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State approves school program for next year

The state Department of Education approved the Lenape Regional High School District’s principal evaluation program, and it is slated to save the district $15,000, according to Heather Xenakis, director of curriculum and instruction.

Originally, the district was going to implement an “off-the-shelf” program, which would have been costly.

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According to Xenakis, the district was given the chance to submit its own evaluation practices, which needed state approval.

The state approved the district’s program recently, allowing preparation for use during the 2013–2014 school year.

The state is currently overhauling the entire evaluation system for teachers and administrators, which will be employed in the fall.

To learn more about AchieveNJ for teachers, visit www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/teacher/rfq.shtml.

In other news:
•The LRHSD “U Got Brains Champion Schools Program,” Heads Up! Eyes Forward campaign was recognized for its achievement.
The team, comprised of students from all four district high schools, was awarded the top honor, taking home $10,000 toward prom and a driving simulator.

“Winning the competition is very exciting because it validates all of the hard work that our students performed on the Heads Up, Eyes Forward! campaign throughout the school year,” said John Donaldson, LRHSD director of Television Services in a district release.

“It was a great opportunity to grow as an individual, learning communications and public relations skills, while also helping to get out an incredibly important message to drivers in New Jersey and beyond,” Lenape High School senior Matt McGrorty said.

Highlights of Lenape Regional’s winning campaign included a partnership with the state Department of Transportation spearheaded by McGrorty, whose persistence resulted in a visit to Lenape High School from NJDOT Executive Director of Transportation Systems Management Dennis Motiani and the Heads Up, Eyes Forward! message posted on 160 dynamic message signs including the Garden State Parkway and the Turnpike.

• Ellen Mears, coordinator of administrative services, will retire effective July 1. Members of the board and administrators honored her for her more than 20 years of service at the district.

“Ellen is the epitome of professionalism and made sure this district ran smoothly,” Birnbohm said.“She has earned a restful retirement. Congratulations, Ellen.”

Mears will spend her retirement with her husband, children and six grandchildren.

“She never let us down,” president of the board Ted Shinske said. “There was no task too difficult for her.”

The next meeting is scheduled for July 17 at 7:30 at the administration building, 93 Willow Grove Road.


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