Saturday, April 27, 2013
Eat at Bella Gente in Verona on Thursdays and help donate money to the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Diners will now be able to raise money for Verona schools every time they eat at Bella Gente on Thursdays. Starting Thursday, May 2, patrons will be able to write "Verona Schools" on the top of their bill and Bella Gente will donate 10 percent of the check to the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence (VFEE), said owner Kim Cheung. Donations will be made on any bill whether its eat-in, take-out or catered on every Thursday, said Cheung. There is no end date and Cheung says he would like to continue to donate as long as he is the owner of Bella Gente. "Nearly 100 perent of donations goes directly to the schools," said VFEE President Douglas Smith. "So the more we raise the more we give back to the schools." Verona Superintendent …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Verona car dealership will donate $200 to local education foundations each time a resident purchases a car.
DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Verona will donate $1,000 to both the Verona and Caldwell school districts as part of a program to encourage residents to buy cars locally and support the schools. The Verona dealership, located at 225 Bloomfield Ave., kicked off a partnership on March 1, with the Verona and Caldwell-West Caldwell School Districts, in which a donation would be made every time a resident makes a car purchase through May 1. DeCozen will make a $200 donation to either the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence or the Caldwell-West Caldwell Education Foundation each time a resident of Verona, Caldwell or West Caldwell buys a car during that period of time. In March, five cars were sold to Verona residents and five cars were…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
District is anxious to see if it will be included in the 377 New Jersey school districts to see an increase.
The Verona Board of Education is waiting to see if they will be among the 377 school districts to see an increase in state aide as promised in Gov. Chris Christie's 2013 budget address. The 2013 New Jersey budget will provide an increase of $87 million in school aid, bringing the total state aid in education to almost $9 billion, said Christie during his Tuesday night address. However, only 377 out of the 600 New Jersey School District's will be seeing an increase, said Verona Board of Education member Joseph Bellino during Tuesday night's board meeting. “The other 233 that will not be sharing in the increase will maintain what they have,” said Bellino. Last time the board met the budget was about $700,000 to $800,000 over what they …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Districts across New Jersey await state aid figures this week with uncertainty.
Verona and Cedar Grove Schools face the deadline to submit the 2013-2014 budget to the county next week with uncertainty as to whether $85 billion in federal "sequestration" spending cuts will be stopped by Congress before Friday. The district will learn its state aid figures this week after Gov. Chris Christie delivers his fiscal year 2014 budget address Tuesday afternoon. “We got a total of $488,000 from the federal government from 2012 to 2013,” said Verona Superintendent Steven Forte. "There is a chance that the district could lose up to 25 percent which equates to over $100,000" “If we lost 25 percent we would have to reassess and reallocate money,” said. “It's not a huge portion of our budget but it's still enough to cause us to …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Verona is partnering with the Verona and Caldwell-West Caldwell School Districts to make a donation every time a resident buys a car.
Verona, Caldwell and West Caldwell residents will have the unique opportunity to help out their school district while driving off the lot in their brand new car. DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge, located at 225 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona will be partnering with the Verona and Caldwell-West Caldwell School Districts by making donations every time a resident makes a car purchase. “This is the kind of stuff we need more of,” said Verona Superintendent of Schools Steven Forte. “This is a great opportunity for the schools and to help support businesses in town, its a win win.” On Feb. 22, DeCozen held a special event to get ready for the big March 1 car kickoff with Superintendents of each school as well as members of the district's school …
Monday, February 18, 2013
DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge on Bloomfield Avenue will be making donations every time a resident buys a car.
[Updated Feb. 19 10:00 a.m.] DeCozen Chrysler Jeep Dodge, located at 225 Bloomfield Ave. in Verona will be partnering with the Verona and Caldwell-West Caldwell School Districts. On Feb. 22, DeCozen will hold an event announcing the donation of $200 to one of the school districts when a resident of that town buys a car. This promotion, organized by Michael Cerino, President of the Verona Chamber of Commerce, will be running from March to May. "I'm trying to get involved in partnerships and raise more funds other than taxpayer dollars," said Verona Superintendent Steven Forte. "I am very excited, this is a great opportunity for the schools."
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Verona School District Strategic Plan Internal Coordinator Elizabeth C. Jewett pens letter to the editor.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Dear Colleagues and Community Members, The Verona School District is in the midst of the development phase of our next five year Strategic Plan. On December 13th and 14th, the Steering Committee - comprised of a board member, administrators, faculty, parents, community members, and a high school student- collaborated to review and refine our mission statement, establish our strategic goals, and develop the strategies that will be executed to actualize the mission and goals. The Committee’s recommended framework for our 2013-2018 Strategic Plan will be presented to the public at the Board of Education meeting on January 8, 2013 at 8PM. The next step in the strategic planning process is to form teams that will develop action plans for each …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Verona, Cedar Grove districts review procedures following 26 deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.
The Verona and Cedar Grove School Districts are re-examining their safety guidelines following the Friday, Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. School officials have been in close contact with local police to ensure the safety of all Verona and Cedar Grove students. Verona Following the tragedy, Verona Superintendent Steven Forte held a conference phone call with Verona Police Chief Douglas Huber. “We decided it would be important to make some adjustments in the short term and work to indentify areas that could be improved in the long term,” said Forte. For the short term, Verona schools will: In the long term, Verona Police and the Verona School District will complete an audit of school security procedures and drills, …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The Verona School District has listed a number of buildings and ground repairs but are still searching for a way to pay for them all.
The Verona School District has made extensive improvements to its facilities and grounds, but there is still much work to be done and little money with which to do it. During the Tuesday, Nov. 27 meeting, Verona Director of Facilities Paul McDevitt provided an update for the Verona Board of Education on the status of buildings and grounds, including previous improvements and a laundry list of what still needs to be done. McDevitt, Superintendent Steven Forte and members of the board of education have been working closely together to establish a list of priorities for a five-year plan. “Priorities are established based on the criteria of health and safety for our building occupants and to provide a school environment which supports student …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The College Board honored the Verona School District as one of 34 New Jersey School Districts to receive the Third Annual District Honor Roll.
The Verona School District was named one of of 34 New Jersey School districts and 539 schools across the nation and Canada to the Third Annual District Honor Roll. The award, presented by the College Board, is given to schools for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement courses while also increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. “Achieving both of these goals is the ideal scenario for a district’s AP program because it indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work,” the Verona School District said in a written statement. According to the district, Verona had increased the …