UPDATE: Berkeley School District Advertises For Batting Cage Coordinator Position

The district has four elementary schools with no baseball programs, but superintendent says batting cages could be revenue source

Berkeley Township Elementary School, Bayville, New Jersey
Berkeley Township Elementary School, Bayville, New Jersey
by Patricia A. Miller

Berkeley Township school officials have posted an in-house ad for an "indoor hitting/pitching coordinator" that would pay $10 an hour.

Schools Superintendent James D. Roselli said Friday the Board of Education would discuss the matter further at the March 18 board meeting.

The position was advertised in-house, beginning on Feb. 28 and ending on March 10, according to the ad. The position has not been approved yet, he said.

"We do all of our posting internally," Roselli said.

Why would a school district with four elementary schools and no baseball programs need batting cages?

Roselli said it would open up batting cage space for local travel teams in Berkeley and other municipalities and possibly generate revenue for the district.

The district would charge one rate for Berkeley teams and another rate for out-of-town teams, he said.

"A lot of communities have been looking for a place to do indoor hitting with their teams," Roselli said. "We just want to try and fill a need."

The district is in the process of ordering the cages, which sources say will cost roughly $25,000.

The ad states that applicants will be responsible for "planning, organizing, promoting and supervising the batting cages." They must also be able to lift 50 pounds, set up and break down the cages.

grace March 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM
i like the idea of batting cages but not the taxpayers paying for it..the fundraising is a great way to start
marty March 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM
If there was an Berkeley school team, I would say go for it. There is no school teams in any of the schools! There batting cages that are available in town. Black wards being one of them. I just find it Sickening that batting cages would be built for teams to use, teams that do not allow all kids from the township to play on them, to use taxpayers money. And If the excuse of Fundraising is used, find another way!
marty March 10, 2014 at 05:56 PM
I find it coincidental that the stupidintendent posts this on facebook after such negative feedback regarding this obsurd idea. We know it's for travel teams, and nothing else. and that's fine as long as my money isn't paying for it! thank goodness you don't have a child playing football, or you would have goal posts and a football field installed. I would just like to know who paid for this, and could the money be used better? Thanks for telling us about the archery program. Was that $25K as well? What a crook! MESSAGE FROM DR. JAMES D. ROSELLI, SUPERINTENDENT OPEN HOUSE FOR INDOOR PITCHING/HITTING FACILITY Thursday, March 20, 2014 7:00 p.m. Berkeley Township Elementary School In anticipation of baseball season, the Berkeley Township School District will be offering a special program to all fifth and sixth grade students during their physical education classes through the use of an indoor pitching/hitti...ng program. We hope to generate as much interest in this new program as we have generated in our recently adopted archery program. As always, our goal is to provide students with new opportunities in an effort to encourage physical fitness and possibly spark interest in a sport or activity they have never tried. On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. the Berkeley Township School District will host an open house to showcase our indoor pitching/hitting facility. This event will take place at the Berkeley Township Elementary School at 10 Emory Avenue, Bayville, New Jersey. The indoor pitching/hitting facility can be used for both baseball and softball. It will be available for rental by both residents and non-residents beginning on Monday, March 24, 2014. Rental times will be Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. More information, including rates for Berkeley teams, residents, and out of town teams will be provided at the open house. All are welcome to attend!
Willsomeonestandup March 10, 2014 at 11:19 PM
Guess the tax payers do not get to speak at the meeting. I guess we should be glad Roselli doesn't coach Ice Hockey or Swimming team. That would be a lot more of our tax payer money. Guess our Board of Education is a rubber stamp. I'll be voting smarter next time.
Smitherin' March 11, 2014 at 05:17 PM
"Schools Superintendent James D. Roselli said Friday the Board of Education would discuss the matter further at the March 18 board meeting. " I guess they do not want any discussion about it. Did the board approve it at February's mtg? They have not posted the minutes on their website yet. As the time of the rentals would be 4-9 Mon. To Fri. I guess the Berkeley Basketball Association will need to find another place to have practice and games for the 5/6th graders. They have already been asked to give up half the gym. Looks like the needs of travel baseball/softball have taken precedence over the towns basketball league. Very irresponsible for the Superintendent to do this instead of using that money for education or if we have the surplus, why not reduce the budget?


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