Pugh Re-Elected to Moorestown BOE

posted Nov 4, 2015, 4:15 PM by Brandon Pugh

I am excited to say that I was re-elected to the Moorestown Board of Education yesterday. I look forward to continuing to serve for another three years. 

Thank you to everyone that supported me, and continues to do so.

Governor's Speech on Education

posted Jun 2, 2015, 12:29 PM by Brandon Pugh

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Governor Christie made a speech on education at Burlington County College in Pemberton.

I was fortunate to attend, and I wrote an article to clarify what was said, and to discuss the future of CommonCore and PARCC in New Jersey.

Project Graduation 2015

posted Apr 13, 2015, 10:36 AM by Brandon Pugh

In a special edition of my Moorestown Patch Education Monthly I share information on Project Graduation and how you can help to ensure its continued success. 

The article can be found at http://patch.com/new-jersey/moorestown/project-graduation-offers-moorestown-high-school-grads-safe-alternative-celebrate.

Additional information on the program can be found at http://www.moorestowneducationfoundation.org/#!projectgraduation/cgyy.

Moorestown BOE Committees & Liaisons

posted Mar 25, 2015, 5:10 PM by Brandon Pugh   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 5:11 PM ]

I was recently asked by a resident which Board of Education Members serve on a particular committee. I realized this information was not available online so I prepared an outline of the Board's committees/liaisons, and it is now available on the District Website.

For a full listing of the Board's committees/members on the MTPS Website Click Here, or refer to the outline below. 

Moorestown Board of Education
2015 Committee & Special Assignments Listing

The Moorestown Board of Education operates through a committee structure, which involves committees comprised of board members and administration.  Administrators conduct studies and make recommendations to the Board, acting in an advisory capacity. Committees are not authorized to take action on behalf of the Board. The Board’s standing committees are listed below, with a brief description and the current membership of each.
Budget and Finance: The committee is tasked with monitoring and reviewing district finances, developing budget proposals, reviewing both expenditures and revenues, and making recommendations to the Board on financial matters including revenue generation ideas.

  • Chair: Kathy Goldenberg; Members: Peter Palko, Caryn Shaw, Matt Simeone

Curriculum and Student Services: The committee is tasked with reviewing information related to district curriculum, including curricular standards, purchases, instruction, and academic offerings.

  • Chair: Sheryl Sawin; Members: Caryn Shaw, Matt Simeone, David Weinstein

Operations and Facilities: The committee is tasked with reviewing items related to facility usage, improvements/repairs, construction, energy usage, and other elements related to district operations.

  • Chair: Matthew Simeone; Members: Kathy Goldenberg, Albert Panzarella, Peter Palko

Policy and Governance: The committee is tasked with reviewing, updating, creating, and monitoring district policies and procedures, along with promoting measures for effective Board governance.

  • Chair: Brandon Pugh; Members: Ann Marie Reyher, Caryn Shaw, David Weinstein

Technology: The committee is tasked with reviewing technology usage in the district, purchases related to technology, curricular connections to technology, and leading the district’s future in terms of technology.

  • Chair: Peter Palko; Members: Kathy Goldenberg, Brandon Pugh, Sheryl Sawin

Residency: The committee meets on an as needed basis to review/hear cases in which a student may be in violation of the district’s residency policies.

  • Chair: Albert Panzarella; Members: Ann Marie Reyher, Sheryl Sawin, David Weinstein

The Moorestown Board of Education also has Board Members serve as liaisons to various school, community, and out of district committees/organizations. These committees and organizations are listed below, along with the board member(s) assigned to each.
Burlington County School Boards Association: Brandon Pugh, Ann Marie Reyher
Garden State Coalition of Schools: Kathy Goldenberg, Caryn Shaw
Health and Safety Committee: Brandon Pugh
Home and School Association: Kathy Goldenberg
Moorestown Education Foundation (MEF): Kathy Goldenberg, David Weinstein
MoorArts: Ann Marie Reyher
New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA): Brandon Pugh, Caryn Shaw
Partnership for Acceleration, Challenge, and Enrichment (PACE): Sheryl Sawin
Special Education Advocacy Council (SpEAC): Albert Panzarella
Township Recreation Advisory Council: Matt Simeone

MTPS Referendum on September 30, 2014

posted Sep 24, 2014, 11:41 AM by Brandon Pugh   [ updated Sep 24, 2014, 11:46 AM ]

The Moorestown Board of Education approved a referendum vote to be held next Tuesday, September 30th.

