New Jersey Department of Education Office of Student Support Services 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and Out-of-School Time Resources
BUENA REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Project Director: Shelly Richards
914 Main St.
Richland, NJ 08350
Phone: (856) 697-0800 x.8102
Fax: (856) 697-9580
Servicing School District: Carteret
CLC Sites: Carteret High School
Partners: Carteret School District, Jewish Renaissance Foudnation, Borough of Carteret, and Rutgers University
Serving Grade Level: 9-12
No. of Students to be served: 170
No. of Adults to be Served: 75
Times of Services: Before School: 7-8 AM, Afterschool: 2:35-5:35 PM: Summer: 8AM-4 PM
The Buena Regional School District's Out-of -School Time (BOOST) Program ran from February 2005 until July, 2009 at Buena Middle School through previous funding from a NJDOE 21st CCLC grant. For school year 2009-2010, a scaled down BOOST program continued with the use of ARRA funding. BOOST is the only academically focused after school activities provider to the students in the sending communities of Buena Township, Buena Borough, Milmay Township, Newfield Township and Newtonville. The current 21st CCLC BOOST program now runs out of the Buena Middle School and will add a second program site in September 2012 with the opening of the new Cleary School for 4th and 5th graders. Collaboration of community partners continues to grow and access to educational programs during non-school hours for students and their families is at an all-time high. The Cumberland County Technical Education Center remains a partner with the BOOST program providing hands-on career exploratory activities meant to direct students towards long range personal goals as well help towards participant retention through the 8th grade. AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, long time program partner, will coordinate activities with the BOOST program and provide cohesive pre-teen behavioral centered services, and reach out to families in the areas of literacy and family involvement. The BOOST program will support regular academic achievement in the areas of New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards along with the standards for workplace readiness aligned with the career awareness theme. The BOOST advisory board has identified bullying as an area of concern and the focus of their action research plan. The advisory board and BOOST staff are currently in the process of information analysis with the local external evaluator, BOOST Student Council, Buena teachers, administrators and parents in order to take the appropriate steps to educate students on all aspects of bullying and bring about behavioral changes in the afterschool participants.