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The Barrington School District Board of Education this week sought further information before finalizing changes to Woodland School’s math curriculum and scoreboard while OKing a greenhouse at the school and honoring a top teacher and students of the month.
The board and Superintendent Anthony Arcodia set aside time at the beginning of the meeting to present a plaque to Avon School kindergarten teacher Maria Tregear, who recently was voted as “one of the best” teachers in South Jersey in the Courier-Post’s annual “Best of South Jersey” polls.
The board, along with Woodland School Principal David Zucker, also recognized May’s students of the month:
5th Grade: Alexander DiMatteo, Diamyn Green, Peyton Klopp
6th Grade: Madison Nichols , Chloe Ward
7th Grade: Jason Cavalieri, Kayla Stevens
8th Grade: Stephen Marty, Natalia Rommen
When it came to approving up to $19,000 for the purchase of new math textbooks for Grades 6-8, however, the board chose not to move forward.
Board members questioned whether moving to a curriculum that differs from what Haddon Heights School District uses might put Barrington students at a disadvantage when they begin to attend Haddon Heights High School in ninth grade.
Arcodia and Zucker vouched for the new system, noting it was more in line with statewide common core standards and was a more concrete way of teaching math, while the previous method was “too abstract.”
The board chose to delay its decision on the matter until the Curriculum Committee had the opportunity to learn more about the new textbooks and hear from teachers regarding their opinions on the change.
The board did OK funds for painting and refinishing the Woodland School gymnasium and placing a greenhouse at the school.
The board asked about options for the new scoreboard in the gym including where it could be placed to best serve the players and audience and whether two smaller board placed on each end of the court might better serve everyone than one larger board near the center. Arcodia said he would seek answers and options.
The board also heard details regarding the construction of the new greenhouse at Woodland School. The 8.5-foot x 16-foot structure will allow for new education opportunities for students and may grow vegetables that will be used in school lunches. It will be placed in the courtyard area behind the school.
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