District News

DEADLINE EXTENDED to 4 pm Friday, October 11, 2019: Call for Community Volunteers for Committees

The Cherry Hill Public Schools seeks community members to serve as volunteers on an Alternative Funding Committee and on a Safety & Security Committee, as recommended by the Bond Referendum Ad Hoc Committee in preparation for the next Bond Referendum.

Three community members will be chosen to sit on the Alternative Funding Committee and three community members will be chosen to sit on the Safety & Security Committee.

Members of the Alternative Funding Committee will be expected to attend four evening meetings:

October 30, 2019: Understanding the School Budget

December 10, 2019: Discussion with Bond Counsel regarding what school districts are permitted/not permitted to do with alternative revenues

February 5, 2020: Examples from other school districts/best practices

April 21, 2020: Recommendations to the Board of Education for alternative revenue pursuits

Members of the Safety & Security Committee will be expected to attend four evening meetings:

October 29, 2019: Public forum with a panel of experts

December 12, 2019: Review of current district plan

February 13, 2020: Examples/ideas/best practices

April 23, 2020: Recommendations to Board of Education for updates or changes to current plans

Alternative Funding Committee Community Volunteer Qualifications Desired:

Professional experience in any or all of the following fields: finance, fundraising, nonprofit organizations

Safety & Security Committee Community Volunteer Qualifications Desired:

Professional experience in any or all of the following fields: law enforcement, public safety, public security, risk assessment, mental health

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Mrs. Lynn Shugars, Assistant Superintendent Business/Board Secretary, lshugars@chclc.org or 45 Ranoldo Terrace, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034, by 4 pm Friday, October 11, 2019.

2019 Board of Education Candidate Biographies Now Available

Biographies of the 10 candidates running for the four open seats on the Cherry Hill Board of Education are now available online. The biographies listed in ballot order and are published as submitted by the candidates, unedited. The candidates will participate in a Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Cherry Hill Zone PTA, on October 10, 2019 at 7 pm in the Malberg Administration Building, 45 Ranoldo Terrace. Moderated by the League of Women Voters, the forum offers an opportunity for community members to ask questions of the candidates. The forum will be live streamed on the District YouTube channel. Doors will open at 6:30 pm so that audience members may submit their written questions in advance.

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.