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Brick School Redistricting Plan Could Affect Four Schools

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Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township is considering redistricting – a term for changing the geographic boundary lines – of four schools within the township, though officials say a relative few number of students will be affected.

The schools include Veterans Memorial Elementary School, Herbertsville Elementary School, Lanes Mill Elementary School and Midstreams Elementary School. The district recently completed a demographics study and have been considering the redistricting effort mainly because of class sizes being too large at VMES, officials said.

“We haven’t finalized any redsitricting plan,” said Dennis Filippone, Director of Planning, Research & Evaluation for the district. “We still have two meetings with parent groups and then we have to get it in front of the board.”

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The plan – as it stands under early consideration – is estimated to affect a maximum of 70 students, including about 40 from VMES, Filippone said.

“We have an overcrowding issue at Vets Elementary, and from a geographical standpoint, the moves make sense,” said Filippone. “We have kids being bused to schools farther away than where they’d be attending under this plan.”

School officials are fine-tuning the plan during the spring break and will likely bring it to the Board of Education for a public vote at a meeting in the coming months.

Filippone said input from parents at school meetings has been an important factor in developing the plan.


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  • Concerned parent

    Class size excuse is nothing but B.S. Real excuse is putting maple leaf trouble in every school

    • Northside Mom

      Class size at vmes is HUGE. 27 and 28 kids in one class. And just because a child lives in Maple Leaf….Doesn’t make them trouble!

      • KaayC

        How politically correct of you. Get real.

    • KaayC

      They really belong – in Lakewood from whence they came.

  • Rosesalute

    This real headline should read Maple Leaf Trouble coming to a school near you. They’re not redistricting at all. This only has to do with Maple Leaf students. Hey Brick school Board, I thought school enrollment was at an all time low?

    • Northside Mom

      That’s not true at all. Maple Leaf is not the only neighborhood affected. And not every kid in maple leaf is bad!

      • Concerned parent

        No, you are correct not all, but most. Most be troubled area if police best up a district within an apartment complex.

      • Northside Mom

        Agreed. It is a troubled area. However it’s adults causing the trouble. Not the k-5 children. I know a mom in there who hates it but cannot sell. She moved from out of area and is terrified for her kid who cannot play outside. These children will not cause issue in your school. Are there a few? Sure. But I’m sure there are a few from other neighborhoods. And a few already in herbertsville. And midstreams. And drum point. Not every kid is an angel. It’s just so sad that these children are marked as trouble because of circumstances out of their control (such as where their parents live). We need to teach our children that different color/circumstance is okay.

      • Rosesalute

        Stop throwing the race card!!! It has nothing to do with race. These children are a product of their environment. Anytime anyone brings up safety, liberals try to say it’s a race issue. Stick to the message please! Safety!!! What happens when one of these kids bring a gun to school? Are we going to focus on “race”? Wake up

      • Northside Mom

        I said color/circumstance. I didn’t make it a race issue.

      • Concerned parent

        Key words “product of your own environment…you said yourself, parents are troubled -these children follow what they see and how they are raised. It is seen at that young age, which is very, very unfortunate. It is very sad, however the problem should not be dumped on someone else or a school that does not have the resources to help. Different color is completely ok, so don’t play the race card. It is element

      • Northside Mom

        There are good people in Maple Leaf too. That is my point. What makes Herbertsville any less able to deal with a handful of “troubled” children? Yes, VMES is an incredible school with amazing administration. Too bad you don’t feel the same about your administration.

      • Outraged Mom

        Do you know that there is “1” security Guard for 8 schools? It has nothing to do with how great the staff is. This is a safety issue. Where are their credentials in dealing with these kinds of situations? There is a school psychologist at the school a few days a week (Maybe 2). I witnessed a Maple Leaf child being restrained by a staff member. He was hitting her, biting, elbowing her, throwing himself on the floor. The saddest part was, was that the child’s mother was present and she was just standing there laughing the entire time while my heart broke for that poor child. Now let me say this, what If that parent decided to go after the staff member for putting their hands on that child? Who the hell is there to protect students and staff? Are we saying the administration is prepared for physical altercations with no security present? No, let me tell you they’re not!!!!!!!!!

