Classes Start With A Giveaway

Free notebooks were available in the front foyer of the Lakehurst Elementary School. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  LAKEHURST – Superintendent Loren Fuhring is confident that the school’s teachers, staff and facilities are ready for the start of the new school year.

  To help students get ready for the big day, which is September 7, parents and students came to the front lobby of Lakehurst Elementary School on Union Avenue on the morning of August 28 to pick up free book bags and notebooks.

  “Within a half hour we were out,” a school staff member said. “We usually get six boxes donated to us each year from Costco, United Way and donations from many retired teachers.”

  She said that the total was close to 140 and having depleted the allotment for this school year “we are dipping into what we have for next year” because so many were given out during National Night Out earlier in the summer.

  “The classrooms look great and the school looks great. We have loads and loads of curriculum we ordered and we have had some online training,” the superintendent said during the latest Board meeting.  She noted enrollment was in the low four hundreds.

  Board of Education President James Malden said this was the first time in years the pupil population climbed up to being in the four hundreds.

  Fuhring said, “the 7th and 8th grade classes are our lowest (sized) classes” in so far as students are concerned. “We have 32 8th graders.”

  Vice Principal Stephanie Rucci reported that a fire drill was held in preparation for the new school year.  

  Fourth graders will be able to benefit from a new online resource,

  Fuhring said, “normally the program is only open to military base families but due to our numbers and our military percentage here were able to have it for the whole school.”

  She added that “it goes up to 12th graders but they prefer to start small so we’ll see how it goes. A representative will come into the class to explain how to log in and how to get information.”

Free school book bags were provided to students of the Lakehurst Elementary School this week in advance of the school’s reopening. Most were distributed during National Night Out held at Horicon Lake in August and this supply is from those allotted for next year. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  It will be used to help students with questions and with their homework. If enough 4th graders utilize it, the program may be opened up to the 5th grade later in the year.

  The Board also moved to confirm the mailing of annual notices regarding student IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) during the new school year for elementary school students and for students attending Manchester Township High School. Board members also approved a contract with Preferred Behavioral Health at a cost of $300 per evaluation and incident, on an as needed basis for the new school year.

  The Borough police department used the school’s primary wing classrooms for an active shooter training drill on August 10 and August 17.

  The school district approved its financial reporting noting that no major account or fund has been over-expended in violation of state regulations and sufficient funds are available to meet the district’s financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year.

  The Board approved two walking field trip requests for self-help skills to the Dunkin Donuts on Route 70 in the borough.

A refurbished playground is ready for use for the new school year at the Lakehurst Elementary School on Union Avenue. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

  Also approved were two clinical affiliation agreements with the district. One involved a student from Kean University while the second was between a student from the University of West Florida and the school district.

  Back to School Night will be held on September 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the Lakehurst PTA will hold its Scholastic Book Fair in the media center from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from September 25 through September 29.