District Rededicates Morris Avenue School

School was redesigned this summer


The Morris Avenue School was transformed this summer, so the Long Branch School District felt it was fitting to rededicate the school Wednesday morning.

The school was officially renamed the Morris Avenue School after originally being called the Amerigo A. Anastasia School since it opened in 1973. When the district opened the new Amerigo A. Anastasia School, the school became known as the Morris Avenue School.

The pre-K to second grade school, located at 318 Morris Avenue, Long Branch, originally featured an open air, pod-style design, has been redesigned to make it more modern and to improve the learning experience for children.

The project, which was completed on Aug. 24, transformed the school which now features separate classrooms and hallways. The former design featured four pods separated by dividers that contained four classrooms each.

"For the first time, the Morris Avenue School has a quiet learning environment," Principal Matthew Johnson said at the rededication.

A New Jersey Supreme Court Abbott XXI ruling on school funding provided the school with the money for the project.

Long Branch School District Facilities Manager Ann Degnan said a bulk of the $725,000 project was done by McCauley Construction Company Inc. and other aspects, mostly exterior renovations, were done by another company hired by the district.

Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said he was pleased with the new design.

"It has always been a great school, but now it really shines," Salvatore said.

Debbi Horvath Watson October 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Debbi Horvath Watson October 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Big Whitey, I must have misunderstood your comment. I don't like paying for 'illegals' either, but after 9/11 it is very hard to become 'legal'. That one is on the government. I will pay, because I actually want to stay in the district. I would say you could move, but not only would that sound confrontational, which is not my intent, but you would still be paying for someone's education, no matter where you went. What about the of people who own rental properties here, live in different towns and use the rental address to keep thier kids in this district. That creates the need for more schools and they are some of the ones crying for more funding as well. As far as the teachers go I do agree that there are some better than others and I do not believe in tenure. I would prefer a fresh out of school teacher who knows her stuff and is hungry to teach than a tired teacher that is just coasting toward retirement with no fear of losing her job for not teaching properly.
Peter Koenig October 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
For me, the continuing crisis in LB schools isn't about the ethnic composition of the student body - it's about the nature and quality of the curriculum, and the continuing refusal of the LB administration (and most though not all of the School Board) to admit there are problems. Respectfully, I doubt there are a significant number of "out of towners" who use LB rental addresses ro gain admission to LB schools. Given the District's poor performance, one would be foolish to do so. Big Whitey: in my opinion and experience in LB, most (not all) of what we considered the best teachers had significant teaching experience and were frustrated by District policies. And there were (and are) some truly good teachers here; God bless them for their efforts and perseverance. I'm glad this article has stimulated at least some discussion on these issues of public concern. Curious that no one from the School Board or administration has addressed the poor test scores, existing problems, etc. Curious? Maybe not; that's been the attitude for far too long.
Big Whitey October 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Peter and Debbi, it is good we are at least talking about this topic. We need to get people on the Board who care about taxpayers, and not the cronyism. Why the Hell did they name a school after Feraina and Giambrone. Are they super volunteeers or something?
Big Whitey October 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM
And someone should post what the budget is. Forty one million? Am I correct? And how many kids do we educate?


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