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Robert and Holly Miller become Champlain College’s top lifetime benefactors

first_imgRobert and Holly Miller become Champlain Colleges top lifetime benefactorsBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College officials announced today that Robert and Holly Miller have become the leading lifetime benefactors of the College. This week, the Burlington couple increased their Power of Three capital campaign pledge to $2.2 million to add their support to the Colleges first endowed chair, a $1 million academic fund created to honor retiring President Roger H. Perry. Over the past dozen years, the Millers have donated $3.75 million to the private, career-oriented college.We support Champlain College to help it move to ever higher levels of excellence and innovation, said Holly Miller, who has served on Champlains board of trustees for 12 years. We also wanted to honor Roger Perrys extraordinary leadership by contributing to the endowed chair. As young people, Holly and I never had the means to get an education, said Robert Miller, owner of REM Development Company. Both of the Millers grew up in Rutland, Vermont. We were originally attracted to Champlain College because of its no-nonsense, career-focused education. The campus and programs have changed, but Holly and I have continued to support Champlain because it never loses sight of its mission.Holly Miller said she appreciates the personal touch thats central to the Champlain College experience. Champlain faculty and staff are willing to go beyond the call of duty to support, teach and inspire each student, she said. Its very personal and translates into the message that Champlain cares about the student as a person as well as caring about the students education.President Roger Perry, who has presided over the College for nearly 13 years, praised the Millers commitment to the institution. Bob and Holly Millers gifts of time, energy and resources mean so much to this college, he said. Theyve been an integral part of the Champlain College community, serving countless hours on trustee committees to ensure that Champlain is able to offer current, effective and market-driven educational programs.Holly Miller has served on the Board of Trustees since 1992 and was chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. As co-chair of the current Presidential Search Committee, she noted, Selecting Champlain Colleges next president is one of the most important decisions trustees will make.The Millers have served on campaign committees and have contributed to Champlains Support-a-Student Scholarship Fund and the Annual Fund. They were lead donors seven years ago in the Uncommon Ground capital campaign that built Champlains high-tech library, which the College named the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons to honor the couples generosity.The current Power of Three campaign creates three new facilities on the Champlain campus, including the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology and The Main Street Suites & Conference Center. The third of the three new buildings–the Student Life Complex–is currently under construction. These facilities will enhance the academic and student life experiences at the four-year college. They will also advance Champlains partnerships with Vermont businesses and increase the Colleges already significant impact on the Vermont economy.Champlain College is not the only organization blessed by the Millers generosity, Perry said. When it comes to community service, Bob and Holly Miller truly are local heroes.The Millers have been lead supporters–as volunteers and as benefactors–of many Vermont organizations, including the Visiting Nurse Association, Vermont Respite House, Champlain Valley Exposition and King Street Youth Center. They also support Flynn Arts scholarships for area children at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and they offer college scholarships for students at H.O. Wheeler Elementary School.Champlain College trustees have announced that the Power of Three campaign has raised $15 million to date, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign. The campaign, the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the Colleges 126-year history, included the goal of growing endowment by at least $2 million.As Champlain College prepares for its future and the futures of our graduates, we are deeply grateful for the support weve been receiving from the community, Perry said.# # #last_img read more


