School budget first draft, including staff cuts, approved

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsMontclair school district’s preliminary $127 million budget will result in the elimination of 14 part-time paraprofessional jobs. Cuts to 10 full-time teachers has been decreased to six.The Board of Education approved the...
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School officials ‘deeply disappointed’ in modest state aid increase

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsMontclair's schools will get an increase in state aid for the 2019-2020 school year, but it isn't much.The school district will receive $7,605,632 in aid this year, according to data posted on...

Threat of paraprofessional cuts worry parents

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsFamilies of students who have paraprofessionals as aides have been notified that the district could be moving from a one-to-one model to a shared model, Montclair school officials said. During budget discussions,...

Montclair High School graduation will be held in amphitheater, district says

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsIt’s back to the amphitheater for Montclair High School's graduation.The ceremony will take place in its traditional venue on the school grounds on June 26, weather permitting.Montclair school officials expected the amphitheater...

Montclair hopes for more one-to-one laptop use in schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsMontclair hopes to one day outfit every student in the district with a school-issued laptop for classroom work and homework, starting in fifth grade.That was one of the ongoing projects discussed during...

Montclair schools could cut teacher, paraprofessional jobs to fill budget hole

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsA $2.2 million Montclair school district budget shortfall could translate to 10 teaching positions and at least 10 part-time paraprofessionals being cut.The Montclair Board of Education held a special budget meeting on...

Montclair township council approves school bond

The Township Council approved a $4,859,950 bond for school district-wide capital projects at its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 19.The list of repairs includes:Security improvements district-wide; Pre-K: heating plant repointing/bunker structure, improvements to the...

Parents concerned with losing part of playground to Watchung Field expansion

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsParents are concerned over Watchung Field repairs and its expansion, which may take away a portion of the neighboring school playground.Of Montclair’s priority projects, Watchung Field, used for recreation and scholastic lacrosse...
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Montclair schools facing $2.2 million budget shortfall

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair school district is going into the 2019-2020 budget season with a $2.2 million shortfall ahead of them.The district presented some of the preliminary numbers of the $127,771,663 budget during the...

New Jersey students can use PARCC scores, SATs or portfolios to graduate

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsNew Jersey has agreed to allow high school students to choose one of three pathways for graduation, at least for current juniors and seniors, after a state Supreme Court ruling found that...