Stafford Township School District

Superintendent's April Message

April is “Autism Awareness” month in which we are participating with the Township in the “Light it up Blue” campaign.  The PTA has sold blue lights to parents and staff to exhibit the support of our district in Autism Awareness month.  The puzzle piece symbol for autism represents the complexity and mystery of autism.  Autism is mysterious because no one knows the causes or why the instances of autism seem to be increasing.  The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of people and their families living with this disorder.

Recently there has been partial, misconstrued or inaccurate information circulating throughout the district, the community and especially on social media in regards to the budget.  Despite the rumors, there is no money missing.  Unfortunately, personnel in the district have been cut due to budgetary reasons, realignment of staff due to scheduling efficiencies, reduction in enrollment, and a reassessment of the district’s priorities.  The staff members who have been affected by this unfortunate situation have been notified.  We value and appreciate these staff members and their service and dedication to the district. 

Educationally, after evaluating the district’s classrooms, we must prepare our students for the new state mandated PARCC assessment and align curriculum to the mandated Common Core State Standards.  These initiatives will require technology upgrades to help our students become 21st century learners in our global society.  These efforts will help to continue this great district forward.

Please know that April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. is a Special Board Meeting in the Stafford Room of the Oxycocus School.  There will be public comment.  However, budget related questions will be answered at the public hearing portion of the meeting on April 29, 2014.   

We welcome all parents, staff, and community members to attend our Public Hearing on April 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the STAC.  This will be your opportunity to be accurately informed with the facts, to ask questions, and to learn about the positive direction of the district.

If you have any specific questions regarding the budget, please do not hesitate to contact me at 609-978-5700, Ext. 1000.

Sincerely,

George J. Chidiac
Superintendent

District Announcements

  • NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Business Meeting of the Stafford Township Board of Education, scheduled for May 15, 2014 at 7:30pm will now be held at the Stafford Township Arts Center (STAC), 1000 McKinley Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ. Click here for more details.
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  • Receiving Text Messages 

    In an effort to increase efficiency and communication with our families, we have implemented a rapid call-out system that allows parents to receive both text and voice messages.  Please visit your child’s main office and request they update or change your primary phone number in the system to your cell phone if you wish to start receiving text messages.
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  • NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Special Meeting of the Stafford Township Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Oxycocus Elementary School. Click here for more details. 
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  • NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Business Meeting of the Stafford Township Board of Education, originally scheduled for April 24, 2014 has been rescheduled for April 29, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Stafford Township Arts Center. The Board will also be conducting a Public Budget Hearing at 7:00pm on April 29, 2014 in the Stafford Township Arts Center. Click here for more details.
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  • If you were unable to attend the PARCC Workshop on February 5th, you can view the presentation by clicking here.
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  • The Lakewood Blue Claws are having their Teacher Appreciation Night on Friday, May 30 at 5:00pm. Click here for more details. 
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