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Oil-rich Gulf nations getting serious about adding solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The oil-rich nations that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council are racing to get more solar generation capacity into the development pipeline.Having just commissioned the 1.18 GW Noor Abu Dhabi project – believed to be the largest single PV facility in the world – the Emirates Water and Electricity Company of Abu Dhabi is expecting to receive bids for its next, huge 1.5 GW solar park next month. The emirati utility is also considering including large-scale battery storage in the ambitious project.Dubai, one of the leading renewables developers in the Gulf, is advancing plans for the fifth stage of the sprawling Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The latest phase comprises 900 MW more solar and major global players including Jinko Power, Engie, ACWA Power, Marubeni and a consortium effort by Masdar and EDF are among the developers lining up to submit offers next month.Within this fast-growing market, other Gulf nations are finally coming on board. Qatari utility Kahramaa has received offers for its 800 MW tender and the official contract award is expected by the end of the month. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company has received engineering, procurement and construction bids for an enormous new 1.25 GW project. The two facilities will be the first of their size in Qatar and Kuwait, possibly signaling the first shift of focus in the power sector away from fossil fuels.Having dragged its heels in the past, even the world’s second largest oil producer appears to be starting to take renewables seriously. After reaching competitive prices on its Skaka project, the Renewable Energy Project Development Office of Saudi Arabia is tendering six new projects spread around the kingdom with a total generation capacity of 1.5 GW. Oman, meanwhile, is continuing bold plans to tender a further 1.1 GW in two developments.Analysts are closely monitoring the results of that raft of tenders as the region has traditionally delivered world-record low prices for solar power. The new wave of tenders is expected to be no exception, given the size of the projects will boost economies of scale just as technological advancements including the use of bifacial modules enhance yields.More: Does slew of solar mega tenders mean Gulf nations are belatedly accepting the inevitable? Oil-rich Gulf nations getting serious about adding solarlast_img read more


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Improving Regional Security through Information Operations

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 11, 2018 For the fifth time since 2013, representatives from the Caribbean came together to foster regional collaboration, strengthen relationships, and share Information Operations (IO) tactics, techniques, and procedures to counter common threats affecting the region and support coordinated hurricane-relief operations. Military and security representatives from the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Great Britain, Jamaica, Haiti, Netherlands, and Turks and Caicos gathered at the 5th Caribbean Region Information Operations Council (CRIOC) in Kingston, Jamaica, from March 26-29, 2018. CRIOC was hosted by the Jamaican Defence Force and sponsored by the IO divisions of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). “CRIOC is a unique organization. We have NORTHCOM, SOUTHCOM, the British, and the Canadians, among other nations, working with our Caribbean partners,” said Dr. Benjamin P. Gochman, chief of engagements at NORTHCOM’s IO division. “It’s two geographic combatant commands working together with other countries, achieving success by fostering collaboration and not only looking at common threats to the region, but also to see how we can work collectively to confront them”. “CRIOC is an example of the effectiveness of NORTHCOM and SOUTHCOM collaborating together,” added Dr. Gochman. “We started CRIOC with Bermuda, Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos. In order to grow the organization, we partnered with SOUTHCOM. Jamaica, Haiti, and Trinidad & Tobago also joined. Now we are asking Barbados to join in.” During three days of discussion, participants discussed their hurricane-response capabilities and lessons learned from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. They worked in groups to create a partner nation threat matrix, in which international organized crime, narcotrafficking, illegal weapons, gangs, and natural disasters were identified. They also presented ideas on how partner nations use information-related capabilities to counter their common challenges. The ability to counter common threats is a predominant regional concern. “The British, the French, the Canadians, and the United States are in Jamaica to express that our partners are serious about using information to help mitigate our shared common threats,” said Jamaica Defence Force Major Basil Jarret, civil-military cooperation and media affairs officer. “Through collaboration, discussion, and sharing information and ideas, we can come together with stronger, resilient solutions to the problems we face.” Strengthening IO capabilities CRIOC nations are shaping their IO capabilities. They analyzed their strengths and limitations and shared best practices for their own benefit as well as for that of the region. “IO can help mitigate common threats, as information is a valuable weapon. It’s not in Jamaica’s best interest to keep its knowledge and information to itself, but by sharing and exchanging this information, it opens us up to other and better ways of doing things. It’s a win-win for us,” said Maj. Jarret. “There are no longer any unique challenges, all our challenges are shared. What happens in Jamaica has a ripple effect in Haiti and in the United States, so the best way to treat it is to have all the affected countries sit down and share information and resources to create effective strategies to deal with threats.” Participants recognize the importance of IO. “It’s very important that we understand the basics of IO,” said Royal Bahamas Defence Force Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethell, staff operations officer. “We can communicate our capabilities to our partners and also understand our partners’ capabilities, so we can work better together because we all are trying to achieve the same common goal, security for our region.” “IO help us [so] we don’t have to fight. We don’t have to use aggressive sources or manpower for that matter,” said Lt. Commander Bethell. “We make information work for us in many ways as we shape thoughts and ideas by showing other countries the good things we are doing, but also let our adversaries understand we have the means to deal with all the problems they create for us.” CRIOC partners recognize the importance of supporting each other. “The ability of CRIOC is to link people together. It’s the networks that are pretty important,” said British Armed Forces Colonel Paul L. Fish, British liaison officer at NORTHCOM. “IO gives everyone the ability to understand that we are working in the same environment. We all have different skillsets and abilities that we all can bring in and share amongst ourselves to mitigate threats to our environment.” “CRIOC meetings are important as we have face-to-face discussions and improve our networks,” said French Armed Forces in the West Indies Commander Mikaël Péron, chief of the Joint Operations Center. “It’s imperative we exchange information and improve cooperation for the next hurricane season because we all know, it will happen again.” CRIOC hopes to expand its membership to different branches of government, non-governmental organizations, and other entities. The goal is to gain the citizens’ trust and willingness to work together in defeating criminal activities. “We are in this together. We are all here as equal partners, and we must be able to share information and support each other in times of need,” Col. Fish told assistants at the closing ceremony. “Collaboration is key.”last_img read more


