Cherry Hill School Board Addresses Community Concerns and Developments

At the recent Cherry Hill School Board meeting, community concerns took the spotlight, including the impact of the ST Math pilot program, equitable funding for students with disabilities, and issues related to district communication processes. The acting superintendent provided clarifications and emphasized a collaborative approach to inquiries. The meeting also covered various action agenda items, such as professional development funding and stadium improvements, and public comments on topics like preschool expansion and the establishment of a naming committee.

The meeting began with administrative acknowledgments, including the appointment of a new board member. The appointee expressed commitment to the educational standards and high academic achievement. The board also enjoyed a performance from the high school’s musical cast.

One of notable topics discussed during the public comments was the ST Math pilot program implemented across all 12 elementary schools. Community members inquired about its effectiveness and the timeframe for assessing its impact on student progress. The acting superintendent addressed these concerns, stating the program is under ongoing monitoring to ensure its effectiveness.

Equitable funding for students with disabilities was another issue raised by community members. A speaker highlighted the disparity in funding, calling for fair allocation of resources. The preschool expansion was discussed, with particular focus on supporting all students fairly, including those with disabilities.

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Transitioning from elementary to middle school was also a topic of interest, with a parent advocating for a mentorship program to ease the challenges students face during this period. The suggestion underscored the importance of support systems in the district’s schools.

The public also expressed concerns over the district’s communication processes, with some community members feeling frustrated by the perceived lack of timely and satisfactory responses to their inquiries.

The potential establishment of a naming committee to honor individuals who have made contributions to the district also sparked interest among community members.

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Among the action agenda items, the board discussed and voted on attendance at conferences and workshops, out-of-district student placements, settlement agreements, professional development agreements, and the acceptance of donations. A clarifying question was raised about funds for professional development related to pre-K expansion. Additionally, the board scrutinized the evaluation process for awarding bids and the details of a grant application for stadium improvements at West.

The HR agenda brought up motions for termination of employment, appointments, leaves of absence, salary changes, and a new job description, with a board member abstaining from voting on a particular item due to a conflict of interest.

The policy and legislation agenda included discussions on harassment, intimidation, and bullying investigation decisions. The board voted against a specific incident report, with two members abstaining from voting on another item. The board also acknowledged a parent’s concern about the timing of the release of the summer activity list.

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The Cherry Hill Education Foundation’s upcoming event was mentioned, and the board took a moment to reflect on the parent’s concerns, highlighting the district’s ongoing engagement with community involvement.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Superintendent:
Kwame Morton
School Board Officials:
Miriam Stern, Joel Mayer, Renee Cherfane, Kimberly Gallagher, Adam Greenbaum, Benjamin Rood, Sally Tong, Gina Winters

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