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Brick Schools Open For Class Today

New super, ongoing construction projects greet students

With Labor Day weekend only a memory, it's time to trade in bathing suits and boogie boards for books and binders. Brick schools open their doors to students for the 2012-13 school year Wednesday.

Students in all of the township's schools return to class today.

The school year begins with a new superintendent, Dr. Walter Uszenski, at the helm of the district. The Brick resident was hired over the summer; he previously led the Spotswood school district in Middlesex County.

"I believe there is no higher calling in America than the education, care and well-being of our young people, and the reason is clear," Uszenski wrote in a letter to parents over the summer. "Our youth will determine the quality and character of future generations. In my opinion, to be truly successful, education must be a partnership between schools, parents, students and the community at large."

Students will also see some sprucing up has been done over the summer. There are new bleachers at the football field at Brick Township High School and a new track at Brick Memorial. A gym has been updated at Memorial, while Old Brick will benefit from a new locker room, as well as significant upgrades to the school's science labs, much of which are expected to be completed next month.

Here's some more information to help get your family started off in the right direction this school year:

School Start, Dismissal Times:

: Start 7:10 a.m., Dismissal 1:30 p.m.
: Start 7:10 a.m., Dismissal 1:30 p.m.
REBOUND Program: Start 12:10 p.m., Dismissal 4:10 p.m.
Crossroads Program: Start 10:05 a.m., Dismissal 2:55 p.m.

: Start 7:45 a.m., Dismissal 2:10 p.m.
: Start 7:45 a.m., Dismissal 2:10 p.m.

: Start 8:25 a.m., Dismissal 2:50 p.m.
: Start 9:05 a.m., Dismissal 3:30 p.m.
: Start 8:25 a.m., Dismissal 2:50 p.m.
: Start 8:25 a.m., Dismissal 2:50 p.m.
: Start 9:05 a.m., Dismissal 3:30 p.m.
Osbornville: Start 9:05 a.m., Dismissal 3:30 p.m.
: Start 9:05 a.m., Dismissal 3:30 p.m.

(A.M.): Start 8:25 a.m., Dismissal 10:55 a.m.
PLC (P.M.): Start 12:20 p.m., Dismissal 2:50 p.m.

Vital Information

Start and dismissal times for special programs can be found here.

Back to School Night dates and times can be found here.

The marking period schedule can be found here.

The school district 2012-13 calendar can be found here.

From Brick Patch to You: we hope all of our local families have a productive, fulfilling and successful school year!

jpr September 06, 2012 at 02:41 PM
funny my child cme home yesterday annoucing that this year again he will not have gym and the reason this time is there is no floor or bleachers. Last year was they don't have adaptive gym for the second semester. They don't offer health or the written driving test to adaptive phy ed kids either! WHY? NO GYM NO HEALTH NO DRIVERS ED. This is what they call the same as regular gym but in a smaller setting? I think NOT!!!
Resident September 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
JD, stop being naive, no one is disputing doing both sides would have been ideal, but it was fiscally correct for the money that was alotted to only do the one side this year. They knew something had to be done and didn't have enough to do both sides. The home side gets 90+% of all use. Had they used the money to do the other side and didn't start some of the schools repairs would you have supported that decision? As for eroding your property value, bleachers? Seriously? Maybe you should bring your Bricktucky bravado to your neighbors and have them along with yourself clean up your neighborhood to regain property value, not complain about bleachers causing your value to erode.
jane September 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
With some of the scores that are coming out of these schools, it doesn't surprise me that the only thing most of you seem concerned with is bleachers. How about worrying about the education these kids are getting, rather than how nice your seat is at a football game.
JD September 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Schools that are falling apart.... Schools with classroom sizes of 27+... Schools with poor test results.... That is what is causing my property values to decline vis a vie neighboring districts... Families with school age kids are not going to choose Brick to move to... just a tour of the facilities (including 1set of bleachers) as well as the report card.... and the look for another town.
Reality September 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
SoDone For the last few years, the BOE has been very transparent in posting the ENTIRE DETAILED budget on the District website. In fact, it is still posted so you should take a look at it. Just go to Brickschools.org and go to the section, "Tell Me About...," that is clearly visible on the District homepage. Additionally, you could attend BOE meetings. I do recognize attending meetings may not be possible. You have two other options available. Watch the meetings on Channel 20. OR Request A DVD via OPRA. The OPRA form is also on the District website. There is a very nominal charge for the DVD (less than $1.00 I believe). Hope this helps.

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