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Member service is Government Lawyer Section’s top priority

first_imgMember service is Government Lawyer Section’s top priority Helping government lawyers who want to do pro bono work and providing high quality, ethics-based CLE programs continue to be top priorities of the Government Lawyer Section. Section Chair Howard Pohl, reporting to the Board of Governors last month, said the section is also striving to increase the salaries of government attorneys. He said the section recently completed a survey that showed that lawyers who go to work for public agencies are typically getting 30 to 50 percent of the salary of those going into private practice. Among public sector attorneys, those working for the state’s universities tend to have the best salaries, followed by those employed by the governor or legislature. At the bottom, Pohl noted, are assistant public defenders and state attorneys, and lawyers working for small government agencies. The major reason for the pay disparity with the private sector is the legislature has been tight with funds to pay the state’s lawyers, Pohl said, including in recent years when many private salaries have escalated. Virtually every government office has a different policy on lawyers doing pro bono, many or most of which prohibit lawyers from donating their work. Pohl said the section wants to end that. “We’ve maintained that any government lawyer who wants to do pro bono work should be allowed to,” he said. He added that the section opposes making government lawyers subject to the aspirational pro bono standards in Bar rules, because the public attorneys face so many different conflict problems. Pohl, an assistant state attorney in the 11th Circuit, said, “We can’t practice law and we can’t represent clients. One of the things we do is try to do teaching, lecturing and presentations. There are other government offices where attorneys have helped create legal forms. “Our office encourages pro bono work, not picking up a case, but going out and doing community work. The lawyers have to clear with the office to make sure there is no conflict.” On CLE, Pohl said the section has always maintained a strong emphasis on ethics, which is integral in three CLE courses the section sponsors every year. That ethics component seems a natural fit with the section, he said. “Government lawyers are in a good position to carry on ethics and professionalism,” Pohl noted. “We don’t have the trust accounting problems, yet we are looked on as having a higher ethical calling and doing things in the interest of the public.” One of the three courses focuses on the state’s Sunshine Law. That course, held last November, attracted more than 100 people and focused on the limitations and legalities of obtaining public records. It also looked at getting public records via the Internet, he said. The second course is on understanding the Florida Legislature, and is held every year in the state House chambers. The third course is on practicing before the Florida Supreme Court, and is held in the court, including viewing an oral argument, meeting with the case attorneys, and touring the Suprme Court and meeting with the justices to discuss general court and appellate issues. Aside from those, Pohl said the section in 1999 co-sponsored a national leadership conference with the ABA in California, and is looking to repeat that event in Florida. That first conference centered around ethics, leadership in bar activities and leadership in general by attorneys. The section also has completed a manual on state guardianship laws and regulations. The section is working on a distribution list for that manual. January 15, 2001 Regular News Member service is Government Lawyer Section’s top prioritylast_img read more


