MANASQUAN BOARD OF EDUCATION
Manasquan School district’s mission is to empower students to reach their potential and become life-long learners. We strive to ensure that students play an active role in their education, are guided by rigorous academic standards aligned to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, and function within a community that regards students, educators, and parents as full participants in the educational process. We dedicate ourselves to the realization of a supportive learning environment that nurtures growth, personal integrity and mutual respect.What Does Your Board Do?
The role of the board of education is to see that the school district is well run. The written policies of the board provide guidance and direction to the chief school administrator for making decisions and taking action. Examples of the Board’s responsibilities include appointing and dismissing personnel, maintaining the buildings and grounds and adopting an annual budget.
The school district is managed by an Administrative Team which works within the limits of Board Policy.What Does the Administration Do?
The team is guided by the Superintendent who is appointed by the Board. The Superintendent serves as chief executive officer, administers Board policies and keeps the Board informed of the needs and programs of the schools. The Superintendent is a non-voting member of the Board.
The Business Administrator is the chief financial officer for the district and conducts all business functions of the district.
The District and Building level administrators are responsible for coordination, supervision and evaluation of programs within the schools.
Board of Education Meetings
The Manasquan Board of Education usually meets on the third and fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM and are conducted in Manasquan High School Media Center.
The first meeting is the Board of Education work session. At this meeting Board members discuss potential agenda items that will be voted on at a regular Board of Education meeting. The public may attend the work session.
The second meeting of the month is the Business Meeting. The Board will take action on the agenda items. While most agenda items will be repeated from the previous work session, additional items may be included on the Board’s agenda. At this session, the Board will open the meeting for public discussion at two specific times. The first opportunity for public discussion is limited to agenda items only. The meeting is open for discussion a second time at the public participation portion of the meeting.
When everyone wishes to address the Board, it is important that all speakers follow some very simple procedures that have been established for public meetings. After raising your hand and being officially recognized by the President, please stand and clearly state your name and address for the record.
If you are speaking the first time that the meeting is opened to the public, you must limit your comments to an item on the agenda for that meeting. If you are speaking at the second opportunity for public participation you may speak on various topics.
All comments or questions must be addressed to the President of the Board of Education or the person conducting the meeting.
Special Board Meetings
These are Public Board Meetings called for a specific purpose. They are open to the public and provide for public participation, as it is deemed necessary by the Board. Action and discussion by both the Board and public are restricted by law to the stated purpose of the meeting.
Closed sessions are held in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (Sunshine Law). These meetings are closed to the public.
Topics discussed in Closed Sessions may include personnel issues, labor negotiations, legal matters, and other issues covered by applicable law. Board voting can only occur during an official public meeting. The Board may adjourn to closed session during a public meeting and reconvene in public session at the same meeting.
Meetings are posted in the School Office, and by delivery to the Asbury Park Press, Coast Star and the website.
Manasquan is a receiving district for Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Sea Girt, Lake Como, Brielle, Belmar and Avon. These districts send their students to Manasquan High School and are charged a tuition fee per student.
Tuition is established by state formula and is applied to each student equally. The tuition calculation does not incorporate costs that are considered strictly Manasquan costs such as transportation for Manasquan residents and the principle costs of building projects; however, the interest on such projects is shared by all students.
Three members of the twelve member Manasquan Board of Education are from the sending districts. These members only vote on motions pertaining specifically to the high school. All motions pertaining to the elementary school are only voted on by the nine member Manasquan elected Board.
Renae LaPrete, Interim Superintendent
Margaret Hom, Business Administrator
Rick Coppola, High School Principal
Colleen Graziano, Elementary School Principal
Margaret Polak, Director of Special Services
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