The right lane closure for the PSE&G gas main repair on Route 70 eastbound from Lexington Ave in Pennsauken (at the township line with Pennsauken) to the Crowne Plaza will continue next week, Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 5, 2016. The ramp from Cuthbert Blvd northbound to Route 70 eastbound will remain closed for at least the first half of the week. The detour directing all traffic looking to access Route 70 eastbound from Cuthbert Blvd northbound onto Park Drive eastbound, and then left on S. Cornell to return to Route 70 eastbound, will continue. Detours will be posted and a marked police unit will be on location in the work zone.

Expect delays if traveling through this area, especially during rush hours. Please plan an alternate route if possible

On Tuesday afternoon, January 19th, CHEA provided the Board's negotiating committee with a revised set of proposed salary guides for the certificated staff members (teachers, counselors, child study team members, therapists). The Board committee quickly reviewed the updated guides and then met with the full Board in a special executive session, last evening, to discuss the new salary guides.

Following a great deal of discussion, the Board agreed to accept the updated salary guides. While CHEA met the shared goal of improving the starting salary by the final year of the contract, the guides do not address all of the outstanding issues that were identified. The Board appreciates CHEA's efforts to meet this goal.

Funding of public education continues to remain an issue in New Jersey. Creating a budget that is fiscally responsible to the community and which meets the needs of individual students in the district will continue to be a challenge, especially in communities like Cherry Hill. The negotiated, and soon to be ratified, contract – with the revised salary guides – will continue to attract and retain top quality talent to maintain the level of instruction that our community expects. There will certainly be challenges moving forward, especially when the time comes for the Board and CHEA to negotiate a successor agreement to begin the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Board looks forward to working with CHEA as we address, together, the financial implications of the value of each increment step that is included in the new salary guides and the impact on the annual budget. Cherry Hill is one of the finest school districts in the state of New Jersey. We have all chosen to raise our children in this district so that they would benefit from the quality of the instruction and the breadth of the opportunities that are provided. We are eager to move forward with CHEA in meeting the needs of our students in the classroom and in all activities that occur after the end of the academic day – our sports, our clubs, our service organizations, our special events.

The Board of Education anticipates adopting a policy in February 2016 to address the needs of transgender students.

The Transgender Students Policy would ensure all students, including transgender students, have equal educational opportunities and equal access to the school district's educational programs and activities. The policy reflects the Cherry Hill Public Schools' commitment to our students and to complying with Federal and State laws and regulations regarding transgender students.

Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the pending policy.

School Highlights

Congratulations to John A. Carusi Middle School for earning a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant to fund its "Homegrown-Carusi Community Garden Project, a community garden to be developed in the school's courtyard. The grant, funded by the NJEA, is one of more than $180,000 in grants awarded to qualifying schools and districts. Carusi Principal Dr. John Cafagna, pictured center, accepted the grant with Assistant Principal Dr. Christine Miles, second from left, and Green Team leader Ms. Michelle Corona, second from right. Congratulations also go out to the four CHPS elementary schools that each won a $2,000 SJS grant: Horace Mann Elementary, for their "Teaching Farm" project; James Johnson Elementary, for their "Operation Wildflowers" project; and Joseph D. Sharp Elementary for "Operation Wildflowers." Photo updates of all five grant projects will be posted on this web site in the spring.

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