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Fact Sheet 2013-2014
Milltown School District ~ Milltown, NJ 08850
 
 
Milltown is a small, tightly knit community of 7,000 residents, located in western Middlesex County. Our community is easily accessible, positioned between the New Jersey Turnpike and US Route 1. As the name implies, the early history of Milltown generated around the production mills, which were powered by harnessing the waters of the Lawrence Brook as it flowed into the Mill Pond. Mill Pond still exists in the center of town. Now our mills have been transformed into businesses and residential units, and our town thrives with services, shops, churches and stores. Milltown features residential housing of every type; single family homes, multi–family dwellings and apartments/condominiums. Milltown has approximately 2,400 housing units, and while land for new building is relatively limited, growth is seen from some new housing developments, and in real estate turnover from mature families to families with school–age children. Milltown appeals as an attractive and affordable place to live in Middlesex County, and real estate sales reflect this.
 
The District is home to two thriving schools, serving our K– 8 population, with an average total of 680 students. Our younger students attend Parkview School, which was refurbished and expanded in 1997, including playground equipment from our PTA and new equipment for our preschoolers. Parkview School houses our Integrated PreSchool program (IPS), a Multiple Disabilities Class (MDC) and our Kindergarten, which offers half – day sessions, and heterogeneous grouping K–4. Students in intermediate grades 5 through 8 attend Joyce Kilmer School in the center of town; grade 5 is structured in a self–contained organization, suitable to upper–elementary–school education, and grades 6 through 8 are structured in a departmentalized organization, suitable to middle– school education. Joyce Kilmer School includes a multi–media technology classroom, a new media center that opened Fall 2004, and a mobile computer lab acquired in spring 2007 through the generous efforts of the Milltown PTA. Three new classrooms were added to Joyce Kilmer School, in September 2000. Through a formal send–receive contract, approved by the Department of Education, our high school students are sent on a tuition basis to Spotswood High School. Our 2013-2014 operating budget of $15 million supports Parkview School and Joyce Kilmer School, as well as the tuition for students attending Spotswood High School. 
 
Our Board of Education is composed of 9 residents; each elected for a three–year term. The Board operates under a committee structure, which ensures oversight in seven major areas: Curriculum and Instruction, Facilities and Finance, Grants, Health and Nutrition, Negotiations, Personnel and Management, and Public Relations. The Board meets on a periodic basis with the Spotswood Board of Education. Our administrative team includesSuperintendent of Schools/Curriculum Director, Dr. Stephanie Brown; Principal of Parkview School, Mrs. Janet S. Ferlazzo; Principal of Joyce Kilmer School, Mr. William Veit; School Business Administrator, Mr. Vincent S. Marasco; and Director of Student Support Services, Mrs. Margaret V. Csaszar.
 
The District’s education philosophy and goals promote a multi–faceted developmental approach to learning, designed to meet the differentiated needs of each pupil. Parkview School prepares children with a solid foundation in reading for success in all subjects, through a balanced literacy approach, extending into Joyce Kilmer School. Math instruction in both schools prepares our students for the contemporary challenges of applied problem–solving in math and science, supported by cross–content reading skills for word problems, graphs, maps, and measurement. At Joyce Kilmer School, our fifth grade benefits from modified self–contained classes, which strengthen transition to our departmentalized middle school program in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Joyce Kilmer School extends reading and writing across the curriculum, using a literature – based, thematic approach, and our math program includes pre-algebra in 7th grade and algebra in 8th grade. Every classroom enjoys computer access in both schools, and the District provides challenging courses in the computer labs at each school. The District implements a progressive Technology Plan, which requires accountability for cost–effective upgrades of the computers in each classroom, as well as ongoing maintenance of our three, well–equipped technology labs. Our students enjoy opportunities for creativity and performance each year, in their classrooms and
related subjects, such as our innovative Art programs at both schools and our inspiring Music programs, supplemented by vocal and instrumental options. Student wellness is supported by a comprehensive Physical Education program that promotes fitness, and the contemporary Family Life / Health / Wellness curriculum and instruction. The District designs and delivers enrichment activities in both schools. The District offers a World Language program in Spanish instruction, which is provided for our students using current “best practice” instructional models, through functional–conversational learning experiences at Parkview School and Joyce Kilmer School (Grades 1–6), as well as progressive functional–conversational cycles (Grades 7 and 8). 
 
Technology supports our strong initiative in computer–assisted–instruction (CAI), to advantage our students with educational tools and informational resources that support and enhance learning. The District’s technology programs flourish under the direction of the Superintendent and leadership of Technology Coordinator, Mr. Steven Bowden.
 
The District enjoys the support of an active PTA, Milltown Education Foundation, and conducts public Forums on a variety of topics to solicit input into our decisions and initiatives. A Key Communicators Network was established in an effort to disseminate factual information throughout the community in regard to budget development and addressing issues and concerns that may arise during the school year. We are justifiably proud of the achievements of our students and our staff, of the community involvement and spirit within our schools, and of our culture that focuses on the growth, development and well being of the young student.
 
 
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