Manalapan-Englishtown K-8 Adds Days Lost from Sandy

Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21) and President’s Day (Feb. 18) will now be open for school within the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School district.

Like the Freehold Regional High School District, the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District (MERS) must make-up days lost during the time off taken as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Currently, Governor Chris Christie and the Department of Education have no intention of waiving the 180-day requirement for school’s calendars causing districts to scramble to make up lost days.

The MERS Board of Education approved an amended calendar at their Tuesday night meeting which turns two originally scheduled days off into regular school days. Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21) and President’s Day (Feb. 18) will now be open for school within the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School district.

After discussing the possibility of taking some days off of spring break, the Board decided to adhere to the original calendar which stipulates that any additional days missed due to inclement weather would be tacked on to the end of the school year.

As of right now the 2012-2013 school calendar ends on Wednesday, June 26. However, the potential of more days added in June exists if snow days are taken this winter.

Joiseymom November 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Since those 2 days were only for basically 3 day weekends, we can pretty much say it won't be a problem. Those that still need it off will have to request it in time and they will have the substitutes needed. But since you obviously can't let the matter go, you should attend the next BOE meeting and ask Mr Marciante himself and see what they say. He has stated there will be no school in July (umm...someone else stated that before too, oh yes, it was me!!). So for snow days, the last two days of June, and possibly Spring Break which has 5 days (the HS will be using m-th of spring break for snow days). If you are looking for some sort of guarantee of what teachers and bus drivers are going to do, don';t hold your breath, since no one can provide that for you.
Michelle Ranieri November 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
They better get those kids air conditions! They are gonna melt in school. You would think that with all the taxes we pay in Manalapan that the schools would be air conditioned!!
gjc November 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
When you were a kid, were your schools air-conditioned? I'll also bet that you weren't allowed to wear shorts, tank tops and sneakers either. They're kids. They'll manage. Stop molly-coddling our kids or we will have nothing but wooses when they are adults.
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
They don't need air conditioners! Geez...if your child needs it for medical reasons, the get a doctors note and switch to Wemrock. They won't melt...they will be hot and sweat, and they will change the days to 1/2 instead of full if need be. I never had AC growing up, and neither did any of my schools. And my schools were 2 - 3 floors not one level only. Kids are tough stop molly coddling them! Besides if they need those last 2 days in June, what difference do those last 2 days matter vs the rest of the month of June? Would you rather they not go to school in June at all and go instead in August?? Pick your poison.
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
My information is rational thinking and common sense. If we need those spring break days for snow days, unless it is last minute, then staff that needs the time off will have to request it ahead of time, unless they all decide last minute to call in sick?? Teachers just can't ask for time off, I don't think it works like that. If they have vacations they might have to cancel them, since I haven't read their contract (oh, they don't have a current one do they), I honestly don't know how it will work exactly. There will be a bigger problem with kids not being in school vs teachers and support staff and bus drivers. And not enough kids in school mean no funding.
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
The BOE makes very hot days 1/2 days, or they have in the past. And as you said, not much is really going on the last week of school. They explained the reason why they didn't have school last week, did you read the letter? I know I had issues getting around town, I have no idea how the school buses would have done it, plus they had staffing problems. Either way, what is done is done we now need to deal and move on. Wow...you do realize the only difference between our calendar and Marlboro's was three days?? They started school one day earlier then us, they weren't scheduled to be off all of "Jersey Week". So three days is all the difference. But, they are now in the same boat we are, since they were out of school both weeks also. You do realize that the superintendent doesn't make these decisions on his own?? We have a board of education, and they with the super decide the calendar. Have you ever gone to a BOE meeting to give input? It might be more useful then here. Oh, and on a side note, if you love the calendar at Marlboro and how they do things there so much better, why don't you just move to Marlboro?? And btw, the originial Manalapan Calendar had our kids scheduled to be in school on the Mon and Weds of the NJEA week originally, it was then changed since they decided that alot of kids aren't there to begin with so they changed the calendar.
Magichat45 November 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
We can all sit here and make arguments one way or the other but the bottom line is Christie should have made an executive decision to reduce the amount of days to 175 this year. It would solve this issue for the majority of the districts in our state adn still keep our kids safe. Right now the rest of this year is in flux becuase we do not know how many snow days we will need. What I am afraid of is that school will not be cancelled for days that the probably should be. In past years schools have closed for snow days that we all know probably know weren't necessary. My hope is that they dont reverse course and send kids out in dangerous conditions. By eliminating 5 days from the calender we can solve this. This is what is being done in NY.
