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Wingman Program Brings Schools Together

On February 29th and March 1st, select students from the Regional Achievement Academy and the Shore Center were trained as Wingman Student Leaders. Wingman, a program of Dylan's Wings of Change, empowers youths to inspire empathy and positive change in their schools. RAA students were paired up with Shore Center students to engage in problem-solving and team-building activities that they will turnkey to their peers in the coming weeks. 

Our new Wingman Student Leaders will meet monthly to plan new activities that they will lead for their peers. It was truly incredible to see the leadership and teamwork exhibited by both RAA and the Shore Center students. We look forward to the positive impact this program will have on our school community.

A Milestone Achieved: Groundbreaking Marks Start of Renovations and Additions at MOESC

Exciting times are ahead for the educational community as we mark a significant milestone in the journey toward enhancing learning environments and resources. On March 4, 2023, construction began for renovations and additions at the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Service Center Commission (MOESC) commenced with great enthusiasm and anticipation.
This transformative project, which includes improvements for the Regional Achievement Academy, Bayshore Jointure Commission, a Professional Development Center, and Administrative Offices, signifies a commitment to providing students and educators with state-of-the-art facilities and support services. The expansion aims to meet the evolving needs of the educational landscape and foster an environment conducive to growth, innovation, and excellence.
MOESC has long been recognized as a hub of educational excellence, serving as a cornerstone for collaboration, resource sharing, and professional development. With these renovations and additions, it is poised to further elevate its role in supporting the educational community across the State of New Jersey and driving positive outcomes for students across the region.
The enhancements planned encompass a range of strategic initiatives, including:

  • Facility Upgrades: Renovations will modernize existing infrastructure, ensuring that facilities are equipped to meet contemporary standards for safety, accessibility, and functionality.
  • Expansion of Services: The addition of new spaces will accommodate a broader array of programs and services, enabling the MOESC to better address the diverse needs of students, educators, and families.
  • Technology Integration: Investments in technology will enhance learning opportunities and facilitate the integration of digital tools and resources into the educational experience.
  • Educational Engagement: The addition and renovated facilities will serve as a hub for community engagement, offering a welcoming and inclusive space for meetings, workshops, and events that promote collaboration and dialogue.

The groundbreaking with heavy equipment was overseen by the contractor Ben Harvey, Inc. for the enhancements designed by the Commission’s architect Spiezle Associates. The construction timeline is slated for completion in the Summer of 2025.
As we embark on this journey of transformation, we extend our gratitude to all those who have contributed to making this project a reality. Together we are laying the foundation for a brighter future, where every student has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.
Stay tuned for further updates as we progress toward the completion of this exciting initiative. The future of education in our region is bright, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

Public & Non-Public Schools Gather for Annual Meeting

As the Coordinating Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) for both Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission (MOESC) hosted the required annual Transportation meeting (6A:27-2.6) on February 21st, on behalf of the Monmouth and Ocean County Superintendents of School.

This well-attended event included representatives from the NJ Department of Education, district boards of education, and nonpublic school administrators. The focus of the meeting was to introduce MOESC nonpublic transportation staff members, establish timelines, and coordinate efforts to maximize transportation services to be provided. 

Mr. Christopher Mullins, School Business Administrator of MOESC, presented to the attendees emphasizing the importance of communication and coordination. He reviewed key insights, such as MOESC’s processing of roughly 12,500 B6Ts for the 2023-24 school year. Mr. Mullins also shared that MOESC will be establishing a digital platform for the collection of B6T forms for the 2025-26 school year, based on the work by the Jackson and Toms River school districts, to reduce administrative burdens and improve the procurement of routes. Mr. Mullins informed those in attendance that MOESC can also handle all of the paperwork to process aid in lieu for any students whose transportation was not provided.

Also reviewed was bill A5412/S3850 signed into law by NJ Governor Phil Murphy on January 16th. While this bill establishes a nonpublic school consortium transportation program, no guidelines have been developed by the State. Those in attendance were assured that this bill would not hinder the services provided by MOESC.

Dr. Lester Richens, Interim Executive County Superintendent of Monmouth County, addressed those in attendance on the importance of meeting timelines to maximize the possibilities of providing bussing for the greatest number of students. Ms. Tina Trueba, Executive Business Official from Ocean County, expressed her appreciation for all who attended the meeting and offered her support for this endeavor.

Additional information on transportation for nonpublic schools can be found on the Department of Education’s Nonpublic School Services page of their website.

Regional Achievement Academy Student Accepted into Naval Academy
Regional Achievement Academy Senior Jiovanni “Gio” Tlalpachito-Jimenez has been accepted into the United States Navy. To be accepted, Gio had to complete several steps, including passing a rigorous interview process, an ASVAB Test, and a physical fitness test.
The next and final steps for Gio are to meet with the Officers to determine his career path, take his Oath, and be assigned his Orders.  
Congratulations, Gio! The Regional Achievement Academy staff, students, and MOESC school community at large are all very proud of you!
Regional Achievement Academy Student wins Award
Alyssa Garris, a Senior at Regional Achievement Academy, has won the local Jersey Mike’s® Naismith High School Basketball Courage Award.  
The Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Basketball Courage Award is awarded to one male and one female high school basketball player in the Nation who has consistently gone above and beyond throughout the season and demonstrated courage in their approach to the team, the school, the game, and their community. 
Alyssa was nominated by her home school Toms River East and is now in the running for the National award this spring.
Congratulations Alyssa! The RAA staff, your peers, and the extended MOESC school community are so proud of you!
MOESC Teachers & Paraprofessionals of the Year

Congratulations to Brett Fingerman & Donna Dougherty, MOESC Teachers of the Year, and Liz Burns & Natasha Majett, MOESC Paraprofessionals of the Year! 

Mr. Fingerman teaches at Yeshiva Keter Torah HS and Saint John Vianney.

Mrs. Dougherty teaches at Saint Vincent DePaul and Islamic Academy. 

Ms. Burns currently works at The New School of Monmouth located in Holmdel and St. James located in Red Bank with students ranging from grades 2-6.

Ms. Majett provides instruction at Antrim Elementary School in Point Pleasant Beach. 

On behalf of the MOESC school community, we are very proud of you all and are grateful to have you on our team! Thanks for all you do to support our students!