Watchung Field work won’t happen this summer, BOE says

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsWatchung Field’s long-anticipated overhaul has been postponed.Due to incomplete paperwork, district officials rejected the only bid received for the Watchung Field construction and expansion.The announcement that construction would not occur over the...
special education report

Special education report sees rise in out-of-district-placements

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsAlthough the overall number of special education students dropped last school year, the district saw an increase in the number of students it sent out-of-district, and with it, an increase in money...

Teachers honored at BOE meeting

By ERIN ROLLroll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair school district paid tribute to 16 teachers and staff at last Wednesday evening’s board of education meeting.The staff members had all been selected to receive the Governor’s Educator of the...

Montclair parents report being charged for school lunches their children didn’t buy

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair Public Schools’ central office claims that the school district has a six-figure lunch balance deficit.But many parents say that the balance is inflated because families are being repeatedly billed for...

Montclair schools hold think tank to discuss health and sex education curriculum

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsHow should Montclair be teaching its students about health and sexuality?The school district is in the process of overhauling its curriculum for health and sexual education.As part of that process, the...
health

Montclair schools debate health waiver, bus aide cuts on eve of state budget address

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair School district is facing the prospect of having to fill a $1.5 million budget hole. During Monday’s meeting, the board discussed several possible ideas, none of them particularly desirable, for...

Gifted and talented program to come up for review in Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsIs Montclair’s gifted and talented program meeting the needs of students? Do all gifted students have a chance of getting into the program?The school district hopes to find these answers over the...

Montclair Community Pre-K plans new playground

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair Community Pre-K could have a new outdoor play space by next fall.The pre-school community has decided that its existing playground is in need of a makeover and hopes to have...

$2 million for school repairs approved

 By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair Board of School Estimate approved a $2 million bond for staircase repairs and asbestos removal at Montclair High School Tuesday night, Jan. 15.The five-person board - Mayor Robert Jackson, council...

Montclair Education Association: Budget has surplus, not deficit

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe Montclair Education Association is questioning the Board of Education’s claim of a $2.2 million budget hole for the 2019-2020 school year. A recent New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) audit of Montclair’s...