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.

Registration dates and times are now available for children entering public school for the first time as either kindergartners or first graders.

Children must be five years old on or before October 1, 2016 In order to be eligible for kindergarten. If your child is currently enrolled in our pre-kindergarten program and you wish to meet with the school nurse to review medical requirements, you may do so on your scheduled registration day.

Current Kindergarten students in the Cherry Hill Public Schools do not need to reregister for first grade.

All kindergarten and first grade registration is conducted centrally at the Malberg Administration Building at 45 Ranoldo Terrace.

Each elementary school has its own registration date. The dates and times are available by clicking here.

School Highlights

Clara Barton Elementary School and John A. Carusi Middle School recently earned the prestigious designation of State School of Character. Schools of Character demonstrate the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education as outlined by character.org. In their application for the School of Character designation, Clara Barton Elementary School highlighted the school's "WE ARE" program. This program consists of the WE ARE words students and staff helped develop, displayed throughout the school as pictured above. The 25 words are character traits that all members of the school strive to live by each day.

Carusi detailed the qualities that make the school a standout in character education, which are rooted in the school's motto, "Enter to Learn, Go Forth and Serve building a better tomorrow, for ourselves and our community." Carusi students, some of whom are pictured above during a Week of Respect activity, also promote a pledge to "Enter to Learn" to become Caring, Academic, Responsible, Unparalleled Students with Integrity (CARUSI). These CARUSI Core Values promote Caring, Respect, Responsibility, Trust and Family help to frame Carusi's character education program.

Congratulations to both schools for their great achievements!

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