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News in brief: Laptop Upcycle receives grant

HackNCraftNJ/Laptop Upcycle recently received a $3,000 grant from The Montclair Foundation. Laptop Upcycle gives high quality laptops and free WiFi to those who need them, and has a group of volunteers working in Laptop...

Two staircases, all floors accessible for Montclair High’s opening day

BY ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsMontclair High School will have at least two of its four staircases rebuilt in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.With the completion of the two staircases, students and staff...
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Montclair student honored for work on air quality project

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsEeshan Tripathii and his prototype for a low-cost ductless air filtration system has been named as a finalist for the Children’s Climate Prize, a Swedish-based contest for students trying to find solutions...
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Montclair schools expect increase in health benefits, personnel expenditures

The Montclair school district may be spending up to seven percent more on total personnel expenses, including salaries and health benefits, for the 2020-2021 school year.

Inside Montclair schools’ restorative justice program

by TINA KELLEY for Montclair LocalIn four schools in Montclair, students participated in activities called “restorative justice” for the past school year, as part of the district’s effort to reduce suspensions, build community, and prevent...
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Montclair BOE talks homework, equity policies

Montclair’s homework policy and the district’s equity policy were two of the main items discussed during Wednesday night’s Board of Education meeting at the George Inness Annex. At the start of the meeting, a group...
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Montclair graduation venue sets off debate in community

By ERIN ROLL and LINDA MOSS roll@montclairlocal.news moss@montclairlocal.newsWho is a Mountie?By one definition, it’s anyone who has crossed the footbridge over Toney’s Brook in the amphitheater on Park Street to receive a Montclair High School diploma....

Montclair schools to take second look at student advocate position

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe 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...
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Educator privacy, DACA come up for discussion at Montclair BOE meeting

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsThe national discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Dream Act came back to the local level on Feb. 7, as the board of education discussed a resolution concerning...
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Kendra Johnson discusses vision for Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.newsOn Friday, May 4, Kendra Johnson was into her fourth day as Montclair’s new superintendent of schools.And so far, it’s been going well, Johnson said.“The adjustment has been quite smooth, being that...