|New Egypt, New Jersey|
NHS receives high praise for curriculum
By Bob Vosseller
Tuesday, September 14, 1999 2:02 PM
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History will be made this week when 100 ninth-graders enter the New Egypt high School marking its inaugural class.
Two years ago Plumsted Township voters in a strong majority vote withdrew from Allentown High School in the Upper Freehold Regional School District through a referendum vote.
During Mondays Board of Education meeting Board President Herbert Marinari praised the New Egypt High School curriculum saying it "was reviewed by the board and it looks excellent to me. If the end results come to fruition, our students will be in a much better place then previous students." The Board gave high praise to the high schools scholastic program. New Egypt High School Principal Jerry North, who previously served the Hawthorne High School developed most of the curriculum.
This Tuesday, the incoming freshman class will move into the east wing of an unfinished, two-story building behind the existing middle school on Evergreen Road.
This is a temporary arrangement. The new building will eventually switch over to become the new district middle school but during the 1999-2000 school year will be used as the high school.
With the 2000-2001 school year, the high school will be housed in the current middle school building while middle school students will report to the new building.
The high school will graduate its first class from this years ninth grade in the spring of 2003.
Plumsteds high school students will be the only Ocean County athletes to compete outside the Shore Conference,.
They will be playing in the Burlington County Scholastic League, Group I. Principal North said that this would allow the district to compete against other schools of comparable size, even when its projected enrollment reaches its zenith of 500 to 600 students. This will reduce travel time to events. The high school will be the smallest in the state with only 100 students. Weight rooms and lockers are being completed and bus schedules were due to be sent out later this week for receipt by Friday, according to Superintendent Dr. Woehr.
Dr. Woehr said he sees the opening of the building as part of a 16-18 month project. He knew the school would not be ready for the beginning of the school year in September.
The district expected to receive its certificate of occupancy this week and its seven-classroom wing for instruction to be completed. During the first year ninth-graders will have to make a short walk to the middle school for lunch and other elective courses. Construction for the remainder of the structure is expected to be finished by November. Torchio Bros. is the general contractor while New Roads Construction Co. is the construction-management firm in charge of the project. The high school will have five, 75 minute sessions, with school ending at 2:10 p.m. Its sports team will meet for a 3 p.m. practice which will permit students to gain help for their courses or for guidance counseling or participate in clubs and extracurricular activities. "We hope some of our residents will stop by to see the first day, first class of the New Egypt High School," Dr. Gerald Woehr said.
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