I encourage you to visit the district's referendum webpage (Click Here) to view more information, 
including presentations, polling locations, specific projects, and FAQs.

If you have any questions please email referendum@mtps.com.

American School Board Journal Article

posted Jul 25, 2014, 6:33 AM by Brandon Pugh

The American School Board Journal (ASBJ) through the National School Boards Association recently published an article I wrote on my experiences during the Marine Corps Educators Workshop. This publication is sent to/read by board members and administrators in every state. 

I encourage you to read the article if you are an educator or you are involved in the community, and have an interest in learning more about the program.

To read the article: Click Here

Education Monthly Column - June 2014

posted Jul 1, 2014, 7:15 PM by Brandon Pugh

In this month's column I discuss the referendum presentation that was given at the June Board of Education meeting.

Since the Board does not have a regularly scheduled board meeting in July, the columns will resume in August.

To read the column Click Here

USMC Educators Workshop 2014

posted Apr 26, 2014, 11:39 AM by Brandon Pugh   [ updated Apr 26, 2014, 2:13 PM ]

From 4/22 to 4/25/14, I had an incredible opportunity to be a part of the 2014 Educators Workshop, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. The program offered me the opportunity to travel to Marine Recruit Training Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, along with about 40 educators from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The purpose of the trip was to expose educators to various components of Marine Corps Boot Camp, and to provide information on opportunities available for students in the Marine Corps. The intent was not to make educators "recruiters," but rather to enable teachers to have a better sense of what the Marine Corps entails, and to support students who may have an interest in military service. The trip consisted of various activities, including time at the shooting range, lunch with recruits, seminars, front row seats to graduation, dinner with a three star general, and plenty of time with drill instructors, among many other activities. I highly encourage educators to consider attending this trip in the future. Sgt. Nasso or Captain Smith with Marine Recruiting Station New Jersey can provide more information.

With two Marine Recruits from Burlington County, NJ.

With Marine Drill Instructor Sgt. Darosa.

With Sgt. Major Archie and Colonel Grabowski (Chief of Staff) of Parirs Island

MTPS Sponsorship Opportunities Available

posted Apr 15, 2014, 11:38 AM by Brandon Pugh   [ updated Apr 15, 2014, 11:59 AM ]

Business Sponsorship Opportunities:

The Moorestown Township Public School (MTPS) facilities are visited by thousands of individuals every day.  Beginning in the Spring of 2014, MTPS will offer a unique opportunity for your business to become a sponsor of the school district by contracting for naming rights of various facilities in MTPS schools, including High School MAC Center, cafeterias, athletic fields, libraries, auditoriums, art rooms, computer labs, science labs and more. 

By becoming an advertising partner, your financial support will directly help our school district save many of the programs we cherish, while helping to build your business. By sponsoring MTPS, your business will create a positive association within the community that will give you additional exposure by investing in and supporting our youth.

Individual Donations:

Consider making a tax-deductible gift to Moorestown Township Public Schools to help keep teachers, programs,and schools that we love, and to continue to maintain the high quality of education for which we are proudly recognized.

Click on the PDF below for more detailed information and for available opportunities

Elected BCSBA President

posted Mar 20, 2014, 7:33 PM by Brandon Pugh   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 7:33 PM ]

I am honored to have been elected President of the Burlington County School Boards Association (BCSBA) tonight, consisting of all 

42 constituent school districts in Burlington County. Thank you to those who encouraged and supported me for this position. 

Pictured (Left to right): John Bulina (NJSBA President), Harry Litwack (BCSBA V.P. of Legislation), Diane Zierler (BCSBA V.P.), 

Michael Lee (Past BCSBA President), and myself.

Burlington County School Boards Association: https://www.njsba.org/county-associations/burlington.php

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