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Kingsway Regional School District
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Woolwich Twp. – The Kingsway Education Foundation (KEF) has accepted a five thousand dollars ($5,000) donation from the Kingsway Education Association, making the KEA a Valedictorian Sponsor. The donation will be celebrated at the next District Board of Education meeting scheduled for January 26th.
This donation brings the KEAs donation totals to eight thousand dollars ($8,000). “This is our second year contributing because we felt so strongly about the Foundation and all it provides for our students and our teachers by enhancing curricular experiences as well as providing for mini-grants to faculty and staff, “said Laura Reynolds, KEA PRIDE Co-Chairperson
The KEA is an affiliate of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and represents the teachers, nurses, librarians, guidance counselors, child study team members, educational assistants, bus drivers, and custodial workers. The KEA PRIDE crusade was begun in an effort to support the educational achievements of the Kingsway community. KEA Pride strives to work with the Kingsway community to increase involvement and support of Kingsway’s OUTSTANDING public school system.
In 1994 NJEA initiated PRIDE in Public Education, a campaign aimed at sharing the successes of New Jersey’s public schools and building community support and involvement. PRIDE has supported thousands of projects that bring our schools, our union, and our communities together to celebrate the achievements of NJ’s great public schools. One of the most important aspects of PRIDE is the recognition and publicity the projects often produce. The more a community knows about how good its schools are, the more likely it is to get involved and offer support.
“Keeping PRIDE funds within the Kingsway community is a small but impactful step in helping the District manage our current financial crisis. This money will be used to assist with funding student scholarships and employee mini-grants,” said Dr. James J. Lavender, Superintendent of Schools and Foundation Executive Director. “The Foundation’s role in our districts is critical, given our state funding shortfall, and we are fortunate to have generous financial support of Kingsway Education Association.”
The Kingsway Education Foundation (KEF) is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. It is independent of the Kingsway Regional School District, but is intended to support the District’s educational goals. To date the Foundation has awarded more than $94,000 in mini-grants and $24,250 in student scholarships.
Historically, the Kingsway Regional School District has been able to support a range of programs that have kept its middle school and high school at the forefront of education. Over the last few years however, Kingsway has seen its state aid per pupil reduced, only receiving 43.3% of the State Aid it is entitled. The lack of state aid, in the face of unrelenting student enrollment growth, is making it difficult for the District to maintain its excellent educational programs, academic electives, and co-curricular programs. To learn more about the Foundation, click here.
The School Funding Formula (SFRA) entitles full state aid to school districts per pupil enrollment. However, as Kingsway's enrollment swelled beyond what its operating budget could handle, state funding has been held relatively flat. To illustrate this point, Kingsway is funded at 47% of what it is entitled to, whereas other Districts in Gloucester County are funded at 140%. What does this all mean? It is simple, the burden of funding our schools has disproportionally been placed on the backs of our tax payers. To learn more about the District’s Fair Funding Campaign, click here.
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If You Go: Press and media are invited to attend the Kingsway Regional Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, January 26th, 7:00 p.m. to observe the presentation.
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About the Kingsway Regional School District
Kingsway is a limited purpose regional school district that offers its students a rigorous academic program and a myriad of enrichment programs and services for students in grades 7 to 12. Kingsway Regional Middle School (grades 7 to 8) and Kingsway Regional High School (grades 9 to 12) cater to the individual needs of our students and promote opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest. Our population of approximately 2,700 students is multicultural and reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. Its mission is to ensure that all students receive rigorous and engaging instructional experiences that promote high levels of student achievement, including those with diverse learning needs. To learn more visit the District’s website at www.krsd.org.