News from Mrs. Dutt for Parents
Trenton State House Rally
As you may know, last year's passage of Senate Bill 2 has had a negative impact on our district's share of state aid. In short, over the past 12 months, we have lost more than a half a million dollars in state aid and will continue to lose aid for a total reduction of approximately 4 million dollars by the year 2025. This will have a severe impact on our district.
As a single-building district covering a large geographic area, we have many fixed costs. This means that even though we have had a declining enrollment in recent years, we cannot absorb a 4 million dollar reduction without significant loss to student programs and activities. To say this level of reduction will be devastating to our district and community is an understatement.
To put this in perspective, 4 million dollars is almost 25% of our overall budget.
On Tuesday March 5, our students joined students, parents, and staff from 70 other schools in rallying to bring attention to this issue. (See photos and video below!)
Our request is simple, pause these losses until a bi-partisan committee can investigate the unintended consequences of the state aid reductions to our district and districts like ours.
We are the most efficient regional district in our tri-county area and the twelveth most efficient regional in the entire state. Our district does not have room to absorb these reductions and we will begin to see changes in how our programs are delivered as early as this September.
We are working with the PTO and other parent/student groups to create a North Warren Regional Coalition. Please keep an eye out for upcoming information, including targeted sample letters. Sample letters to send to our local legislators are also on our website.
NWR Vocational Life Classes have launched "Joe To Go". Joe To Go is a coffee delivery service available course 1 and 2 for all staff members. Students are learning how to take orders, deliver and track staff member purchases. It is a hit for sure!
Middle School Activities
- Gertrude Hawk Candy Sales Forms are due March 8
- The Shamrock Shake (dance) will be held on March 15 from 6-8pm
High School/All School Activities
FIRST Robotics: March Competitions: (1) Saturday and Sunday 3/9 & 10, at Mount Olive High School, from 9am to 4 pm and (2) Saturday and Sunday 3/16 & 17, at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, from 9am to 4 pm
Upcoming Music Presentations: Jazz Festival April 10th, Chorus/Strings Concert May 8th and Band Concert May 15. Good luck to our Marching Band in Disney trip this April 3-7!
JSA just returned from its annual trip to Washington, DC for Winter Congress. The students assume the role of legislators to propose, debate, and adopt mock legislation.
Chalk It Up fundraiser, Friday, April 12 from 6:00-8:00 in the cafeteria - sign up now at https://annablanchette.com/collections/events/products/nwr-april12
The Truth About Vaping will begin at 6:00 in the Auditorium. Prior to this will be a program called Hidden In Plain Sight beginning at 5:30. This presentation is centered around a teenager's bedroom that is set up as part of the event to allow parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and other adults to explore a mock teenager's bedroom to see and identify drug paraphernalia and hiding places along with other signs that may indicate alcohol or other drug use by a teen.
Free free to call Tina Ritchie at Ext 1303 with any questions.