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Monday, November 12th, 2012 November 12, 2012 MEETINGS NOTICE November, 2012 The Manalapan/Englishtown Regional Board of Education will hold its Committee of the Whole/Regular Board Meetings as follows: Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday November 27th at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held at The Pine Brook School 155 Pease Road, Manalapan The following items will be discussed and/or acted on: • Instructional and non-instructional matters, and • Any and all other business which may properly come before the Board. The Board of Education meetings are open to the public and your attendance is welcomed and encouraged. Action may be taken. Portions of these meetings may be closed to the public for the purposes of discussing: • Personnel • Negotiations • Litigation FOR THE BOARD, Veronica Wolf Business Administrator/Board Secretary WOw..finding this info was so hard for me...(took about 30 seconds)!
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Yes, we have 3 days there...we always did, even with the first calendar if I remember correctly. If you want something to be different, then do something, don't complain on a message board. Go to the meetings. You don't want to be in the same room as him, because of standards?? Wow, you aren't to smart are you?? Again, he doesn't make all the decisions himself, he has a board and they vote. You know what voting is don't you?? If you were interested enough in the meetings you could find the info, it isn't hidden anywhere. And it is not up to the schools to tell you when the meetings are. And back to those 2 days that we were scheduled to have off, the Monday and Wed. Those two days were orginally supposed to be off for an extra day for Presidents week for a four day weekend, and an extra day for April for Spring Break. So, they missed two weeks of school, and those days would still have to be made up. It doesn't matter when they were off, the schools were closed because of the storms/buses, whatever. It's done. If you want something different to be done then make noise at the meetings, not here. I guess your standards aren't high enough for you to really care to make a difference. If they were, then you would be making time to go to meetings and having your voice heard, or better yet, running for the board to really make a difference. Have fun with your "standards".
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I agree, Christie should have done that, as they did in NY. If we have a bad winter, he may have to, or should.
Manalaparent November 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Christie has done the right thing. School is 180 days. If anything it should be more, not less. What he did do wrong is not demanding that schools open. NO CONFERENCE - SCHOOLS OPEN. And he should change the conference in the first place. Either 1 - Make it mandatory (none of this on vacation crap). 2 - Change it to be over the summer or on a weekend (why should the kids miss school for it) I know of no other profession where workers can schedule a conference, get paid for the day and go to Disney World instead.
Manalaparent November 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
You are all for less school, and half days in the summer. You call that school? I wish I was your kid. I'm done with you. You keep defending a man who has blatently showed favoritism toward certain schools and parents in the district (I had proof and the BOE did nothing!). He did not listen to the Governor. He did not listen to the commissionor of education. He lied (or hid the facts) to the parents. He held a meeting to change the calendar after this without any communication to the parents so we could attend. You want to be on his side, enjoy. Marry him if you want. I'm done with you.
Joiseymom November 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM
LOL, where am I all for less school? I wouldn't complain if my kids had school all year round! And I am not for 1/2 days in the summer..that is what they schools do when they feel it is too hot. I went to school in the heat, I have no problems if my kids do. I understand the importance of a quality education, believe me I have for for that for all my kids for 25 years. I wish the education here was better then it was. Since the man as you call him, Mr. Marciante, I feel is doing the best he can. Is he great, no, but he is better then what they are dealing with over at FRHSD. But again, it isn't just him, it is the BOE also. More then one person to blame here. I am not in his shoes in charge of the several thousand children he had to get safely to school, and we are not the only district in NJ that didn't have school for 2 weeks. So I will let this one go. You obviously have a grudge against the man. What favoritisn is showing towards certain schools and parents? I am going to guess that you are a parent at Milford and are upset about the late start time there?? If you really want to know about a meeting, that everyone knew was going to happen very quickly (was it open to the public), then you should have made it your business to call and find out when it was happening. Why should teachers give up a weekend or their summer (when most work another job since t hey are paid enough as teachers)? If you have an issue with the conf. take it up with the NJEA.
Nj mom November 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Why would you bring Milford up in this conversation? It must be a Milford parent because someone is ticked at our superintendent? Not cool.. Even though they have every right to be ticked at him because he flat out lied to them.
Manalaparent November 16, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I'm done with this thread. Right or not I feel he did not act as he should have. Decisions were made too quickly, for the wrong reasons and other reasons were given too late. If you don't want to agree with me, you don't have to. But on the record....I am NOT a Milford parent. Other parents at others schools also have issues with him. Milford is not the only ones who have reasons to be ticked. Maybe there is a pattern that needs to be addressed? Some people might want to open their eyes a bit more.


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