      • Northside Mom

        Two questions: how did you know this child lived in Maple Leaf? And are you saying vmes is better prepared for confrontation with a child? I’m not being sparky, I’m just asking? Not sure if you are a HES mom fighting to keep Maple Leaf children out or just a mom talking about these children in general. Problem with written conversation is you can’t tell other persons tone. I’m not arguing, just asking….

      • Outraged Mom

        It was the Maple Leaf child because it is the same child that has been bullying my child. He lives right on sawmill b/c they started putting these kids on the bus. The cops have been called to VMES. They already know there are problems at hand and have resources to deal with it. HES is sadly in LA LA Land

      • Lambchop0307

        The teachers at Herbertsville are very nice. I’ve put 4 kids through HES. Back then, they only tried to put the maple leaf kids on our bus and the parents rallied together and shut it down fast. I can’t imagine putting them in the school. My advise to you, is for you parents that disagree with this: go to the board meetings. Back then, we always did this and our voices were heard and they didn’t force their agenda on us. This is deeply concerning as a community issue.

      • Northside Mom

        Don’t forget last year the parents of Midstreams were unhappy with Brick District proposing to move their principal….parents showed up and spoke their minds and the BOE didn’t approve the move. BOE gives the parents a huge say. If you don’t want the change you HAVE to show up at the meeting 🙂

      • John Doe45

        Get a lawyer. Sound like they’re brushing you off and tip toeing around the issue.

      • Northside Mom

        Sorry to hear your child is being bullied. No child should have to deal with that……

      • Northside Mom

        curious, what resources does vmes have that hes doesn’t?

      • Outraged Mom

        I disagree. The K-5 kids throw rocks at people as well as vehicles. They are used as “Drug Look-outs” for their parents to let them know if the cops are coming. They vandalize our properties in Herbertsville. Let’s not say all the K-5 are not a problem.

      • Daniel Nee

        I can attest to this. Twice, I had rocks thrown at my vehicle while traveling on Herbertsville by kids in this age group. I called the police on both occasions. Fortunately, it didn’t cause any noticeable damage, but had I been driving faster it might have been a different story.

      • Michele Gallucci

        if i had seen some kids throwing rocks at my car i would have pulled over and chased their little asses throwing rocks at them

      • John Smith

        Living in section 8 might not make you a loser, but chasing kids and throwing rocks at them would Definitely make you a loser!

      • Michele Gallucci

        if a kid threw a rock at my car and damaged it
        will go after them and their parents you would do the same too

    • Concerned parent

      Couldn’t agree more

    • Daniel Nee

      The bulk of it (40 out of the 70 students affected) will be from VMES, according to what we’ve been told.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Ahh..diversity……had enough….lets get control of these landlords…lets make it harder to rent out these units to section 8 and leave us with the mess

    • Concerned parent

      Agreed

    • John Doe45

      More section 8 will be moving in based on the fact that they’re opening the gates to some better schools. It’s an incentive to take their free ride and get a great education from the taxpayers of Brick.

      • KaayC

        Yes, also agreed. Enough.

    • Michele Gallucci

      Not everyone can go out afford a beautiful home like you have nor can we afford the rent around here. So please stop saying they should not rent to people who have section 8. Because im on it does that make me a loser too???

      • Frank Rizzo

        What big house do i own….i live within my means….and i assure you…its not that high after paying taxes that you always want raised

      • Michele Gallucci

        I WANT THE TAXES RAISED?? AND YOUR NAME SOUNDS FAMILIAR BECAUSE I WENT TO POINT BEACH SCHOOL WITH A FRANK RIZZO. THE ONLY THING I WANT RAISED IS THE MINIMUM WAGE.

