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Valid from 09/22/2009

Bike The Path To Lawrence Township March 21, 2010


Enjoy a morning bike ride along the historic towpath with canal expert Bob Barth. Bob will lead this 26-mile roundtrip ride and explain canal structures and history along the way. Interested participants are asked to bring their own bicycle, helmet and lunch and meet at the Griggstown Causeway (in Franklin Township)at 10:00 am. Come enjoy the park, get some exercise and learn about the D & R Canal! This ride is sponsored by the D&R Canal Watch. For further information please contact Bob Barth at 201-401-3121.

Valid from 03/16/2010 to 03/22/2010

Lawrence Township Public School District Now Accepting Applications for 2018 – 2019 Pre-school Programs


The Lawrence Township Public School District is currently accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 Pre-school Programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. The programs are located at Ben Franklin, Lawrenceville, and Slackwood Elementary Schools. These are comprehensive programs that service typically developing 3-and 4-year olds and children with special needs. The Ben Franklin program will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Lawrenceville Elementary School program will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Slackwood program will meet from 8:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bus transportation WILL NOT be provided. 

Eligibility for the Pre-school program requires that children must be at least 3 or 4 years of age (no older than 5 years of age on or before October 1, 2018), must be a resident of Lawrence Township, and must be toilet trained.

Pre-school applications are available at the Board of Education office (2565 Princeton Pike), Ben Franklin Elementary School main office (2939 Princeton Pike), Lawrenceville Elementary School main office (40 Craven Lane), Slackwood Elementary School main office (2060 Princeton Pike), or online at LTPS Preschool Low Income Lottery Programs 2018-2019. Please return completed applications to Jennifer Debiec, Supervisor, Department of Student Services, 2565 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, no later than February 9, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Student Services at (609) 671-5430.

Valid from 01/12/2018 to 02/10/2018

Lawrence Township Public Schools Placed on the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success


Lawrenceville, New Jersey — Lawrence Township Public Schools is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.  To be included on the 9th Annual Honor Roll, Lawrence Township Public Schools had to, since 2016, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

“Being recognized on the College Board's 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is a testament to the diligent work of our students, staff and district,” related Superintendent Ross Kasun.  “I am proud of our work and committed to expanding the availability of AP courses for all of our students.”

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Lawrence Township Public Schools is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“Success in Advanced Placement is a combination of students’ own motivation and the opportunities educators provide for them,” said Trevor Packer, senior vice president of AP and Instruction at the College Board. “I’m inspired by the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to earn college credit during high school.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2018, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30% or more are underrepresented minority students (American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) and/or 30% or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here:


Valid from 12/07/2018 to 02/01/2019

Lawrence Township School District Now Accepting Pre-school Applications for Low-income Families


The Lawrence Township School District is now accepting applications for low-income families for the district’s 2016-2017   Pre-school Program for 4-year-olds.   Students will be selected randomly for openings at Ben Franklin, Lawrenceville and Slackwood Elementary Schools.  This is a comprehensive program that services typically developing, low income, and special needs 4-year-old children.  Classes will meet Monday through Friday, at Ben Franklin from 9:30 a.m - 3:20 p.m., Lawrenceville from 8:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m., and Slackwood from 8:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.  There will be a total of approximately 18 students in each class.  Special needs students will be placed in the program by identification, evaluation and eligibility procedures as outlined in the New Jersey Administrative Code. 

            Eligibility for this program requires that children must be at least 4 years of age (no older than 5 years of age on October 1, 2016), must be a resident of Lawrence Township, and must be toilet trained.  Transportation will be provided for low- income students.  “Low income” determination is based on a family’s qualifying for free or reduced lunch program.  Federal guidelines for free or reduced lunch eligibility are issued in July.

            Pre-school lottery applications are available at the Board of Education office (2565 Princeton Pike), Ben Franklin main office (2939 Princeton Pike), Lawrenceville, Slackwood Elementary or on our website, 2016-2017 4- Yr-Old Low-Income Preschool Program.  Please return completed applications to Michele Deremer, Supervisor, Department of Student Services, 2565 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ  08648, no later than May 11, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Student Services at (609) 671-5430.                                                               

Valid from 04/14/2016 to 05/12/2016

Lawrence Township Board Announces New Superintendent


The Lawrence Township Board of Education unanimously appointed Dr. Ross Kasun as Superintendent of the Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) at a special meeting on August 8, 2018. The effective date is anticipated to be September 1, 2018. Dr. Kasun replaces Dr. Crystal Edwards who retired at the end of March 2018.

The firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) was hired to assist the Board in the search process. There were 41 applicants, of which six were interviewed by the Board’s Superintendent Search Committee. The committee utilized input gathered from HYA’s focus groups and online survey to help narrow the field of prospective candidates. The Board met with the final three candidates before coming together and reaching a consensus that Dr. Kasun would be the best candidate to lead the district.

