Cinnaminson Board of Education updates community on annual budget preparation and Seal of Biliteracy

Board of Education updates community on several happenings within the district.

The Cinnaminson Board of Education provided several updates regarding the annual budget, a high school assistant principal vacancy and the Seal of Biliteracy at its most recent meeting Feb. 18. 

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Superintendent Stephen Cappello began with his monthly report, thanking several members of the school administration currently working on the 2020-2021 school budget. In preparation for the annual budget, Cinnaminson anticipates delivery of Gov. Phil Murphy’s annual budget address within the prescribed late February window, according to the superintendent.

The budget address is expected on Feb. 25, with a release of state aid figures two days later. A special meeting of the Cinnaminson board may be required to adhere to the required timelines, but members will be updated as the schedule solidifies.

In regard to the assistant principal vacancy at the high school, Cappello reported a lot of interest in the position.

“Earlier this month, the district posted for the permanent replacement for the high school assistant principal”, he said. “We are pleased by the extensive interest in the position, with nearly 100 applications submitted a week ahead of the posting end date. We will keep the board informed as the interview process is completed during the month of March.”

Farther into the superintendent’s report, the board took a moment to recognize hard work and effort from the many students learning a different language. Last year, the school district introduced the Seal of Biliteracy, a program that recognizes students who have demonstrated proficiency in both English and one or more world languages.

“We are pleased to share that a number of our high school students have met the eligibility for the Seal of Biliteracy,” Cappello noted. “Many of our juniors and seniors took the French or Spanish assessment earlier this month and 32 students successfully passed the test. 

“These students will receive an additional certificate at graduation with the insignia that indicates this special recognition.”

Concluding his report, the superintendent reminded the board and the public of multiple  upcoming events. The Cinnaminson Middle School will perform “Into The Woods Jr.” Feb. 28, Feb. 29 and March 6 at 8 p.m., as well as March 7 at 2 and 8 p.m.

The 19th Senior Social Luncheon will be scheduled for Saturday, March 21, at the Cinnaminson High School. Brunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m., with a musical production to follow. 

Guests will have a chance to meet the cast of Lin Manuel Miranda’s pre-“Hamilton” hit musical, “In the Heights.” Under the leadership of new director Megan Schweitzer, the performing arts department is among the first high school groups to perform the show. 

“We look forward to another well-attended event as well as an excellent production as our students tackle this critically acclaimed modern Broadway hit,” said Cappello 

The next regular meeting of the board of education is Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in room 120 of the middle school.

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