      • KaayC

        There is a minimum wage increment. It’s called college degree.

      • Michele Gallucci

        ok so ill go to college on a grant that is paid for by tax payers how is

      • Bob Gray

        Could you please speak English.

      • Michele Gallucci

        i went to a trade school to learn computers little did that help me

      • John Doe45

        You said it, not me….

      • Michele Gallucci

        so because im on it you think im a loser?? im not a sit at home loser i do have a job and go to work you know

    • Smokin

      They rent because it’s called we get paid by state

  • Outraged Mom

    My children go to Herbertsville. They have been adding students from Maple Leaf in the last few months and not telling anyone. Since these kids started, it has been a rapid decline on teachers having control in the classroom. My child has been spit on, pushed, and items “stolen” yes stolen by these Maple Leaf kids. The teacher looked shell shocked the last time I saw her. She told me this has been her worst year ever. Kids are constantly having to be sent out of the class b/c the teacher is overwhelmed, not to mention not used to behavior issues of this magnitude. Remember Herbertsvile is tiny. Central Administration said it themselves that there is no structure in their households, that they’re hoping Herbertsville can model the proper behavior to show these children the proper way of acting. This quality of life issue is now falling on our children? I’m paying $11K in property taxes for this? This administration is a joke! Maple Leaf has existed for many, many years. Now school enrollment is down and the districts own study says it’s down, yet this is now becoming an overcrowding issue.

    • Northside Mom

      Imagine teachers at vmes with 27 and 28 kids in their rooms having those issues…..

  • John Smith

    Inner city schools are so bad that there are metal detectors, chains on doors and all the snack machines are welded shut and locked in steel cages so the kids dont destroy them trying to rob them.
    Google it!

    • Outraged Mom

      I went to school in NYC. I’ve seen a teacher stabbed with a pencil from a 3rd grade student. When I was in 5th grade a child threw a desk at the substitute teacher. I’ve seen some bad things at schools done by kids from the projects. The only difference there was- The school had the security guards on staff full-time at each school. I remember they would come running into the room like a swat team when a problem child acted out. Looking back into my childhood, I did feel safe because of the school security. These schools are providing our children ZERO security. Leaving it up for the teachers to be cops in the classroom.

      • Northside Mom

        Agreed. I have a friend who works in barnegat. She had a desk tossed at her. Schools do need more security.

      • John Doe45

        They are going to wait for a child to get seriously hurt before something is done. Unfortunately, this is the way it goes. It’s more cost effective that way for the corrupt administration.

      • KaayC

        More security? No! More two parent families, smaller families ( all the wrong people having multiple children) and fewer illegals – Yes!

    • KaayC

      Yet they get all the Abott monies, go figure.

  • Concerned parent

    Take control of the apartment complex, hold these slumlords accountable, which will in turn get rid of the “trash” from other towns. Then, let’s talk about redistricting.

    • John Doe45

      They could be doing so much more to combat sawmill. I understand the cops have made it a designated police district. I agree the landlords are not held accountable for their section 8 tenants. Sawmill is mini Camden. People just keep moving in and living off the taxpayers. Now it looks like they’re getting some better school choices. Incentive to move more in unfortunately.

  • Lambchop0307

    I already heard from my neighbor there is a petition out. Does anyone know how to find it. Apparently, this is not sitting well with a lot of us. My kids have aged out of the school system, but this is going to affect my home value drastically if they’re really going through with this. I remember when Herbertsville was referred to as “Heavenly”. This is so sad that that will be a name of the past. So sorry for the parents that are being affected by this.

    • Rosesalute

      There is a petition, sign it. I know of some concerned parents going to the next meeting. I’m not sure when it is. I will post when I find out.

      • Northside Mom

        1st Thursday in may. It’s on the website.

      • KaayC

        Am out of town then, but want a voice in this.

      • Northside Mom

        Sorry I was wrong. Boe mtg is 2nd thurs. May 11

      • KaayC

        Thanks for the heads up!