Dr. Kasun is currently serving his seventh year as superintendent of Freehold Township School District. In 2017 he was chosen as the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. Students being

leaders of their own learning is a cornerstone of Dr. Kasun’s vision. For his efforts to use technology to foster personalized learning, he was chosen to participate in the first cohort for the Lexington Education Leadership Award. This six-month Fellowship helped create a vision that transformed learning in his district.

This work helped Freehold to be recognized as one of the most innovative in the country and was invited to participate in the League of Innovative Schools. His article about leading a district’s journey toward personalized learning was published in District Administration in January 2017. Dr. Kasun was selected by the White House to attend the Future Ready Summit in Washington, D.C. in Nov. 2014, for his efforts to infuse technology into daily practice.

Dr. Kasun has 23 years of experience in public education, the first five as an elementary school teacher. His administrative career began as principal in South Orange-Maplewood and then principal in Milburn. He then served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Summit and followed by superintendent in Colts Neck for three years before his appointment as superintendent in Freehold.

The Freehold Township School District has an enrollment of approximately 4,000 students in pre-K through eighth grades. There are two middle schools, five elementary schools, and one preschool.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Ross Kasun to Lawrence Township,” said Board President Kevin Van Hise. “Dr. Kasun stood out among the field

of candidates for his experience as an educational leader, strength in collaboration, passion for education, and proven track record in making student-focused decisions that support academic success. We want to thank everyone for their help in this process. We believe that Dr. Kasun will be a visionary leader and a great match for our students, staff, and community.”

Dr. Kasun resides in Middletown, NJ. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision, with a dissertation focusing on servant leadership, MA in Elementary Education, and BS in Business Administration from Seton Hall University. He also obtained a MA in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University.

Dr. Kasun is eager and excited to join the district. “I am honored and humbled to be selected as your superintendent. Throughout this process, I have been incredibly impressed with the Lawrence Township School District, and I am committed to build on the great work that has been accomplished. Creating learning experiences focused on the growth of every student is my passion. I was attracted to the diversity of this community, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to provide every student with an exceptional educational experience.”

During the superintendent search process, the Board appointed Dr. Andrew Zuckerman, LTPS Director of Instructional Services, as interim superintendent. Dr. Zuckerman will continue to serve until the end of August and will work with Kasun for a smooth leadership transition.

The Board will host a meet and greet on August 29 at 6 pm in the Lawrence High School Commons so families, staff, and community members may meet Dr. Kasun.


Valid from 08/11/2018 to 09/15/2018

Lawrence Township Regional Schools


Valid from 03/15/2010

All Lawrence Township Public School Achieve Sustainability Certification


All seven schools within the Lawrence Township Public Schools (LTPS) have met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. As related in the notification letter from Sustainable Jersey, "Schools that earn this certification are considered by their peers, professional associations, experts, and civic organizations in New Jersey to be among the leading schools in the state."

A school may register with Sustainable Jersey for Schools and choose not to pursue certification.

LTPS schools earning Bronze certification are Ben Franklin Elementary, Eldridge Park Elementary, Lawrenceville Elementary, Slackwood Elementary, Lawrence Intermediate School, Lawrence Middle School and Lawrence High School.

"We're so proud that all our schools achieved this notable honor and their hard work is recognized," stated LTPS Superintendent Crystal Edwards. "School and district-wide practices including wellness, diversity, facilities, and the curriculum contributed to the certification requirements. Our efforts are a testament to our commitment to the environment and sustainability as well as to instilling and nourishing these values in our students and staff."

On October 24, 2017, the certified schools and their districts will be celebrated at a reception held during New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) Workshop 2017 in Atlantic City. Workshop 2017 will feature Sustainable Jersey for Schools sessions along with NJSBA sustainability support programs for schools.

"As students and teachers head back to school this year, they will learn the good news that their hard work has paid off," said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. "Becoming

certified with Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a significant achievement for schools and their school district. The number of schools participating in the program is truly remarkable."

Sustainable Jersey for Schools, a program for kindergarten through twelfth-grade public schools in New Jersey, is voluntary, but achieving certification is not easy. Each school that is certified at the bronze level must submit documentation to show it has completed a balanced portfolio of the program's sustainability actions, attaining a minimum of 150 points. Silver-level certification requires a minimum of 350 points of sustainability actions. Over 2,700 sustainability actions were completed by schools and districts participating in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program - from performing energy audits and boosting recycling efforts to integrating sustainability into student learning and promoting student and staff wellness.

"We are proud of the leadership provided by the boards of education and their superintendents, as well as the contributions of principals, teachers, education support professionals and parents, that made this important milestone a reality," said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey School Boards Association executive director. "We congratulate the schools on achieving Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification."