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Antoino Rudiger claims Chelsea will miss Arsenal transfer target Willian if he leaves

first_imgAdvertisement Willian did not make the Chelsea squad for Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)He said: ‘Since day one of coming to Chelsea, he and David Luiz got me into the team and helped me out in the first couple of months because it was not that easy.‘He is a great guy and a really, really good footballer. He is calm and humble and it will be sad if I don’t see him again as a team-mate. He is not the type of player who talks that much.‘He does his thing on the pitch, just like Eden Hazard. By playing, he shows what he is about. He is a guy who dictates the game and not many players in the world have this type of quality.‘He is always training [hard] and practicing free-kicks after. He is someone who always wants to improve.’Chelsea have already offset Willian’s likely exit by securing deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, while Kai Havertz is primed to arrive later this month and Rudiger is confident the future is bright under Frank Lampard.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe added: ‘To be honest, he is not like [Antonio] Conte or someone who, when you lose games, will rant at you. Of course, the coach is a bit quieter in the way that he says things. But the most important thing is that he gets to the point, and he does.‘We are all grown men and everyone can hear what the coach has said. I think he dealt very well with that pressure and kept us alive. Even if it went good or bad, he always kept us alive.‘For me, it is about the human being I am talking too. It is not only because someone wins titles. Of course, it can help because he is an open-minded coach and you can ask him about the times when he was playing.‘He knows the pressure and what the people want to see at this club. He knows about those pressure games, finals and everything.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Sergio Reguilon wants Chelsea transfer after ‘advanced talks’ with Real Madrid defenderMORE: Matthias Ginter responds to Chelsea transfer speculationFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Antoino Rudiger claims Chelsea will miss Arsenal transfer target Willian if he leaves Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 5 Aug 2020 12:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Willian appears destined to leave Chelsea with Arsenal his likely destination (Picture: Getty)Willian would represent a big miss for Chelsea if he leaves the club this summer, according to his current team-mate Antonio Rudiger.The experienced Brazil international has enjoyed a productive season under Frank Lampard, but his seven-year stint in west London looks destined to end imminently amid a protracted contract wrangle. Willian, whose current deal is set to expire imminently, is holding out for the offer of a three-year contract but Chelsea are unlikely to cave to his demands. Arsenal are reported to be at the head of the queue to sign the winger and although their contract offer is said not to be as lucrative as the terms other clubs are prepared to offer, including the likes of Inter Miami, the 31-year-old has his heart set on a move to the FA Cup holders. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRudiger, who played in last Saturday’s defeat at Wembley against the Gunners while Willian failed to make the squad, fears Chelsea are losing a player whose influence on the pitch is matched by the impact he makes off it. last_img read more


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Nana Budu II installed chairman by court

first_imgAn Accra High court has overturned the election results of the Eastern Regional Football Association election restoring Nana Kwadwo Budu II as chairman.Last Sunday, Abdul Ganiyu Lawal cruised to a landslide victory to retain his post.Lawal polled an impressive 147 votes with his main challenger; Nana Budu managing a paltry 17 votes out of the total valid votes cast in elections.The Ghana Football Association has been fined 30,000 Ghana cedis for confirming Lawal as chairmanMore to follow………………………………….last_img


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NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Lakers ‘aggressively’ looking to acquire second-round picks

first_img Lakers free agency rumors: Kyrie Irving ‘wants to play with’ Anthony Davis NBA free agency rumors: Al Horford draws interest from Lakers, 2 other teams NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Knicks among 6 teams interested in Bobby Portis The Lakers will enter the draft after reportedly completing one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend. They acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019.Los Angeles is also shopping the contracts of reserves Mo Wagner, Jemerrio Jones and Isaac Bonga to other teams in the hopes of clearing more cap space, according to ESPN. Those three players, who combined to average 10.2 points per game last season in limited playing time, are set to earn around $5 million in 2019-20. Related News Lakers are aggressively pursuing the purchase of second-round picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft too, league sources tell ESPN. Those picks will offer two important things for LA: acquisition of inexpensive labor and ability to exceed the salary cap with those minimum contracts. https://t.co/19s9qn8Lbm— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 19, 2019Those moves, however, would leave the Lakers with only a handful of players under contract for next season. So, acquiring picks would help them fill out their roster. The Lakers will reportedly pursue a third star in free agency to pair with Davis and LeBron James. They’ve been linked to Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving, among others.The team also reportedly has interest in Bobby Portis, Marcus Morris and Al Horford. The Lakers are hoping to come away from Thursday’s draft with multiple players.Los Angeles is “aggressively pursuing the purchase of second-round picks,” according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.last_img read more


