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Photo Gallery of the New Gloucester City Middle School

Photo gallery of the new Gloucester City New Middle School taken at the Open House on August 15, 2017.


All photos by SJO:

The State of New Jersey Schools Development Authority described the project as a “new 122,000 square-foot school…designed for approximately 685 students in grades 4 through 8. The school includes 27 general classrooms, eight special education classrooms, three science classrooms, a cafetorium with stage, gymnasium, media center, computer lab, and administrative offices.”

Gloucester City Middle School

Screenshot: State of New Jersey Schools Development Authority

Bellmawr Education News Recent News

Bellmawr BOE Approves Annette Castiglione as Superintendent Thru 2020

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) approved a new contract for Chief School Administrator/Superintendent of Schools, Annette Castiglione, at its June 28, 2017 meeting.

All BOE members voted to approve the contract, along with all of the business on the meeting agenda, with the exception of Patrick Murray, who was present for the 5:00 p.m. workshop, but not for the 6:00 p.m. regular meeting.

The period for the Superintendent’s contract runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. As for the annual salary, the terms of the contract state:

Initial Salary:

The Board shall pay the Superintendent an annual salary of One hundred sixty-five thousand dollars and no cents ($165,000.00) on July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.   These annual salary rates shall be paid in accordance with the schedule of salary payments as set forth by the Board of Education. July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 $168,000. July 1 2019 through June 30 2020 $168,000 plus a 2% increase of $3,360 ($171,360.)

Minimum Salary:

On July 1, 2018 and July 1st of each subsequent year of this Employment Contract, the Board will grant the Superintendent a minimum of the following the Superintendent shall receive a 2% increase in salary.

Each year, the Superintendent is granted 20 vacation days, 12 sick leave days, and four personal days. The unused portion of such leave, not to exceed fifteen days, at the end of any year, will be cumulative. Upon separation from service, the Superintendent shall be paid for all unused accumulated sick days at the rate of 1/260 her then current salary up to the maximum of $15,000, the contract indicates.

The BOE will also pay 100% of the Superintendent’s membership fees to the American Association of School Board Administrators, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and the Camden County Association of School Administrators.

Castiglione was also recently named 2018 Camden County Superintendent of the Year and the Bellmawr Early Childhood Center was recently dedicated to her.

To see the terms of the contract, see below:

Annette Castiglione Superintendent

Other approved agenda items included:

  • The bill list in the amount of $1,464,394.54
  • A three-year renewal of membership for the period July 1, 2017-July 1, 2020 for the School Alliance Fund.
  • A transfer of up to $400,000 of Surplus to Capital Reserve and a transfer of up to $150,000 of Surplus to Maintenance Reserve, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-14.3 and 14.4.
  • A lease agreement with MRA International for 139 laptops for 48 months under the Tax-Exempt Installment Sale ($1 buyout) plan at four annual payments of $9,463.86 each.
  • The application for funds through the Individuals with Disabilities Act, Part B (IDEA-B), FY 2018 and to accept the following funds: Basic $299,104 and Preschool $12,163 for a total of $311,267.

Additionally, the following new hires were approved:

  • Maria Fowler – Social Worker – MA-Step 1
  • Kayla Vogdes – Preschool teacher – BA-Step 1
  • Zachary R. Wakeley – 6th grade ELA – BA-Step 1
  • Nicole Renna – Part-time Music Teacher – MA-Step 1
  • Martha Guadalupe Arrizon – Spanish Teacher – BA-Step 5

Effective June 30, 2017, Roseanne Yezzo resigned as CARE Director effective June 30, 2017. The BOE approved contracts for CARE Site Supervisors as follows:

  • Jamie Croce – hourly rate of $17.86
  • Sue Saiia – hourly rate of $17.86
  • Katara Olivencia – hourly rate of $15.00

In other matters, interim Business Administrator, Mark Ritter, was thanked for his service to the district. Ritter had been serving as the district’s interim business administrator since January 30, 2017.

