decide to open schools on Dec 27, 28 and 29th. And stop telling me to go do something worthwhile. You don't know the first thing about me and have no right to imply anything about what I do or don't do with my children. All you know about me is that I am passionate parent that wants their child in school this week like most other schools and per the recommendation of the Governor and commissioner of education for the state (but apparently you and our superintendent know better right?).
Realisticmomandteacher November 06, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I am sorry frustratedparent...you are taking my comments very PERSONALLY...as in when I say...ALL of you complaining...go do something worthwhile...you seem to think it is directed only at you..it is not. I am responding to these postings as a whole unless otherwise indicated. But to respond to you, i do NOT know your superintendent, nor do I preach to "know better" . I am merely stating REALITY ...yes, we are all sadly inconvenienced that our children are out of school , but many are missing the big picture. DISASTER. LOSS. GRIEVING..RECOVERY...REBUILDING . Like our wonderful Governor who has previously buried NJ overpaid teachers ,but has finally risen to the occasion in the wake of this HORRIFIC disaster, I would like nothing better than to have been in my classroom rather than have this catastrophe fall upon us. I was thankful to have lost power for only five days and witnessed this town pull together to help and support one another. If school DOES open this week, terrific and best of luck. I must however at this time excuse myself from this thread, I have some last minute packing for an early flight tomorrow to Florida.
Joiseymom November 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Overpaid teachers?? LOL, what planet do you live on?? Our teachers are not overpaid at all. The administrators yes, the teachers no. The majority of them to a wonderful job. And btw, we usually have off 2-3 days this week, and most parents take their kids out of school to go on vacation, which is why they decided to close.
Joiseymom November 06, 2012 at 01:56 AM
They won't have to reschedule, they will keep their kids out, and attendance will be low. Is it fine? No, but it is what it is. I am being realistic about the days off. What uproar?? LIke this?? LOL?? Either be home and send your kids or don't the choice is yours.
larry marantz November 06, 2012 at 04:08 AM
some of you have too much free time. My 3 kids have had tickets to see grandma for months this week. There will never be school in July either....The days will be made up. No "relevant" school work would have have been done this week But I do agree that this Supt is horrible. Look what they did to Mr Simon
Manalaparent November 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Never be school in July? Have you looked at the Calendar? Where are these days going to come from? I see 2, maybe 3 days we can use. We just used 2 of them. If we have 2-3 snow days, welcome July. I am hoping I am wrong, I really do. But this risk would be much lower if we at least found a way to get in one or 2 days this week.
Manalaparent November 06, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I don't think our teacher are overpaid, please don't lump me in that group, and this thread has nothing to do with that. @Joiseymom - how can you say "most parents take their kids out of school". Let's go with your logic, assume you are right and some parents went on vacation. But how can we? We don't know. Did Marciante set up some way for parents to provide feedback? Did so many come back and say no, we are away, please don't open schools? And even if he didn't do that, don't all of the other districts that are now opening on Thu and Fri have the same problem with some kids missing school and being away? I would rather have school now, then in July, plain and simple. If you say we won't go in July, and we will take other days, then we have the same issue with some kids and teachers being away then. A lot go away on winter break and spring break. A lot even go away on weekends like MLK and Pres Day. So making the kids go on those days leaves us with the same problems as now. Someone is going to be upset. Those board meetings will be fun with the parents and teachers fighting to not give up those days. Someone loses. Makes sense to me to go now since it still gives us a cushion for snow later (and use those days if we must) As for the teachers, Monday was an in-service day. They will have no choice but to go in July. Do you really think they will close schools another day for the children so just the teachers can go in? There just aren't enough days.
Manalapan Resident November 06, 2012 at 12:19 PM
You are all blaming the wrong people. Remember the superintendent originally said they were contacting the TEACHERS to see of they could get enough back in. Clearly they could not. The TESCHERRS are the problem, not the bus driver. Almost every teacher I know is currently out of town. They know they can not be forced back in. Do you really think they are true teachers? This is the only profession which you can refuse to do your job once you are off the clock. If I told my boss I couldn't /wouldn't do something because it was not working hours I would be FIRED
Manalaparent November 06, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I hope you are not right. #1 - We were told it was the bus drivers. The web site even said so. If Marciante lied to cover the teachers then I want him out. #2 - I know the conference is not mandatory, but I still think it is wrong for teachers to go out of town. At my company I have the "option" to go to one conference annually, do you really think they would let me pick one and then just not go and go on vacation instead? #3 - All of the other districts have the same problem with teacher off, but they are making it work, why can't we? #4 - If I was a bus drivers and this got pinned on me, I would go ballistic, Marciante has a lot of nerve blaming them. I said it before and I will say it again and again. The only reason we were told for the closing was buses. There are ways around getting the kids into schools if this in fact is the only reason. It is not safety, it is not power, it is not roads closed, it is not schools used as shelters, it is not inability to get teachers in, it is not an over abundance of students on vacation. We were told BUSES and ONLY BUSES. Are people really ok with letting their kids miss school simply because of buses? Everyone here seems to make other comments, and other excuses. They don't count in my book, no matter how valid they are (and I agree with a lot of them). Unless I am told otherwise, the closing is because of BUSES, and that is not an acceptable reason to keep schools closed and I can't believe anyone else thinks it is.
Joiseymom November 07, 2012 at 05:58 PM
@Larry You are talking about the wrong super. Yes, I agree both Mers and FRHSD super. are really bad. But the FRHSD was the one that screwed Mr. Simon.
Joiseymom November 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
THis is from MERS: http://manalapan.nj.schoolwebpages.com/education/page/download.php?fileinfo=SHVycmljYW5lX1NhbmR5LnBkZjo6Oi93d3c3L3NjaG9vbHMvbmovbWFuYWxhcGFuL2ltYWdlcy9kb2NtZ3IvNTJmaWxlNzkxNy5wZGY=&sectiondetailid=155
Joiseymom November 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@Frustrated Parent: It is not wrong for teachers to go out of town, who are we to dictate to them how use their time off. IF you are upset, then go after the State DOE and have them make the conference mandatory. Do not blame the teachers. Seriously! Marlboro is also closed this week and aren't reopening.
Joiseymom November 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Well for the HS, which needed to make up 7 days, they used the 3 snow days, MLK day, 2 days from Presidents weekend, 1 day from spring break. So, we can make the assumption that MERS will use the 3 snow days, 1 MLK and 1 from Presidents weekend. So all days are made up, and if we have snow days, there goes spring break. Chances are when we get snow, we are going to have more delayed openings then cancellations.

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