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Spike In Kindergarten Registrations At Bayville Elementary School Leads To Larger Classes

Superintendent James D. Roselli plans to meet with parents next Wednesday to discuss options


A late summer rush of registrations at the Bayville Elementary School has resulted in larger kindergarten classes than Superintendent James D. Roselli wants to see.

So Roselli plans to meet with parents with kindergartners at the Bayville School at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The school had an additional 27 registrations over the summer, 18 of them in mid-to-late August, Roselli said.

"It was a huge influx," he said Friday.

Roselli discussed the issue at the Sept. 20 Board of Education meeting, after the board returned from an executive session.

"I apologize for going into closed session," he told the sparse audience at the Berkeley Township Elementary School. "We had to discuss the enrollment at the Bayville School. We are in the process of formulating options for you. We will address your concerns and provide options and alternatives."

Roselli declined to discuss the options on Friday and said he would prefer to wait until the meeting with parents on Wednesday.

"The bottom line is, the smaller the class, the more individual attention they receive," he said. "We have actually gone up a class since school started."

Resident Lori Santucci, whose son attends kindergarten at the Bayville School, said she was concerned about the class sizes.

"I wouldn't want to be in a class with 25 children," she said. "I'm more concerned about the safety for all of the children."


stephanie September 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Well they shouldn't have changed the zonimg. . . AGAIN, without doing their homework.
needs some space September 21, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Just wait till the new development they are building on Hickory Lane is finished.
Chief Wahoo September 22, 2012 at 12:33 AM
clowns !
dawn parks September 22, 2012 at 01:32 AM
If Bayville School is over cowded, perhaps the BOE should consider returning all schools in Berkeley to K-6 an then re-districting.
Dawn Parks September 22, 2012 at 01:44 AM
If Bayville School is over crowed, perhaps the BOE should consider returning all schools including Berkeley Township Elementary to a K-6 and then redistricting.
Sara Howard September 22, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Maybe they should look into the fact that there are students that live in the Toms River school district and are attending Bayville School because of the full day program!
Berkeley resident September 22, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Investigate enrollments and make sure all actually live in Bayville and are not just taking advantage of the full day kindergarten program!
Joe Semiraro September 22, 2012 at 10:40 AM
The Council President and Mayor have previously stated that the addition of the approx. 200 homes in the Manitou Park area (along with the children that would bring) would not cause an increase in the school budget or an increase in taxes. They stated it might cause a slight increase in class size; but, it was doable. So, I'm not worried.
Lizzy September 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I'd love to know why 2 "supervisors" were hired at $75K each to do "observations" and, in the meantime, class sizes at Bayville School are exceeding 26 students in each 4th grade (there are 3 fourth grade classes) and 25 students EACH IN KINDERGARTEN (there are 4 kindergarten classes)!!!! 25 KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN IN ONE ROOM!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY??????? You can't imagine the safety factors involved with a situation like this! Why ----for the salary of ONE supervisor----didn't the district hire another 4th grade and kindergarten teacher to alleviate classroom crowding???????? If teachers are being asked to perform more and more tasks with the same pay, why can't the principals do these "observations" without having to hire supervisors to do their work for them??? And, BTW.....regardless of what the council "stated" about Manitou not impacting enrollment, how could that NOT happen??? And you're not worried?? The new development on Hickory still hasn't been factored into the big picture either. It's a disaster waiting to happen. I'm with Dawn Parks on this one----make all the schools K-6 again and THEN do a realignment.
Lizzy September 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Sara-- If the public only knew how many students are actually out of district on Berkeley taxpayer dollars, I guarantee the BOE meetings would be PACKED demanding a full investigation to the validity of residency. No wonder the full-day kindergarten is bursting at the enrollment seems.......No child care costs to the non-resident!
Patrick Mooney September 22, 2012 at 01:18 PM
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Patrick Mooney September 22, 2012 at 01:28 PM
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stephanie September 22, 2012 at 01:47 PM
That's a good point about taking advantage of the full day kindergarten!
stephanie September 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I also think making the schools k*6 again will not only take care of this problem, but the fifth and sixth grade students will actually be treated lile fifth and sixth graders, and be in a more kid/family friendly enviornment.
J-MOE September 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
J-MOE September 22, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Make the biggest impact this November and vote for the team of Mooney, Fisher, Kaminski and Zawada for Berkeley School Board.
Mom knows best September 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
When I registered my daughter I needed 5 proofs of residencies. How many people are really able to show that many if they don't live in bayville. That is NOT the problem.
SM September 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
If they are coming from TR for full day program they I'm sure they are paying tuition.They can't come for free.


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