At the April 26, 2017 BOE meeting, The BOE approved the hiring of Patrick Doyle as the Business Administrator/ Board Secretary for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The contract states that Doyle’s will be paid a salary of $106,500.

The BOE does not meet in July. The next meeting is Wednesday, August 24, 2017. Workshop begins at 5:00 p.m. and the Regular meeting follows at 6:00 p.m.

Patrick Doyle Bellmawr Business Administrator


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Mt. Ephraim Schools Announce May, 2017 Students of the Month

The Mt. Ephraim School District has announced the district’s May, 2017 Students of the Month.

The students were recognized during the June 12, 2017 Board of Education (BOE) meeting and all students received a certificate acknowledging all of their hard work and accomplishments.

(Photo provided)

Rear from left:  Julianna Rossano, Kaitlyn Efymow, and Olivia Malinowski
Front from left: Landon Deacon, Nathaniel Dilks, Haiden Kowasa, Kaitlyn Cowan, and Matthew Malinowski. (Not pictured: Aaron Rampolla)

Bellmawr Education News Recent News

Dedication of the Annette Castiglione Early Childhood Center

On June 8, 2017, there was a dedication of the Annette Castiglione Early Childhood Center in Bellmawr.

Ms. Castiglione is the Superintendent of the Bellmawr School District and was recently named 2018 Camden County Superintendent of the year.

Photo Gallery by SJO:


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Bellmawr Schools’ Annette Castiglione 2018 Camden County Superintendent of the Year

Annette Castiglione, Chief Education Officer, Bellmawr Public School District, has been selected as the 2018 Camden County Superintendent of the Year.

In making the nomination, Camden County Affiliate President John Bilodeau, Chief Education Officer, Gloucester City, said, “Annette is one of America’s finest school superintendents. She is dedicated to helping the community grow and build on its strong foundation of excellence for each student, staff member and family.”

An Honor

The 2018 Camden County Superintendent of the Year Castiglione said, “It is an honor for me to have my colleagues select me to represent them in this prestigious award process.”

Research-based methodology and curriculum integration initiatives, a hallmark of Castiglione’s instructional leadership, afford the students of Bellmawr several unique and innovative programs. Her leadership provided the foundation for all the district stakeholders to be involved in the educational process and to serve as partners in solving the real challenges and complex issues facing education in the Bellmawr school community in the 21st century.

Under her tutelage schedules were changed to add full inclusion in grades K-8, increase instructional time in English Language Arts and Math and an Academic lab period was included to address remediation as well as enrichment course.

A referendum was passed in order to install new roofs on all school buildings and an early childhood center, serving 140 three and four year old children opened its doors in 2015.

Proven Educator

Castiglione is a proven educator with over 10 years experience as a school administrator. She assumed her present superintendency in 2007. She began her professional career as a Reading Teacher in the Camden Public Schools.

Annette Castiglione
(Photos by SJO)

The selection process for the 2018 Superintendent of the Year begins with a request of each of New Jersey’s 21 counties to nominate a candidate to be considered as the New Jersey’s Superintendent of the Year. The selection criteria recommends each County Superintendent of the Year should have a minimum of five-years experience as a chief school administrator, a record of service with their county affiliate and the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), and a distinguished record as an educator.

This is the tenth year of NJASA’s process to name selected individuals who will serve as the county’s nominee to compete for the position of one of three New Jersey Regional Superintendents of the Year and the possibility of being chosen the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year nominee, who then competes for the 2018 National American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Superintendent of the Year title.

A committee of NJASA Past Presidents will select the 2018 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, established in 1988 and sponsored by AASA and VALIC, is open to all public-school superintendents in the United States and overseas.

Selection Qualifications

The selection qualifications for the State and National Superintendent of the Year include: meeting the needs of their students, demonstrated communication strength, a commitment to professional development and growth, and significant community involvement. Additionally, at the state and regional levels, NJASA has a fifth qualification that addresses service to the Association.

AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2018. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.

About NJASA:

The New Jersey Association of School Administrators is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the Association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children. The Association is located at 920 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5328 609-599-2900.

(Source: Media Release)