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Trump makes racism ‘fashionable’ – James

first_imgLeBron JamesLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James reacted swiftly Tuesday to US President Donald Trump’s repeated claim that there was “blame on both sides” in the deadly racial unrest in Charlottesville.“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” James tweeted shortly after Trump angrily defended his controversial initial response to the white supremacist rally on Saturday that erupted in clashes with counter-demonstrators.A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism demonstrators, leaving one woman dead and 19 injured.Trump’s reaction on Saturday, that there was violence “on many sides” provoked a backlash and on Monday he singled out the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved as criminals.But in an exchange with reporters at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, a clearly irked Trump again said that both groups were at fault in inciting violence and insisted that those who gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee form a park were not all racist.James, who has long been outspoken about matters of race in America and endorsed Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton for president, had tweeted his dismay at the events in Charlottesville over the weekend.“It’s sad what’s going on in Charlottesville,” James tweeted on Saturday. “Is this the direction our country is heading?“Make america Great Again huh?! He said that,” added James in a dig at Trump’s celebrated campaign slogan. While James has attempted to use his celebrity to combat racism, his wealth and fame haven’t made him immune.On the eve of the NBA Finals in June his house in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood was daubed with a racial slur.“Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day,” James said at the time. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


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FH Council Commends Quick-Thinking Crossing Guard

first_imgFAIR HAVEN — “We don’t get the respect we should as crossing guards, that’s for sure,” said John Furiato, who spends part of every school day at the Hance and River roads intersection, making sure the young students make their way safely to Knollwood School, on Hance.After making that statement on Tuesday, Furiato thinks for a moment and then adds, “Well, except for the kids and their parents.”But Furiato received some special recognition at a regular meeting of the borough governing body last Monday, when the mayor and council honored Furiato for quick thinking on the job – quick thinking that very likely spared a child from being struck by a vehicle.“He’s a good guy,” Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge said about Furiato.  “He did the right thing.”Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli presented Furiato with a proclamation, acknowledging that Furiato “made a split second decision to quickly step in front of the juvenile,” blocking the child from walking across River Road as a driver was attempting to make an illegal right turn to travel east on River, very possibly putting the child in harm’s way.As he does every school day, Furiato said, on Jan 24, he was helping the usual number of 60-80 kids make their way across the street to Knollwood school. The kids had proceeded, but one little guy, about 10, had arrived late, Furiato remembered, apologizing to the guard because he couldn’t find his bicycle helmet.Furiato was walking the boy across the street, when Furiato noticed a car, traveling north on Hance Road that was inching out into the intersection against the traffic light, looking to make a right onto River Road. As the driver continued to make the illegal turn, Furiato pulled the boy back and ste3pped in front of him, standing between the boy and the car. The car completed the turn and drove away.Another driver sitting at the light called police to report the incident, and the first driver was stopped by police and charged appropriately.“It just happened too damn quick,” Furiato said of the whole incident.The important thing, he stressed was that the child wasn’t hurt.Furiato, 75, is a lifelong Colts Neck resident, who has owned and operated small businesses for much of his life. He has been working as a crossing guard in Fair Haven since 2007. “It’s a big responsibility,” he said.“When these kids leave their yards, they’re my kids,” he said. “They’re my responsibility.”River Road is heavily traveled, putting pedestrians at risk of being hit by distracted and downright rude drivers, he said. “There are close calls every day,” he said, acknowledging some drivers “flip me the bird,” and yell obnoxious things.“I could get hurt if I’m not smart enough to get out of their way,” he said.But seeing the kids every day makes it worthwhile, he continued.And parents often express their gratitude, with small gifts at Christmas and the end of the school year.“They appreciate what I do,” he said. By John Burton Colts Neck resident and Fair Haven school crossing guard John Furiato was honored by the Fair Haven Borough Council last Monday for his actions in protecting a young Knollwood School student from being in the path of a vehicle making an illegal turn. Furiato helps some 60 to 80 kids cross safely to school at the corner of River and Hance Roads.last_img read more


