District News

Free BBQ and Help Filling Out Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications

WE welcome all Cherry Hill Public Schools families to a FREE BBQ! Assistance filling out FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS provided! Thursday 9/19/19 at Carusi Middle School 5:30-7 pm; Wednesday 9/25/19 at Johnson Elementary School 5:30-7 pm. Veggie Burgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Potato Salad & Assorted fruit served.

Letter from Dr. Meloche to Gov. Phil Murphy Regarding State Statute on Unpaid Meals Policy

Cherry Hill Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche on Friday, August 30, 2019 sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, imploring him to insist on legislation that removes the State-mandated language requiring the withholding of meals as part of the Unpaid Meal policies required of public school districts statewide. Dr. Meloche has spoken with our state legislators about this topic as well. We will update the community about the response(s) to the letter when we receive them. In the meantime, for the 2019-2020 school year, all children will be fed lunch, every day.

Important Statement from Superintendent Dr. Meloche Regarding Unpaid Meal Charges/Outstanding Food Service Charges

UPDATE 8/23/19: On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Board of Education engaged in a discussion about Board Policy 8550Unpaid Meal Charges/Outstanding Food Service Charges. The most recent statement from Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche and Board of Education President Mr. Eric Goodwin regarding the the policy and upcoming discussion is available online. Also available is the August 15 statement from Dr. Meloche. The discussion will continue at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7 pm at the John A. Carusi Middle School cafeteria, 315 Roosevelt Drive.

2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Program Information

Applications for the 2019-2020 Free and Reduced Lunch Program will be available for submission on August 15th at http://www.payschoolscentral.com. PaySchools Central is a secure payment system that simplifies school payments in an easy-to-use online portal. It enable parents to fund lunch accounts and pay required and optional fees quickly and easily. More information about PaySchools Central is available online. Also available is a step-by-step guide to signing up for PaySchools Central. Note that an application must be submitted each year.

Meals Account Switches from MySchoolBucks to PaySchools Central

The Cherry Hill Public Schools has replaced the MySchoolBucks meal payment system with PaySchools Central. PaySchools Central is a secure payment system that simplifies school payments in an easy-to-use online portal. It enable parents to fund lunch accounts and pay required and optional fees quickly and easily. More information about PaySchools Central is available online. Also available is a step-by-step guide to signing up for PaySchools Central. Note that an application must be submitted each year. All money leftover in your MySchoolBucks account will automatically transfer over to your PaySchools account when you register on PaySchools Central.

Board of Education Announces New Members to Fill Vacant Seats

The Board of Education has appointed two new members to fill the vacancies created by the resignations of former Board members Mr. David Rossi and Dr. Edward Wang. Mr. Ben Ovadia will fill Mr. Rossi's seat; Mrs. Corrien Elmore-Stratton will fill Dr. Wang's seat. Resumes submitted by Mr. Ovadia and Mrs. Elmore-Stratton are available online. The new Board members will be installed following the completion of their security background checks. The Board would like to thank the candidates who completed the full application process to fill the open seats. A list of those who completed the process and granted permission for their names to be released is available online.

Free Summer Meals Available to Qualifying Students/Families

ATTENTION STUDENTS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS: The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Program provides free meals when school is out! Who is eligible:

  • Children 18 years of age or younger who come to an approved open site or a site to which they are enrolled.
  • Adults over the age of 18 years who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities.
  • At sites that require enrollment, benefits are available only to children who receive free or reduced-price meals at school.

HOW TO LOCATE A SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM FEEDING SITE:

To find the closest feeding site near you, text FOOD to 877-877 or Summer Meals to 97779 or visit the USDA site finder web site at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

"Funding for the Future" Booklet on CHPS Funding Crisis and Outreach to State Officials Available Online

"Funding for the Future," a booklet detailing the background of the underfunding Cherry Hill Public Schools by the State of New Jersey, and our "ask" of our state leaders, is available online. The booklet was distributed to NJ Commissioner of Education Dr. Lamont Repollet, his team, Senator James Beach, Representatives Pamela Lampitt and Louis Greenwald following their tour of some of our schools on May 7, 2019. The leaders' visit also included a meeting with administration, Board members and community members to discuss our needs. The Commissioner offered his help in securing funding for the District. Updates will be posted on this web site and on District social media.

CHPS Stakeholders Testify at NJ State Assembly Budget Hearings

Cherry Hill Board of Education member and parent Mrs. Jane Scarpellino, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Justin Smith, and CHPS parent and community member Mrs. Miriam Stern testified at the NJ State Assembly Budget Hearing in Trenton on March 27, 2019 to advocate for increased state funding for our district. Mrs. Scarpellino also testified at the NJ State Senate Budget Hearing on March 28, 2019. Available here are Mrs. Scarpellino's statement, Ms. Stern's statement, and Dr. Smith's statement.

Update on State of New Jersey's Funding for CHPS

After the New Jersey Department of Education announced on Thursday, March 7, 2019, that the Cherry Hill Public Schools (CHPS) will receive $18,424,908 in aid for the 2019-2020 school year, members of the Fair Funding for Cherry Hill Schools Committee, CHPS Administration, the Cherry Hill Board of Education, and Cherry Hill Township met with Assemblypersons Lou Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt on Friday, March 8 to express concerns about the funding. An overview of this meeting, including next steps, is available online.

A Statement from the Cherry Hill Board of Education and Administration Regarding Our Fair Funding Crisis

Cherry Hill Board of Education President Mr. Eric Goodwin and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Meloche have released a statement regarding the years of inadequate funding for our schools. Community members are invited to the Fair Funding Committee Meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month. Next meeting: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7 pm, Malberg Administration Building.