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March 21, 2013

Board of Education Budget Meeting March 27th at 7:00PM – Budget Overview

Filed under: Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:30 PM

As editor of  TheBoken.com I realize that many of our readers don’t pay to much attention to the minutia of Hoboken politics, especially the Hoboken Board of Education but about 1/3 of your property taxes (or a portion of your rent as a pass through) go to fund the school district. This article highlights a concise overview of how that money is spent on Hoboken’s public schools for the coming budget year…..


Hoboken Board of Education Budget Overview

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the Hoboken Board of Education will be meeting at 7:00 PM to consider a budget for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition to the required information that is printed in the newspapers, the district has produced a four page document that will provide residents with a good overview of the budget. The budget overview will be distributed widely in the community and feel free to share. Click for budget overview.

The Proposed 2013 – 2014 School Budget Intro Letter

from Dr. Leon Gold BOE President

“Over the past several weeks, the Hoboken Board of Education and the school administration have been working diligently to develop a budget that strikes a dificult balance—one that provides adequately for elective student learning while taking into account the legitimate concerns of taxpayers in a state with the highest property taxes in the country.

The Board of Education is proud to have provided the community with a slight decrease in the school tax levy for the past three years despite rising costs. But this year we are presented with several challenges, the biggest of which are:
An unexpected loss of $450,000 in Federal funds as a result of sequestration, A requirement to pay down a deficit that built up over many years in the district’s Food Service program, and An increase of $553,000 in charter funding due to the addition of a new grade level at one of the charter schools.
In light of this, we must increase revenues by $1.86 million. Although the budget is adequate to the educational needs of our children, I must emphasize that this budget does require considerable sacrifice, including reductions in new educational programs, personnel, and planned capital improvements.
As a member of the Hoboken Board of Education, I’ve listened to the parents and residents who not only expect more from the district, but that we increase student achievement in a disciplined, cost-effective manner. The board and the administration could not agree more and I hope that, upon careful review of the budget, you, in turn, will agree that we have balanced educational needs with financial prudence.
Dr. Leon Gold BOE President”

Hoboken BOE Proposed Budget Graphic Overview

Hoboken BOE 2013-2014 Budget Overview Chart
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October 15, 2012

The Hudson School Presents Death by Woody Allen Performances 10/19 -10/21

Filed under: Hoboken,Theater — Tags: , , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:55 PM
The Hudson School Presents Death by Woody Allen this weekend from Friday October 19th to Sunday October 21st……



by Woody Allen

The Hudson School junior high students will perform Woody Allen’s one-act farcical play, DEATH, about a vigilante militia hunting the town maniac and the clueless businessman, Kleinman, who finds himself in the middle of it.  We follow him through the streets of this town at night where he meets one lunatic after another until he finally faces off the maniac himself.

Members of the ensemble cast appearing in the play are Andrew Enger, Ava Faccenda-Dunnery, Blake Faucher, Sophia Florida, Erica Grosso, and Edward Horan from Hoboken; Charle Kraft and Rachel Meierovich from Jersey City; Chole Baker and Eliza Leal from Weehawken; Keith Elam and Andrea Garcia from Union City; Youssif Hassan from North Bergen; Mason Preuninger from Montclair; Peter Agress and Matthew McGowan from Maplewood; Aubrey Meyer from Glen Ridge; Abigail Lupi from Stockholm; Aria Bowes from East Orange; Miles Cordoza from West Orange; Kamar Williams from Bloomfield; and Yang Bai from China.

DEATH will be presented at The Hudson School Performance Space on Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20 at 7PM Matinees on Saturday October 20 at 2PM and Sunday October 21 (time TBD).  General admission is $10.00, and $5.00 for students and seniors. For reservations contact Gabriel Hernandez, the play’s director, at ghernandez@thehudsonschool.org

The Hudson School, a small, independent school for grades 5-12 accredited by Middle States Association of colleges and schools, was founded by Suellen Newman.  The school offers academically motivated and creative children a rigorous and broad college preparatory curriculum with strong emphasis on the arts. For more information, please visit www.thehudsonschool.org or call 201-659-8335.

 Set design for DEATH by Miles Zhang, grade 10 (from Newark, NJ)

The Hudson School

601 Park Avenue Hoboken, NJ 07030
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September 7, 2012

Vote For TRUE Mentors on ChaseGiving.com and Help Children in Hoboken Gain a Mentor

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Below is a contest by Chase Giving that could benefit a local organization True Mentors that helps kids aged 7-17 with mentoring programs in Hoboken….

Vote For TRUE Mentors on ChaseGiving.com

And Help the Children in Hoboken Gain a Mentor

TRUE Mentors, Hoboken’s only one-to-one mentoring program for children ages 7 – 17, needs your votes! The local non-profit is eligible to win support through Chase Community Giving program if enough people vote for the charity. Here is how it works:

Starting Thursday, September 6 through Wednesday, September 19, 2012 there are two ways to vote:

Facebook: Anyone on facebook will be able to Vote for TRUE Mentors at facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving and TRUE Mentors increase their chances of winning up to $250,000 from Chase.

Chase Customers: Anyone with a Chase account can vote on Chasegiving.com by logging in and searching for TRUE Mentors and casting their vote.

Help your local community by simply voting!!!!  Then tell your friends. We can all make a difference in the life of a child in Hoboken with one simple click.

TRUE Mentors, is Hoboken’s only one-to-one mentoring program that connects children ages 7 – 17 with adult mentors in the same community.  Our goal is to unearth the potential of our children and adults through relationship. Our mentors become a trusted friend and champion to our children. Our children become teachers and ambassadors to new cultures and ways of thinking for our mentors.  The result is that TRUE Mentors breaks down cultural barriers in Hoboken and creates new opportunities for our children and a stronger, more compassionate community.

For more ways to get involved or volunteer with TRUE Mentors, visit www.truementors.org or facebook.com/truementors


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January 14, 2011

Digital Photography Classes at the Hudson County School of Technology

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Hudson County Schools of Technology has hired Jean-Paul Picard
to teach the Digital Photography course for the Spring Session
at the HCST Jersey City Center

Jean-Paul Picard, Hoboken Photographer and Designer, has been hired by the Hudson County Schools of Technology to teach Digital Photography for the Adult and Continuing Education Program. This 90 hours course will cover how to use the digital camera and learn the photographic skills and techniques that are use in portraiture, studio photography, photo-journalistic and fine art photography.  Students will become literate in Adobe Photoshop, on Apple Computer workstations, enabling them to transfer and work on their digital files to create works-of-art.

Jean-Paul Picard has taught at the Hoboken Adult Program for over 20 years. He has also taught at
Stevens Institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts, and Morris County College. His photography
work has been show in the tri-state area including The Museum of Modern Art, The New York
Historical Society, The Hoboken Historical Museum and The Hoboken Studio Tours.

The digital photography course (90 hours) runs Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30pm
beginning January 31, 2011, located at the Jersey City Center, Earl W. Byrd School, 525 Montgomery
Street, Jersey City, New Jersey. The cost is $299.00 and payable by Cash, Money Order, Discover,
Visa or MasterCard only.

Prerequisite: Digital or film single lens reflex camera and basic knowledge of computers
Registration by mail-in till Jan. 27, 2011.
Registration in person Tuesday, Jan. 18 to Thurs. Jan 27, 2011 at Jersey City Center, Earl W. Byrd
School, 525 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, New Jersey

For more information about the course and registration please call the Hudson Schools of Technology
201-662-6792 or 201-662-6791.

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