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Sea Bright Mulls Switching High Schools

first_imgBoth Atlantic Highlands and Highlands passed resolutions at their final council meetings of 2018 expressing a willingness to determine if it is in the public interest to undertake educational shared services with Sea Bright in order to promote efficiencies and reduce expenditures. “There’s no way that New Jersey towns, ourselves included, can sustain taking on the costs of everything by themselves. We share services with Atlantic Highlands, we share services with Middletown, why not Sea Bright? How can we not look into helping out our neighboring town, especially when it could be a benefit to all of us,” Gonzales said. The decision to invest in this study also follows a recent bill proposed by state Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11) that would require New Jersey municipalities with populations less than 1,000 residents to consolidate with larger neighboring towns. According to the resolutions, Sea Bright has contracted a professional consultant to produce a feasibility study, and both the other boroughs have agreed to contribute up to $20,000 to the cost of the study.  “We’ve been very successful with shared services with neighboring municipalities and Monmouth County,” Hubeny said. “This is just another possibility for us, and another way we can potentially save our residents money.” Sea Bright taxpayers were shouldered with a school tax levy of $3.57 million to send a mere 26 borough students to Shore Regional High School during the 2018-19 school year.  Long said it’s the governing body’s goal to assess all aspects of its residents’ tax bills (school, municipal and county), which is why she stressed that schooling is just one of the possible shared services Sea Bright is exploring with Atlantic Highlands and Highlands. In March 2017, Sea Bright petitioned the state to force Shore Regional’s Board of Education to agree to a referendum vote for more equal distribution of the school tax burden. Previous petitions made directly to the board of education were denied. In a June 2018 meeting of the Sea Bright Borough Council, Long explained that while the school tax levy continues to rise, she expects the number of Sea Bright students attending Shore Regional to decrease significantly in the near future. Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said the regional school funding formula has long been a thorn in the side of Sea Bright tax-payers and forced the municipality to explore another option. “We’re exploring lots of possibilities for future shared services, which could include something as small as municipal court services, or as large as trying to change school districts,” Long added.center_img “Sea Bright has a longstanding issue with the regional funding formula because it requires that we pay a quarter of the Shore Regional High School budget, despite accounting for less than 5 percent of its student body,” Long said in a Jan. 14 interview with The Two River Times. That total equates to $137,308 per student. The tax levy was $3.3 million in 2017-2018 and $2.1 million in 2016-17. “This is not anything new. For many years Sea Bright has expressed an interest to join our school district. But recently they came and presented some facts to a committee that included council member (Steven) Boracchia and Mayor (Rhonda) Le Grice, and the governing body decided to take a step forward,” Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny told The Two River Times. Though none of the boroughs partaking in this study are immediately impacted by Gopal’s proposal, it’s the sentiment of consolidation and sharing services that Highlands borough administrator Kim Gonzales said was the push they needed to commission this study. SEA BRIGHT – Two neighboring municipalities have partnered with the borough on a feasibility study that will investigate the relocation of Sea Bright high school students to a new school district. “This is not a knock on Shore Regional. It’s solely to do with the formula. And in a climate when we’re all trying to save money, we can’t just look at municipal taxes only.” The current funding formula was instituted in 1975 and requires that regional district tax levies be allocated based on property values, rather than population or the number of borough students attending the school. Recent complimentary resolutions passed by the boroughs of Sea Bright, Atlantic Highlands and Highlands showed each Two River-area town make a financial commitment of up to $20,000 toward a study that will explore sending Sea Bright students to schools in the Henry Hudson Regional district, rather than the Shore Regional district. Hubeny said the boroughs were persuaded to investigate this partnership due to Gov. Phil Murphy and state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney’s push for shared services and the merger of school districts.last_img read more