Pinelands Regional School District
- "Pinelands Regional" redirects here. For the high school located within the district, see Pinelands Regional High School.
|Pinelands Regional School District|
|520 Nugentown Road
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
|Superintendent||Dr. Maryann Banks (interim)|
|Business administrator||Stephen J. Brennan|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||1,617 (as of 2014-15)|
|District Factor Group||B|
Pinelands Regional School District is a regional school district in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, serving students from Eagleswood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township and Tuckerton Borough along with the Burlington County municipality of Bass River Township. Both schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "B", the second lowest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
Pinelands Regional High School officially opened on September 5, 1979, as a Junior-Senior High School, originally housing students in seventh through twelfth grades from Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor, Bass River, and Eagleswood. Prior to the opening of the school, students from those communities had attended Southern Regional School District in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township.
The building originally held grades 7-8 on the third floor, 9-10 on the second, and 11-12 on the first. The building featured an experimental "Open classroom" design, where a large group of students of varying skill levels would be in a single, large classroom with several teachers overseeing them; and contained no interior walls. However, this format didn't last long, and in the 1980s, the rooms were walled off, and separated by floor-to-ceiling folding partitions.
In 1991, Pinelands Middle School opened across the street for students in grades 7-8. Also in the 1990s, a new building was completed next to the high school, which houses a daycare center called "Rainbow Express". Students taking child care classes go to class in this building to help with the daycare kids. In 2002, the Middle School was expanded and the 9th grade was moved there. When the expansion was completed at the Middle School, it was renamed "Pinelands Regional Junior High School" while the high school was formally renamed the "Senior High School".
Most of the high school is centered around a "commons" area, which is a two-story open court with skylights, benches, and planters. The commons is home to many of the school's events, such as the Junior Prom, Semi-formal, and Jazz & Java Art show. Most of the commons feeds into a 3-story mall-like hallway where most of the classrooms are off of. Most elective classes, such as Art rooms, Shop classes, Auto tech, etc. are located in the one-story "D-wing" away from the rest of the classrooms, surrounding the Auditorium. This wing also houses remedial and self-contained classes, causing the remedial students to be called "D-wingers". Some of these classes have since been moved to a new off-site building built near the Athletic fields that opened in 2009.
Most of the school, especially the commons area, has remained unchanged since its 1979 opening. Elements from the decade, such as globe lighting, planters, and earth tones are present. Recent major improvements to the school include renovated science labs and locker rooms, expanded parking lot, permanent lighting for the football field, and repainting of the lockers.
In 2010, severe budget cuts resulted in the removal of several teachers and programs, including Freshmen sports and the three-day Pinelands Experience, which was held annually at the school since the opening.
- Pinelands Regional Junior High School had 802 students in grades 7-9. Opened in September 1991.
- F. Eric Pschorr, Principal
- Kimberly Clark, Assistant Principal
- Thomas Denning, Assistant Principal
- Pinelands Regional High School had 815 students in grades 10-12. Opened in September 1979.
- Shaun Banin, Principal
- Darren Hickman, Assistant Principal
- Michael Tash, Assistant Principal
Both schools are located directly across the street from each other near the Little Egg Harbor - Tuckerton border on Nugentown Road.
Board of education
The district's Board of Education is composed of nine citizens elected to serve terms of three years each. Representatives are elected on the basis of constituent population: six from Little Egg Harbor Township, and one each from Bass River Township, Eagleswood Township and from the Borough of Tuckerton.
WCAT is a Television station on local channel 21 for the area that the district serves. Most of the cast and crew is made up of students who take the class as an elective. The channel shows live morning announcements at 7:32am daily, followed by a commercial or short skit made by members of the WCAT class. Throughout the day, especially during lunch periods, other school programs or past school events are shown on the channel, usually shown on TVs in the cafeteria. Throughout the rest of the day, however, the channel is composed of school or community announcements typical of public-access television cable TV networks.
The Pinelands Experience was a three-day program for 7th graders entering the district, usually held in mid-October. Student chaperones from 9th grade and up were also involved, to chaperone groups. It was formerly an overnight camping trip that lasted several days, but was eventually scaled down to in 2002 due in part to hazing performed by upperclassmen, as well as budget cuts.
