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 700 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–3. Students in grades 4 through 8 attend Joyce Kilmer School in the center of town; grades 4 and 5 are 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 media center, and a mobile computer lab acquired in spring 2007 through the generous efforts of the Milltown PTA. 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 2016-2017 operating budget of $16 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 & HIB, 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, Mr. Eric Siegel; Principal of Joyce Kilmer School, Mr. William Veit; Director of Elementary Education, Mrs. Janet Ferlazzo; School Business Administrator, Ms. Norma Tursi; and Director of Special Education, Ms. Alyson Nechamkin.
The District’s education philosophy and goals are based in a rigorous academic program that addresses the needs of all learners with emphasis on responsible citizenship. 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. Students engage in formal process writing pieces, in addition to various other daily writing activities.Math instruction in both schools prepares our students for the college and career readiness through 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 fourth and fifth grades work as teams, 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. 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 a contemporary Health and Family Life curriculum. The District designs and delivers enrichment and gifted and talented 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 throughout the grades. Introduction to French and German is also offered as an elective in the middle school.
Technology supports our strong initiative in computer–assisted–instruction (CAI), to benefit 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 Director, Mr. Tafari Anderson. Each school enjoys wireless computer access, and the District provides experiences with technology through mobile devices and technology courses scheduled in the computer labs. Milltown Public Schools is a registered Google domain. Teachers and students have access to a secure Google environment that allows access to all 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.
The District enjoys the support of an active PTA, Milltown Education Foundation, and community involvement. The Superintendent solicits public input through an annual needs assessment, strategic planning process and public forums on a variety of topics to maintain a transparent, collaborative decision-making culture. 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 our students.