At the March 4 Lincoln Park Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools James Grube reported that the rerouting of parental traffic to the back of Lincoln Park Elementary School has been a success and that parents have been expressing their happiness with the new pickup and drop-off procedure to him personally.
According to Grube, the new procedure allows the school buses to have easier, more efficient access to the school and makes picking up and dropping off individual students safer. He said that more parents are driving their students to and from school this winter. The result was that cars backed up onto Pine Brook Road, causing traffic problems. Once more students begin taking the bus, vehicular traffic will decrease, he predicted.
Grube was also happy to report that the district’s state-mandated HIB (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying) report was approved by the state. Four HIB incidents occurred since the last report: two at the elementary school and two at the middle school.
“One incident of violence occurred on the bus from the elementary school. One student didn’t like where the other student was sitting and a fight broke out. The incident was reported and both students received the appropriate punishment of in-school suspension,” Superintendent Grube noted.
“In our schools, in-school suspension is not a time off from class,” the superintendent explained. “They are required to do their school work.”
Overall, he said, “I’m very pleased with climate and the morale in both schools.”
In other business, the school board passed a resolution to establish an Extended School Year KITES program to include two teachers of the handicapped for four hours daily for 18 days (July 1 through July 25) at Lincoln Park Elementary School. In addition, the trustees approved the establishment of an Extended School Year Preschool Disabilities program and an Extended School Year Language Arts/Math Program.
The school also received $3,100 in Safety Grant money from its insurance company, the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group, to repair the front path to the middle school.