1st Annual Food Challenge – Cherry Hill West

On Friday, February 5th, 2010 at 7:30 PM Cherry Hill West High School is hosting the !st Annual Food Challenge where local non-professional bakers will be showing off their baked goods.  The baked goods will be judged by professional bakers from Frog Commissary Catering, Classic Cakes, and Charlene Kronk of Chery Hill West.

Bakers may submit their entry for a $10 entrance fee on four categories – cheesecake, pie, cookies, and brownies.  Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple ($25 at the door).  There will also be a silent auction.

The entry form an rules can be found here.

All proceeds will help fund graduation ceremonies.

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Hoax Puts School In Lockdown

Today, January 7, 2010 the Beck Middle School went into lockdown mode when graffiti of a threatening nature was found in the girl’s bathroom.  This set the school’s lock down operations into motion and the police were called to the building.

The district notification system was activated and parents were called by phone to alert them of the situation.  A second call followed when the lockdown was lifted.

Despite the fact that this was a hoax and the perpetrator should be dealt with accordingly, this did demonstrate that the procedures put in place by the school board for these situation does work and the school board and Beck school should be commended for that.

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Cherry Hill School Board Freezes Budget

In an effort to stem the tide of increasing school budgets, the Cherry Hill Board of Education has frozen the school budget for this school year.  They are doing this in hopes to reduce to demand for increasing the budget in the upcoming year.

One of the interesting facts that appears when you take a look at the comparative facts and figures for the 2009 spending guide is the fact that the median administrators salary has increased almost 20% in the last 4 years.  With more and more people out of work, why is it that we are paying administrators 20% then we did 4 years ago?  Administrators are not actually teaching our children, they are just supervising the teachers.  How is it that these types of jobs are granted salary increases when at the same time they are laying off teachers.  There is obviously something wrong with this picture.  Maybe its time for a change in how our school budget is being determined – it looks just like every other government agency who gives themselves raises without actually having to produce anything of true value.

Now is the time for the people of the community to get involved with how and where are tax dollars are being spent.

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