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Toms River celebrates its own New Jersey Teacher of the Year

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TOMS RIVER – Christine Girtain had some advice for her students in remarks at the end of a pep rally Monday held in her honor at RWJBarnabas Health Arena.

“Whatever choice you make in your career, make sure you love it as much as I love this,” said Girtain, who last week was named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year for 2022-2023 by the state Department of Education, “for this has been one helluva ride.”

A combined band of Toms River High School North and South students serenaded Girtain, school mascots led cheers, and several of her students, along with a series of speakers, lauded the science teacher for her devotion to educating and seeking extra opportunities for the kids in her classes.

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How much NJ schools actually spend on teaching students: A rank of all districts

in Toms River News

TRENTON – Total spending per student in New Jersey’s public schools increased 7.1% during the 2020-21 school year, according to the annual spending report published by the state.

The statewide average was $24,543.

That measurement is more than the budgetary cost per pupil that districts advertise when publishing their user-friendly budget each spring. The budgetary total excludes costs that are not directly comparable between districts such as transportation, debt for school construction and tuition payments for out-of-district programs.

Toms River School Board Sets Special Meeting

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Toms River Regional Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to announce the appointment of a new superintendent of schools.

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State to turn over data on how several shore-area schools are funded

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A joint lawsuit filed by several shore-area school districts will soon shed more light on how the state determines how much money schools receive.
The court decided that the state Department of Education will have to turn over all data on how the schools are funded.

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Toms River Schools Closed Jan. 7 For Snow Day

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TOMS RIVER, NJ — The Toms River Regional School District will be closed Friday because of the second storm in a week that was depositing snow across the area.

The district updated its decision early Friday. Snow began falling about 1 a.m. and by 5 a.m. many roads were covered with a layer of white.

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Should NJ Schools Offer Virtual Classes Amid Surge? Take Our Poll

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NEW JERSEY — As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to surge in New Jersey, some parents are expressing concerns about sending students back to school on Monday.

The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported there were 20,483 new positive PCR test results. From Dec. 22 through Wednesday, the state has seen 98,652 new positive cases of the virus, as the state monitors both the delta and the omicron variants.

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Toms River School Threat Unfounded

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TOMS RIVER – A threat on social media was reported to school officials but it was learned that it was in a different town.

The district became aware of the social media post at around 9:45 a.m. on December 14, High School South Principal Michael Citta said in a note to parents. Within ten minutes, the police School Resource Officer confirmed that it was actually for New Brunswick High School.

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