December 2022

December is always a welcomed month as the season’s holidays add a level of excitement and warmth to our schools. Particularly, I hope you and your families take advantage of attending your school’s holiday concerts. Our students and teachers work hard all semester long to produce an entertaining show. Good luck!

 Some concerned parents brought to the Board’s attention the processing fee that parents are charged when loading funds and/or making payments onto students’ School Breakfast and Lunch accounts in the PaySchools App. In case you missed it in a late November communication, the Administration provided some clarifications on the issue, “These fees occur with every transaction, so whether you are paying manually (daily, weekly or monthly) or even if you have chosen an automatic payment schedule, please be aware that there is a processing fee surcharge attached to each transaction. This fee can be avoided by paying with cash or a check. Simply have your student bring their payment to the school cafeteria cashier for processing or mail/drop the payment off yourself to your student’s Main Office staff, noting “Attention: Cafeteria” on the envelope. Checks should be made out to the “Woodbridge BOE-Cafeteria Account” and include your student’s name and ID number in the check memo. The same information (student’s name and ID number) should be included with any cash payment. Cash/check payments will immediately show as a credit to your student’s PaySchools Central account at the time of processing by the cafeteria staff. Should you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to reach out to our Food Services Department at (732)602-2536.

 Speaking of food, did you know that the district and township have a joint venture to provide our adult special education students with hands-on workforce training? Serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday during the school year, “MayorMac's Café” offers a hearty menu from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Cypress Center, 881West Ave, Port Reading, NJ. Our students are ready to serve you!

At our November Board meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Thomas Perry as the Principal of Sewaren’s Matthew Jago Elementary School #28 effective in January. Mr. Perry has been serving in an acting role and will replace longtime Principal Robert Patten who is retiring after 50.5 years. I offer Mr. Patten my best wishes on a well-deserved retirement! Mr. Perry’s vacant Vice Principal job at Woodbridge High is expected to be filled this month.

 I once again remind residents that the district’s third-party substitute teacher vendor, ESS, is always welcoming new substitute teachers. In an effort to ensure that the district attracts as many substitute teachers as possible and pays a competitive wage with our neighboring districts, the district pays $120 for high school and middle school substitutes; $130 for elementary school substitutes, and $150 for long-term substitutes. Half-day substitutes are also needed if your time is more limited. If interested, please visitess.com to apply or call 1-877-983-2244.

For December, please note that Winter Break begins with an Early Dismissal on Friday,  December 23, and endures through Monday, January 2. Class resumes on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Enjoy your Winter Break!

The Board will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 PM. The Board will meet in the gymnasium of the new Ross Street Elementary School#11, 110 Ross Street, Woodbridge. The public portion of the meeting will begin after 6:30 PM. The Board will hold its Reorganization Meeting on January 5, 2023, and its next regular meeting on Thursday, January 19. As always, you can view or read up on all previous Board meetings through the district’s website. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can view it live from the district’s Facebook page.

Should you ever require my assistance, I welcome your input at one of our monthly Board of Education meetings. You can also e-mail the full board at board@woodbridge.k12.nj.us or call the Board Secretary’s office at 732-602-8536. As always, Dr. Massimino welcomes any questions at Joseph.Massimino@woodbridge.K12.nj.us.