Public Works Reveals Contest Winners

Asbury Park residents can again expect the artwork of district students to brighten the city’s annual recycling calendar this year. At assemblies held at Bradley, Thurgood Marshall and Barack H. Obama schools Monday, Yvonne Adams announced the winners and gave small prizes to all fourth graders who entered a drawing in the competition.

Bike Rodeo Stops at Thurgood Marshall

On Nov. 11, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) sponsored a Bike Rodeo for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park. In partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Meadowlink provides funding to allow the SRTS program to operate in the Asbury Park School District.

Asbury's new superintendent talks vision at APP event

When Lamont Repollet met with the public at large for the first time as Asbury Park's new superintendent of schools, he had his trademark hardhat at his side. "The hardhat is a symbol of building a brighter future for every student in the city of Asbury Park," Repollet told attendees.

Press, Asbury Schools to Welcome New Superintendent

The Asbury Park Press is partnering with the city’s school district to welcome the newly appointed superintendent at a special community event. Lamont Repollet, who started this month with the district, will be at Asbury Park Middle School on Thursday to discuss his vision for the district with families, educators and the general public.

Bradley Elementary Goes Pink

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bradley Elementary School hosted its first Annual Breast Cancer Parade on Friday, Oct. 17.

Asbury Park's Political Power Struggle

 It's the tale of two cities. To the east, a blooming waterfront and downtown thrives with summer tourists, bars, eclectic shops, upscale condominiums and a growing gay community. To the west lies an enclave of deteriorating public housing projects, bodegas, rental homes and most of the schools in the city's troubled district.

Barack H. Obama Elementary School Gets New Playground

ASBURY PARK – Students of the Barack H. Obama Elementary School now have a playground to call their own. The Asbury Park School District hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 14 to mark the occasion.

The ribbon was cut by Asbury Park Mayor Myra Campbell, who was assisted by Principal Kathy Baumgardner and Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet. As an added bonus, the school’s Super Star Students for the month were allowed to be the first to try out the new equipment.

Baumgardner said her students had observed with anticipation the playground’s construction over the past six weeks.

“I love that the students were able to see, from the ground up, how a playground is assembled. They are so amazed at how it has developed into the final product,” she added. “I am excited for the students of this community. They have a beautiful building, and now, they have a beautiful play area!”

The playground is divided into two sections – a tot lot for age three to five; and one for elementary students age five to 12. The facility is open to students only during school hours.  The equipment, manufactured by Game Time, is designed to enhance youths’ cognitive (Connect 3, Tick, Tac Toe and Rubik’s Cube) and motor skills (two rock climbing devices, sliding boards and monkey bars).

Mayor Campbell said the unveiling was extra special to her as she was instrumental in August 2009 in renaming the building, formerly known as the Bangs Avenue School. She said her goal was to encourage the students to look up to Sasha and Malia Obama as role models each time they entered the building named after their father.

“Never stop dreaming,” Campbell said.  “You can be anything you want to be.”

Asbury Park Electorate Being Snub

Asbury Park faces what may be its most important election in years next month when control of the school board and City Council are at stake, and city residents will be electing a mayor for the first time under the new form of government approved by voters last year.

Two Slates Face Off in Asbury Park School Board Elections

 Two slates. Six candidates. Three open seats.

The future of Asbury Park's schoolchildren is in the hands of city voters.

On Nov. 4, the A-Team and Moving Forward campaign slates will face off in the school board election to fill the three seats left open by expired terms.

Asbury Park School Board Candidates Talk Issues Live

Asbury Park candidates for the district's Board of Education on the "Moving Forward" slate joined the Asbury Park Press editorial board Monday for a live chat about their platform and issues facing the district ranging from fiscal accountability to school board dysfunction and academic programs.

Meet Asbury Park Superintendent Lamont Repollet

When Lamont Repollet takes over as Asbury Park's new schools superintendent next month, he'll be carrying a white hard hat at his side. The hat, Repollet says, is a message to his students, and the community: Just like a construction worker, he's ready to rebuild this struggling school district from the bottom up.

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