Brigantine Schools

Bloated Brigantine School District Forcing Sea Tots To Close.

Sea Tots in Brigantine, the city’s popular, early childhood learning center is days away from closing. It’s been a family favorite for 27 years. Owner Joanne Kuchinsky has been providing daycare services from the very beginning. She also teaches preschool classes at Sea-Tots, daily from 7:30 a. to 5:30 p. Kuchinsky is being force to …

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Brigantine Teachers: 6th Highest Paid in New Jersey

It’s been reported by NJ.com that Brigantine has the 6th highest paid teachers in New Jersey. This comes on the heels of news revealed last week, that the Brigantine School District may have received pre-school funding using an error-prone application. Note: the term ‘median’ means half of the teachers get paid higher, the other half …

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Sera & Simpson Accused of Brigantine School Funding Scam, Plan to Shutter Popular Sea-Tots?

BrigantineNOW learned of another, sad story of Brigantine Green Head Politics in action. The following post comes from comments posted here on Sept 4, 2018. Here are some excerpts, lightly edited for clarity: Hello, my name is William Kuchinsky. My wife Joanne and I own Sea Tot’s Early learning Center. Sea Tot’s has been in …

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Tough Love for Brigantine: Schools, Business and Real Estate Trends in 2018.

Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) has penned another open letter to the residents of Brigantine. The BTA asked: What’s Ahead for Brigantine? Let’s take a look at some of the current trends in Brigantine, as influenced by the BTA’s recent letter. The residential population of Brigantine is in steady decline. In 2000, Brig had a population …

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2016 Brigantine Schools: Enrollment & Grades Down, Expenses Up.

A recent letter was sent to the Brigantine Board of Education and School Superintendent. it came from the Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA). Here are some of the bullet pointed contained within: Approx 1/3 of each tax dollar goes toward the school district, one that has declining enrollment and rising expenses. Declining Enrollment. 52 fewer students…year over …

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2016 Master Plan for Brigantine. Why Two Schools?

The Brigantine Planning Board quietly adopted a new Master Plan for Brigantine on Sept 28, 2016. Have you seen it? Me neither. Why did they keep it a secret? No public input, no council discussion. Click to see 2016 Brigantine Master Plan here. Brigantine-2016-Master-Plan-Report Did you know? Brigantine is encouraging the development of Bed and …

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Brigantine’s Phil Guenther to Lay off 40 Teachers Aides.

Parents and staff are protesting Phil Guenthers plan to privatize the services of personal aides assigned to students. Brigantine’s Guenther informed 40 aides they’ll be laid off as of June 30. Surprised? Don’t be. This downsizing isn’t happening inside the bloated Brigantine School district. Rather, School Superintendent Guenther, NOT Mayor Guenther, is sending 40 aides packin’ at …

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Brigantine Mayor & School Board Ignore Cost-Cutting Suggestions

To the editor: Thirty-five concerned Brigantine teachers, parents and taxpayers attended the recent standing-room-only Brigantine school board meeting. Most expressed frustration and dismay at the board’s repeated 24-monthfailure to perform its duty to address new teacher contracts. New contracts for dedicated teachers are long overdue. Many Brigantine teachers continue to receive the same effective pay …

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Brigantine School Superintendent Says ‘No Consolidation Needed’

Brigantine school consolidation is not needed. That’s what Brigantine Mayor Phil Guenther and School Superintendent; Brian Pruitt reported last week via a highly questionable document called: Brigantine Public Schools Consolidation Study. (click to read) This so-called study was released to the general public, just minutes before it was voted upon and approved by the Brigantine School Board. …

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Brigantine School Superintendent Opposes Consolidation

Will Brigantine taxpayers see much needed relief anytime soon? ‘Not likely’, says a growing number of concerned citizens. Explosive school district costs will tax relief a non-starter. Twelve new hires have recently been added to the Brigantine City Hall staff. Over 30 employees make over $100K (not counting OT, Health & Pension). And let’s not …

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Brigantine School Board Under Pressure. Low Grades & High Salaries

To the editor from the Brigantine Taxpayers Association….. We received a copy of the flyer written by the Brigantine Education Association urging residents to attend the 9/24/15 Board of Education meeting to discuss its expired contract with the board. We knew nothing of the circumstances regarding this contract. We went to listen and learn something …

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Time to Consolidate Brigantine Schools & Lower Taxes.

Brigantine school district employees want more money, even though student enrollment and test scores continue to decline. As of Sept. 2015, enrollment numbers provided by Superintendent Pruitt look bleak. They slide downward every single year. Elementary school – 378 Middle school – 285 Total – 663 In 2012, the Brigantine Taxpayers Association wrote a letter to …

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McClay & Guenther Join Hands and Say OK to $5 Million Expense with Limited Detail.

A $5 million dollar expenditure, with minimal detail was quickly approved by Brigantine City Council on Wednesday night, May 20. This debt will be used for Brigantine School District infrastructure improvements that have yet to be clearly identified or prioritized, as pointed out by Councilman Rick DeLucry. Mayor Guenther admitted he was not able to confidently …

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Brigantine Schools Release Salary Data for 2014

See 2014/15 Brigantine School District SALARY data here. Brigantine Taxpayers Association (BTA) received this information on Nov 12, 2014, in cooperation with Brigantine City Hall, Superintendent Brian Pruitt and Mayor Guenther. This public service helps local taxpayers evaluate our public school system. The Brigantine Taxpayers Association continues to advocate for consolidation of Brigantine’s side-by-side schools, …

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