Deptford Township says thank you to retirees for many years of service

Deptford BOE celebrates retirees

The Deptford Board of Education decided to honor their retirees for this school year at their May 14 meeting. Not pictured in order, here is a portion of the retirees, Deborah Horneff
Deborah Johnson, Margaret Plunkett, Janine Hee, Mary Lynne Diehlman, Debra Milligan and
Ann Sievers. (ELDON GRAHAM/The Sun)

The Deptford Board of Education, at its May 15 meeting, discussed several topics, including a potential change to the prom for students.

Although this year’s juniors and seniors experienced their prom just two weeks ago, the board believes it’s never too early to start planning ahead. The topic came up about bringing the prom back to Deptford Township in the future to mitigate student travel and increase safety for that evening.

The 2018 juniors and seniors celebrated their prom at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, while this year’s prom was held in Collingswood.

“I have a concern because last year we went to The Mansion and this year we brought it to Collingswood,” board President, Susan Kryszczak said. “As a parent, I have a concern for  these kids driving on prom night all over creation.”

The BOE will look into the issue further down the road.

The BOE also discussed its various school visits. The most recent one was to Oak Valley Elementary School.

“We walk through the building. We got a wish list of what the principal was looking for, but our favorite part of the whole day was having our lunch with the second-graders,” board Vice President James McDevitt said.

McDevitt felt it was a very productive walk-through and he really enjoyed his time with the young students.

In other news:

  • The BOE celebrated the years of dedicated service of Deptford Township school retirees. Each retiree was celebrated by a representative from his or her respective school or branches of work about their time spent working as part of the  school district.
  • It was approved that the annual tenure acknowledgments shall be issued for 2019 to 2020 school year to all employees employed by the BOE who have acquired tenure under the law.
  • The BOE approved teacher workshops for Aug. 28 to 30 for supporting struggling readers through small group instruction using leveled literacy intervention and Benchmark Assessment System training.
  • The tax levy payment schedule for 2019 to 2020 school year was approved and authorized for submission to the township.
  • The BOE also approved a contract with Gloucester County Special Services School District for the Participation in Choice School Program for the 2019 to 2020 school year at a cost of $3.50 per out-of-district Choice Student application paperwork on file with GCSSSD by Nov. 1.