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WAMS and UES failed to meet state educational benchmarks


By AUBRIE GEORGE The Moorestown Sun


The state Department of Edu-


cation released its Adequate Year- ly Progress report in early No- vember, and the results show two Moorestown Township Public Schools that did not meet AYP standards for the 2009-10 school year.


According to the report, nei-


ther William Allen Middle School nor Upper Elementary School met AYP requirements for the 2009-10 school year. The state’s AYP report is part


of the federal No Child Left Be- hind legislation that aims to have all students achieving at their grade level by 2014. The data used in the report is based on results of state assessments given to stu- dents in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.


Acting Education Commission-


er Rochelle Hendricks compared the report to a “check engine”


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AYP woes


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“It could mean that only one small group of students in a school did not meet standards. Or it could be the first evidence of a systemic problem requiring sweeping change,” Hendricks said.


Both WAMS and UES also ap- pear on an early warning list that indicates schools that will be placed on the Schools in Need of Improvement (SINI) list if they do not make AYP in the following year. The SINI list identifies schools


please see AYP, page 9


School district faces budget challenges


Estimates say 2011 budget to be up to $2 million higher deficit.


By AUBRIE GEORGE The Moorestown Sun


With school budget season


around the corner, the Moorestown Township Public School District faces difficult challenges for the 2011-12 school year including a $2 million


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District officials anticipate that the 2011-12 budget will be $1.5 to $2 million greater than the 2010-11 budget when all personnel, bene- fits and other expenses are fac- tored in. However, ongoing contract ne- gotiations between the Board and


the Moorestown Education Asso- ciation will affect the budget. Offi- cials are not yet sure of the im- pact.


“Obviously we don’t know


what the salaries are for this year let alone next year,” Lynn


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Special to The Sun


Moorestown Garden Club members Joyce Shultz, Jan Miller, Lyn Popler, and Jackie Walton wel- come residents of The Evergreens Continuing Care Retirement Community to the home of Jolee Greenberg for the Fall Senior Tour and Tea.


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