District News

Morris Drive approaching Berlin Road closed on Sunday, February 7, 2016 due to a car crash into the traffic signal. Detour signs are posted. This situation will affect the morning traffic on Monday, February 8 in this area and may cause some delays in bus transportation.

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.

The following is a statement regarding negotiations with the Cherry Hill Education Association (CHEA) from Cherry Hill Board of Education President Carol Matlack.

On December 22, 2015, the Board signed a Memorandum of Agreement with CHEA, which included Tentative Agreements on all outstanding contract issues, signaling a tremendous step forward in bringing the negotiation process to a close. Signing on behalf of the Board were Board President Carol Matlack, Board Negotiations Chair Steve Robbins and Board committee members Elliott Roth and Colleen Horiates. Signing on behalf of CHEA were CHEA President Martin Sharofsky and CHEA Negotiations Chair Jay Young.

The Board is very pleased to have this Memorandum of Agreement signed, which represents mutually agreed upon terms regarding the new contractual language. We look forward to the formal ratification of the new contract early in 2016. Specifics regarding the new contract will be provided following the formal ratification by CHEA and the Board.

Congratulations to the 46 students and Cherry Hill High Schools East and West who earned seats in both the prestigious All National Honors Orchestra and in the All South Jersey Orchestra. All seats are earned through competitive auditions. Cherry Hill East cellist Daniel Kim performed with the All National Honors Orchestra in Nashville in October. Five Cherry Hill students earned first chair seats in the All South Jersey Orchestra. A list of all students chosen may be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations to all!

South Coles Avenue north of the Church Road Circle is closed headed to and from Maple Shade through early January for complete rehabilitation. The closures will mostly be daytime 7 am through 5 pm, with intermittent overnight closures as well. Detours to go between Cherry Hill and Maple Shade will be:

Route 38 east to Mill Road to Forked Landing Road to Main St (Route 537);

Route 38 east to Kings Highway (Rt 41) to Rt 73 to Main St (Route 537);

Route 38 west to Haddonfield Road north to Maple Avenue (Route 537).

Attention all high school seniors! 12 colleges are scheduled to visit both East and West for "Instant Decision Days." During an "Instant Decision Day," seniors will have the unique opportunity to meet with and potentially receive an admissions decision from a college representative on-the-spot!

If you are interested in participating in an "Instant Decision Day" with any of the participating colleges, linked here, send your application, along with all additional application materials (i.e. application fee, essay and letters of recommendation, if required) to the college prior to the scheduled "Instant Decision Day." Students will be scheduled to meet with the admissions representatives in 15 minute time intervals. Some of the admissions representatives will be prepared to make admissions decisions that day, while others may need to consult with their admissions committees. This is a great chance for students to showcase their strengths and highlight how they can be an asset to the college!

Each college has specific criteria for participation in its Instant Decision Day. If you are interested, please see your counselor for more details about requirements and to sign up.

Cherry Hill Public Schools elementary students will find new books about science in their school libraries, thanks to a donation from Subaru of Cherry Hill as part of their "Subaru Loves Learning" effort. Students at Kingston Elementary School, along with Kingston Principal Bill Marble, Board of Education President Carol Matlack, CHPS Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche, CHPS Director of Curriculum Farrah Mahan and CHPS Supervisor of Curriculum - Science Erica Price were on hand in the school library on September 29 as Subaru delivered the books. The 200 books are the result of team members from Subaru of Cherry Hill donating one new science book for each new Subaru that was bought or leased. The books will be distributed among our 12 elementary schools.

powered by finalsite