Montclair schools, township hold panel talk on education budget process

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The Montclair Board of Education, in partnership with state and township elected officials, conducted a panel talk on the school budget process at Trinity Presbyterian Church Monday night. The panelists included State Sen....

Montclair schools to take second look at student advocate position

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The Montclair school district said during a recent Board of Education meeting that it wouldn’t be able to hire a student advocate for the 2017-2018 school year. But after last Thursday night’s Civil...

Montclair Community Pre-K marks 20th anniversary

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Montclair Community Pre-K is marking its 20th anniversary this year. The entire school — past and current students, staff, and parents — was the grand marshal for this year’s Fourth of July Parade....

Teachers to Montclair BOE: We are here

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Monday night’s BOE meeting was a busy one. A large number of teachers, many sporting Montclair Education Association T-shirts and sweatshirts, were in attendance. Petal Robertson, MEA chair, explained to the board during the...

MHS students present BOE with list of concerns, suggestions for class offerings

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Montclair High School needs to better publicize its academic courses, some of its students say. But the school also needs to teach practical, life-based skills, like balancing a checkbook, figuring out car insurance...

Language arts memo comes under fire at Montclair BOE meeting

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news A memo concerning Montclair’s language arts program has come under fire from parents, due to perceptions that language arts teachers are being asked to teach short texts rather than novels in their...

Parents raise concern about nutrition in Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Hot dogs and soda don’t belong in schools, says one healthy-food advocate, who criticized the board of education at its Sept. 18 meeting for what he sees as a lack of effort...

Investigation continues into Hillside locker accident

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Montclair is continuing to investigate an incident in which a section of conjoined lockers fell on a Hillside student. The student had to be taken to the hospital following the Sept. 16 incident,...

Montclair school district apologizes for busing problems in first week of school

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news A rough start to the school year for Montclair’s bus-riding students prompted the school district to issue an apology to parents for schedule mishaps and missed pick-ups, among other problems. On Thursday, a...

Montclair BOE meeting sees concerns about staff morale, food service, locker safety

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Monday night’s board of education meeting showed signs that the 2017-2018 school year was getting off to a bumpy start in some regards. Two staff members reported that staff morale at the schools...