Categories
Bellmawr Education News

Bellmawr School District Announces Appointment of Danielle Sochor as Next Superintendent

The Bellmawr Board of Education is proud to announce the appointment of Danielle Sochor as the school district’s next superintendent. Mrs. Sochor was unanimously approved at the regular board meeting held on April 29, 2020 and will assume the position on July 1, 2020.

Image credit: Twitter

The search began after current superintendent, Annette Castiglione, stated her intention to retire at the end of her contract, which will be on June 30, 2020.

Ms. Castiglione has dedicated herself to Bellmawr since she became superintendent in 2007, leading the district in achieving a new level of educational excellence. The district is so thankful for her years of service, and therefore knew how important it would be to pick just the right person to be the next great leader of the district, building upon the accomplishments of Superintendent Castiglione.

Step one in that process began in December, when the Board held open door community meetings in all three schools to allow parents, teachers, and community members to provide their input with regard to the qualities the next superintendent needed to possess. Additionally, a survey yielded hundreds of responses from community members all across Bellmawr. The Board was able to use both the survey and the in-person responses to create an advertisement for the position; one that would produce not only qualified candidates, but candidates that also fit the needs and personality of the district.

This advertisement brought in 47 applicants during January and February, which was gradually whittled down to four final candidates by March. It was then during the final round of interviews that it became clear that Danielle Sochor possessed all of the critical components the next superintendent of Bellmawr would need in order to lead the district into a new era. While all of the candidates were well-qualified, Mrs. Sochor rose above as the perfect fit. She joins us following her tenure of 10 years with Glassboro Public Schools, where she is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the district and is also serving as the principal for J. Harvey Rodgers Elementary School.

Prior to that, she served as a special education supervisor and curriculum coordinator with the Hainesport Board of Education.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the new superintendent of the Bellmawr School District. I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, parents, and community. I am committed to providing all students with an exceptional educational experience which will assist them with becoming productive members of an ever-changing global society,” says Mrs. Sochor.

The district will be working on a welcome video to introduce her to the Bellmawr Learning Community in the near future, as a formal in-person meet and greet is not yet permitted under the current conditions of the
Governor’s Executive Orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, as soon as we are legally able, we will be sure to invite students, staff, parents, and all members of the Bellmawr community to formally welcome Mrs. Sochor to our district in-person.


Post updated on May 6, 2020 at 11:40 a.m. to include Ms. Sochor’s letter.

Categories
Bellmawr Education News Recent News

Public Hearing for Bellmawr School District’s 2020-21 Budget to be Held Remotely on April 29

Given the current restrictions on public gatherings, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2020 will be held remotely and will also serve as the public meeting for the 2020-2021 school year budget.

The meeting will still begin at 5:00 p.m. as advertised.

To Join the Meeting

Cisco WebEx:

Click here for instructions on how to access the meeting from a computer, tablet, or smartphone via the Bellmawr School District website.

You will be asked to provide simple identifying information before being admitted. You will then enter the meeting muted and will only see and hear the board for the duration of the meeting. At the time for public comment, if you would like to speak you may either utilize the “raise hand” option or send a message via chat to the “host” and you will be unmuted for comment.

Should an executive session be necessary, the event will remain active, but the microphone will be muted, and a message will occupy the screen until regular session resumes.

Audio Only:

Dial (408) 418-9388 toll free from any phone. The access code for the event will be 716 455 579. It may ask you for your registration or attendee ID, which you can skip and then you will be granted access.

Since the schools are closed and coming to the school to review the full budget is not possible, please email Patrick Doyle, Business Administrator, at: pdoyle@bellmawrschools.org if you would like to review the budget in its entirety, rather than just the advertised budget.

To view the advertised budget, click the image below:

Categories
Education Feature Stories Local Government News Recent News

Bellmawr BOE Appoints Bill Evans to Vacant Seat

At their August 21, 2019 meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) voted to appoint Bill Evans to the vacant board position for the term ending December 31, 2019.

Evans replaces Patrick Murray, who resigned in June, 2019 after 5 ½ years of service.       

Categories
Bellmawr Education News Recent News

Bellmawr BOE Approves District’s Tentative 2018-19 $16.1M Budget

The Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) voted to approve the district’s tentative 2018-19 budget on March 19, 2018. The budget has been sent to the County for approval.

A Public Hearing for the 2018-19 budget will take place on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m in the Bell Oaks Media Center.

The BOE also voted to approve the use of the following adjustments in preparation of the tentative 2018-2019 Budget:

  • Automatic Pre-budget Year Tax Levy and Enrollment Adjustments
  • Banked Cap from the 2016-2017 school year ($20,936) and 2017-2018 school year ($79,064), for a total of $100,000 to be used in 2018-2019 for the purchase of new social studies and writing curriculum, with funds to be used by the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Additionally, the BOE approved the use of the following reserve account withdrawals as part of the tentative 2018-2019 Budget:
    • $100,000 withdrawal from the Capital Reserve account for the 2018-2019 budget for the Bell Oaks Greenhouse Project.
    • $98,515 withdrawal from the Maintenance Reserve for parking lot resurfacing ($48,515) and building security reinforcement ($50,000).

Regarding an estimated tax increase, Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle, stated: “The average home will probably see about a $60 tax increase. It is still tentative and could still change.”

He also said: “We are adding a few positions – a couple of basic skills math positions and a BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst). We have a couple of withdrawals from our capital reserve and our maintenance reserve for some facilities projects and the potential greenhouse at Bell Oaks. We are bringing in about $100,000 in banked cap to increase our tax levy.”

To view the advertised budget in detail, click below:


In other matters, Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, said that pre-school enrollment is complete. There was a two-week open enrollment and 135 pre-school students were registered. Anyone who registers from this point on will be placed on a waiting list, she said. “We have 84 going into the four-year old program and 51 going into the three-year old program. We are pretty excited about that. We also continue to get additional pre-school funds and we are always looking at ways to open additional classrooms.”

She also stated that Bell Oaks is up for a national School of Character Award and that an announcement is expected in mid-May.

In February, Bell Oaks was named an Outstanding School of Character.

Board member Lisa Young stated the Bellmawr Learning Center Community PTO collectively raised $3,500 from the recent Rock Our Socks fundraiser and they are looking into possibly having a Color Run in June.

All business on the meeting agenda was approved. To view the agenda in detail, click below:

Bellmawr School Board March 19, 2018 Agenda

Categories
Bellmawr Education Feature Stories Recent News

Bellmawr BOE Names Danielle Tomeo President; Eric Hoban Vice President

During the January 3, 2018 Reorganization meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) voted to name Danielle Tomeo as Board President and Eric Hoban as Vice President.

Tomeo, along with Lisa Young and Kelly Rosato were sworn in by Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle.

Above: Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle, swears in Danielle Tomeo, Kelly Rosato, and Lisa Young.

Below from back left: Business Administrator, Patrick Doyle, Chris Concannon, Eric Hoban, Patrick Murrary, and Mike “Juice” Williams. Front left: Danielle Tomeo, School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione, Lisa Young, and Kelly Rosato. (Photos provided).

Meeting Agenda

All business on the meeting agenda was approved.

Jody Mangus Honored

At the December, 2017 Board of Education meeting, Jody Mangus was honored with a plaque recognizing her for her many years of service on the Board.

Jody Mangus and Annette Castiglione (Photo credit: Bellmawr Public Schools – Facebook)

Jody Mangus and Mike “Juice” Williams