      • Northside Mom

        Sorry, I’m wrong. Next Boe meeting is 2nd thurs not 1st

      • KaayC

        Please do.

      • John Doe45

        Midstreams is the next meeting on the 19th of April. Strength in numbers!

    • Northside Mom

      Don’t forget last year the parents of Midstreams were unhappy with Brick District proposing to move their principal….parents showed up and spoke their minds and the BOE didn’t approve the move. BOE gives the parents a huge say. If you don’t want the change you HAVE to show up at the meeting 🙂 It was also all over FB. Get the word out. The BOE listens to the parents!

  • John Smith
  • KaayC

    The real answer here is to open an alternative school to service Maple Leaf. In lieu of poisoning the entire district this seems feasible. Keep Lakewood ish out.

    • John Doe45

      That would be the best possible scenario. Give them the resources they need. Teachers who will put up with their BS, cops as security guards, free hunch lunch from the hard working families. They should not be forcing the schools to take in these kids for our students to teach these children how to properly act.

    • Marty Van Buren

      Great idea. Let’s get them their own bathrooms and drinking fountains, too. Make Brick Great Again!

      • KaayC

        Of course bathrooms and drinking fountains. Perhaps you have never observed a teacher and classroom held hostage by those two or three with no interest in education. It is a disturbing site to observe ill-parented miscreants holding rank and file good kids and teachers hostage. Until people ill-equipped to parent and sustain a household decide not to birth in cosignatory multiples I do take a pragmatic approach and say save the rank and file! Snarky little snot-nosed commentary there, Martin.

      • Rosesalute

        Next maple leaf redistricting meeting Is Mon April 24th @ 6PM @ Vets elementary. Spread the word. Keep them out!

  • John Smith

    No comments from J W ?

  • Michele Gallucci

    I wish that you all would stop mentioning people on section 8!!! I have it do you have a problem with me wanted to give my son a decent place to live. Just for the record I have a job but cant afford to pay the rent and utilities on my own so im thankful that i have the assistance from the federal government.

    • Frank Rizzo

      We dont know you….how can we say you are one of the good people on section 8….

      • Michele Gallucci

        Because i don’t take my section 8 for granted some of us have a right to affordable decent housing and with the wages being shit you cant afford to live here unless you make 20 dollars an hour just for a 2 bedroom place.

      • KaayC

        You have the “right” to birth who you can support. Stop blaming those picking up your slack. You maybe should have stayed in school and delayed parenthood. How bout that for a concept?

      • Michele Gallucci

        im fifty years old had first kid at 37 so i did not go to college because my parents could not afford to pay for 2 kids in college so my brother got to be the lucky one to go. While i worked my whole life

      • Bob Gray

        Your baby Dady is a black guy

      • Michele Gallucci

        First of all learn how to spell DADDY and yes my kid mixed you prejudice ass slime ball and what does his race have to do with anything.

    • KaayC

      Bottom line IMHO is if you couldn’t support a family you shouldn’t have had a family. But how politically incorrect of me to point to the obv.

      • Michele Gallucci

        first of all you dont know me i had my kid at the age of 35 unplanned and unexpected but i gave birth to him you need to make min 20 an hour to afford to live here in nj you need to atleast make 3000 a month to pay rent food clothes utilities and all that shit. i dont have husband or kids father helping me.

      • KaayC

        I don’t mean to be harsh and I think I was and for that I am sorry and apologize. I wish you well, Michele and hope some how you will manage a good life for yourself and family. Hang in there. These days many feel the financial crunch. I do believe education is key.

      • Michele Gallucci

        Thank you I was trying to point out that not all people that are on section 8 are bad. i do go to work and do not receive welfare and i still have to pay my portion of the rent and utilities. Schools are over crowded everywhere.

      • John Smith

        DID u have your first kid at 35 or 37?
        You cant have 2 first kids.
        Seems someone is not telling the truth.