Weekly Roundup: Mount Laurel Education Association at BOE, no tax increase in municipal budget

The Mt. Laurel Schools superintendent also reviewed school security at this week’s board of education meeting.

Members of the Mt. Laurel Education Association assembled in front of the Mt. Laurel School administrative building this week to show solidarity during new contract negotiations.

Whether it’s negotiations between the local school district’s education union and the board of education, school security news or news about this year’s municipal budget, catch on the week that was with The Sun’s “Weekly Roundup” feature.

Mt. Laurel Education Association gathers at BOE meeting to show unity in contract negotiations

Members of the Mt. Laurel Education Association assembled outside of the Hattie Britt Administration Building before this week’s Mt. Laurel Schools Board of Education meeting to send the message that association members are unified, and they want to get a new contract signed between the association and the board of education. MLEA’s last contract expired after the end of last school year on June 30, meaning association members have been working without a new contract for the last eight months.

Mt. Laurel Township Council introduces 2018 municipal budget with no tax increase

Mt. Laurel residents are looking at a municipal budget with no tax increase for 2018. That was the news out of this week’s council meeting. Should the budget remain unchanged from now until final adoption in late March, the municipal tax rate will remain unchanged from last year’s rate of 34.7 cents per every $100 of assessed property value. Residents with an average assessed home valued at $237,700 would continue to pay about $824 in municipal taxes for the year.

Mt. Laurel Schools superintendent reviews school security at board of education meeting

As with many school districts across the country, school security was one of the discussion items at this week’s meeting of the Mt. Laurel Schools Board of Education. Superintendent George Rafferty said he wanted to update the board and community on the security measures in the district, and said in addition to the district’s current security efforts, the district would also undertake several specific steps in the following days.

Lenape Regional High School District’s Violence, Vandalism and HIB Report consistent with last year

From July 1 through Dec. 31, the Lenape Regional High School District saw little change in the total number of incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons offenses, substance abuse and harassment, intimidation and bullying when compared to the same period for the previous year. James Kehoe, the district’s security and emergency management coordinator, said the district saw 29 incidents during that time. That figure was only a slight increase from the 28 incidents the district saw for the same reporting period from the previous year.

Seneca High School science teacher named Lenape Regional High School District Teacher of the Year

This year’s Teacher of the Year for the Lenape Regional High School District is Seneca High School science teacher Dusty Carroll. Carroll is under consideration for the Burlington County Teacher of the Year as well. Pictured is Carroll with her Accelerated Chemistry class.

Dusty Carroll, a science teacher at Seneca High School, has been named the 2018–19 Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) Teacher of the Year and is currently under consideration for the Burlington County Teacher of the Year. She began her tenure at Seneca in 2004 and has since taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry, Environmental Sustainability, Physical Science and Engineering Design and Development –a capstone course that is part of the Project Lead the Way program. Carroll resides in Marlton with her husband Tim.