The three "color teams" were divided into sub-groups, and do three activities:
- Bass River State Forest Trip
Students go to the BRSF to go canoeing, a treasure hunt, and a pond ecology lesson, where students go into a lake to catch fish and other organisms.
- Ropes Course
Students go to the ropes course at the High School, which includes a rock wall and a zip-line. Although the course itself isn't used in the Pinelands Experience (It is used by the High School students), students participate in many activities, including obstacle courses.
- Character Counts
The students stay at the Junior High, but learn a variety of lessons, including a geocaching "treasure hunt", using a GPS.
In 2010, after severe budget cuts, the Pinelands Experience will not return for the 2010-2011 school year, with the 2009 event being the last year.
There had been be painted-on wildcat footprints on Nugentown Road leading into the driveways for both schools, and were paved over in mid-2006 but were re-painted around mid-summer 2007. Weird NJ magazine printed an article featuring many photos of paw prints that closely resemble the Pinelands ones, painted in random places throughout New Jersey, which led many to think that the other findings were connected to the school.
- Sarann Kraushaar, former vice-principal of the school, who was the mistress of murderer Robert O. Marshall, whose slayings inspired the bestselling book Blind Faith, and was later a miniseries of the same name, in which a character based on Kraushaar and a fictional incarnation of the school is featured.
- Lily McBeth (born 1934), transgender former substitute teacher at the school who made national news after she underwent a sex-change operation.
- Dr. Maryann Banks, Interim Superintendent
- Stephen J. Brennan, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- District information for Pinelands Regional Board Of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- Pinelands Regional School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 1, 2016. "The Pinelands Regional School District is a limited-purpose regional school district located in southern Ocean County. The District consists of a Junior High School for grades 7-9, a High School for grades 10-12 and an Alternative High School for at-risk students in grades 9-12. The communities of Bass River, Eagleswood, Little Egg Harbor, and Tuckerton are served by the District with approximately 1,700 students in grades 7-12."
- School Choice Pinelands Regional School District. Accessed January 18, 2017. "Pinelands Regional School District is comprised of a Junior High School and a High School. The District serves students in grades 7 through 12 living in the communities of: Bass River Township (Burlington County), Eagleswood Township, Little Egg Harbor Township, Tuckerton Borough"
- Staff. "Regional School Districts", Burlington County Times, April 26, 2015. Accessed June 1, 2016. "PINELANDS REGIONAL - Serves: Bass River in Burlington County; Eagleswood, Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton in Ocean County"
- Greenfield, Dr. Bruce. "Ocean County Report On Consolidation and Regionalization", Report of the Executive County Superintendent, March 15, 2010. Accessed April 21, 2011. "Pinelands Regional - Eagleswood, Tuckerton, Bass River, Little Egg Harbor"
- About Us, Pinelands Regional School District, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 2, 2015. Accessed November 29, 2015.
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 18, 2015.
- School Data for the Pinelands Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 7, 2016.
- Contact Us, Pinelands Regional School District. Accessed January 18, 2017.
- Living & Learning in Ocean County - Public Schools Directory 2016-2017, Ocean County, New Jersey. Accessed January 18, 2017.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Pinelands Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
- Junior High School, Pinelands Regional School District. Accessed January 18, 2017.
- Senior High School, Pinelands Regional School District. Accessed January 18, 2017.
- Board of Education: About Us, Pinelands Regional School District. Accessed January 18, 2017.
- Anastatsia, George. "Ex-mistress Says Marshall Wanted To 'Get Rid Of' Wife", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 14, 1986. Accessed October 6, 2013. "Kraushaar said that she and her husband have moved from Toms River and that in May she resigned as vice principal of Pineland Regional High School."
- via Associated Press. "Frustrated N.J. Transgender Teacher to Retire", Fox News, July 22, 2009. Accessed October 6, 2013. "Before her transition from male to female in 2005, McBeth said she averaged between 15 to 18 assignments a year as a substitute teacher for elementary students in the Eagleswood school district, and an additional 16 to 20 a year in the Pinelands Regional School District, teaching high school students."
- New Jersey School Directory for Ocean County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
- Pinelands Regional School District
- Pinelands Regional School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Pinelands Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics