Parents and Guardians, Welcome Back!

Parents and Guardians, Welcome Back!
Posted on 08/29/2017

Parents and Guardians,



It is hard to believe that the summer is nearly over and we are about to embark on another school year. The summer months are often classified by the public as “down time” for educators. However, nothing could be further from the truth! The district staff has continued to work throughout the summer to ensure that North Brunswick Township Public Schools address the vigorous goals of our Parents And Community for Exceptional Schools (P.A.C.E.S.) Strategic Plan while remaining steadfast in pursuit of “Equity and Excellence” for all.


I am excited to report that much has been accomplished this summer. The 2017-18 school year will be complete with innovative educational opportunities for all students to harness their potential and become future ready citizens.


The school year officially begins on Tuesday, September 5th for all students entering 1st through 12th grade. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will start their school year on Wednesday, September 6th. Please use the district website at  http://www.nbtschools.org/  to access the district calendar or for your convenience you can access it by clicking here.


I wanted to take this opportunity to inform and update you on some of the work that has taken place over the summer as well as the latest district news:


  • The District received an additional $2.78 million from the New Jersey Department of Education. This was the second largest appropriation for public schools in New Jersey. The Board of Education has publicly announced that $1 Million will be used to offset any tax increase from the new school project for the next three years. Again, no additional taxes for construction during the next three years for North Brunswick residents. Additionally, due to its outstanding credit rating, the Board of Education will be seeking 25 year bonds instead of the original proposal of 30 years. This will save the taxpayer approximately $14 million dollars over the life of the loan.

  • More great news about the new school: A Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place at the new school site on Friday, September 8th, at 5pm. All families and residents are welcomed to attend.


  • I am proud to report that I received a letter from the Commissioner of Education announcing that Linwood would no longer be designated as a "FOCUS SCHOOL ". The commissioner lauded the achievements of Linwood Middle School students and the staff commitment to closing the achievement gap. Kudos to Dr.Wilson, administration, faculty and staff.



  • The Board of Education recently approved the distribution of Chrome Books for every 4th and 5th grade student in the district. This is the first phase of the district's implementation of “One to One " computers for all students. This initiative is part of the district’s commitment to providing a digital curriculum that will prepare “Future Ready” students. The new computers will increase the number of instructional days by significantly reducing the amount of time needed to administer the state mandated PARCC assessments.


  •  In July, the Board of Education and Township Mayor and Council approved a shared service agreement that will provide uniformed police officers into each of our schools. The current security district officers have been approved as Class III Police Officers. They will function as School Resource Officers (SROs). The district has always had SROs in the High School until recently. However, with this agreement, each of the district schools will be afforded a Class III Police Officer.


  • It is my pleasure to announce that I will be recommending to the Board of Education Ms. Diana Whalen as the new Principal of Parsons Elementary School. Ms. Whalen has been the district nurse supervisor and principal at the North Brunswick Early Childhood Center for the past two years. She is a resident of North Brunswick and has been with the district for 20 years.


  • It is my pleasure to announce that I will be recommending to the Board of Education Mr. Sidney Dawson as the new Principal of Livingston Park Elementary School. Mr. Dawson was employed by the district for 10 years as a teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal before leaving and being named principal at the Cherry Hill School District.



I wish you and your family a safe and peaceful holiday weekend.

Sincerely,

Brian Zychowski Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

North Brunswick Township Public Schools