About Sustainable Jersey for Schools

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is a certification program for public schools in New Jersey. It was launched by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward municipalities and schools as they pursue sustainability programs. To date, 274 school districts and 679 schools are participating in the program. The district participation has grown to include 46 percent of all New Jersey school districts.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is underwritten by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The 2017 Sustainable Jersey for Schools small grants program is funded by the PSEG Foundation, NJEA, the Gardinier Environmental Fund and the New Jersey Department of Health. Founding Sponsor contributors are South Jersey Gas, New Jersey Natural Gas and NJM Insurance Group. Bayer Foundation and Investors Bank are Silver Sponsors.

Program partners include: NJSBA, NJEA, New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), New Jersey Parent Teacher Association (NJPTA), New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association (NJSBGA) and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Valid from 09/20/2017 to 11/01/2017

Lawrenceville School Tops $1.4 Million in Donations to Lawrence Township Education Foundation


Lawrenceville, N.J. -- On September 15, Lawrenceville School Head Master Stephen S. Murray was pleased to present $65,000, the School's annual donation, to the Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF). Since 1995, the School has donated a total of $1,440,000 to LTEF. Lawrenceville also provides numerous in-kind services, including office space, event sponsorship, and copying services.

Left to right: Melanie Fillmyer (Guidance Supervisor, Lawrence Township Public Schools), Briana Thompson (Lawrenceville School Student Body President/Class of 2018), Steve Murray (Lawrenceville School Head Master), Karen Faiman (Executive Director, Lawrence Township Education Foundation), Rick Smith (Vice President, LTEF Board of Trustees), and Carol Katz Connelly (President, LTEF Board of Trustees).



"We are extremely grateful for the continued generosity and support of the Lawrenceville School.  The Lawrenceville School's contributions to the LTEF allows us to achieve our mission and enhance the educational experience for all Lawrence Township public school students," said LTEF Executive Director Karen Faiman.


LTEF raises funds from individuals, local businesses, corporations, and foundations for programs that foster excellence, creativity, and achievement in education for all students in Lawrence Township Public Schools. Through grant requests from teachers and school administrators, LTEF funds programs that will have a substantial and lasting impact on Lawrence Township public school students.


"LTEF grants allow local teachers to create innovative and imaginative programs for Lawrence Township students. These opportunities are made possible by the dedication of LTEF volunteers," said Lawrenceville School Head Master Steve Murray. "I'm pleased that the Lawrenceville School is able to support these efforts and I'm eager to see what inspired programs educators create for their students this year."


The Lawrenceville School's donation to the LTEF, along with other funding, makes it possible for area schools to receive support for a wide variety of educational programs and needs. This year, grants included support for a district-wide science fair, mobile maker spaces that at the elementary schools, a STEM outside learning environment at Eldridge Park Elementary, and music performances at Lawrence Intermediate School. Lawrence Middle School received new LED lighting for its auditorium, a 360-degree camera for tech students as well as commissioning a piece of music for the orchestra with composer Reynard Burns. Lawrence Elementary students enjoyed a hands-on fossil dig assembly. Lawrence High School traveled to a four-day Model United Nations Conference, participated in a county-wide Day of Dialogue, and learned how to apply self-defense techniques to various situations. They also learned from artist-in-residence Mel Lepzig.

Valid from 09/18/2017 to 11/01/2017

Lawrence Township Community Foundation's Annual Community Conversation January 18


In the past few years, it has become more and more difficult for Lawrence Township residents to feel connected to local news.  This year's LTCF Community Conversation will bring together residents from all neighborhoods in Lawrence for a township-wide meeting to discuss this important issue.


The 2018 Community Conversation "Best Ways to Deliver News to the Community" will be held on Thursday, Jan, 18, 2018 from 6-9 p.m.  at Education Testing Service, 660 Rosedale Rd.,  Princeton. The event will address the challenges groups and individuals face in communicating information about programs, services and events to the people of Lawrence Township.  Residents are encouraged to discuss how they currently receive their local news and would like to do so in the future.


A group of local communicators will discuss how their organizations deliver local news and the challenges they face. Opening remarks from the speakers will be followed by multiple small table discussions each focusing on the variety of options to enhance communication in Lawrence Township. The groups will discuss ideas and brainstorm methods to implement positive changes in the community. By the end of the evening a variety of actionable ideas that the participants have developed and are interested in pursuing will be summarized and next steps explored.


Panelists will include but are not limited to:
Kristine Brown, Asst. V.P. of Marketing and Communications at Rider University

Jamie Griswold, Publisher of Lawrence Gazette and MercerSpace,com
Lea Kahn, Reporter at Princeton Packet
John Mozes, General Manager 107.7  THE BRONC  at Rider University
Lana Mueller, Lawrence Twp. Public Schools, Operations Manager

Ingrid Reed, founder of NJ Spotlight

Richard Rein, Editor of US 1 and
Sam Sciarrotta, Editor of the Lawrence Gazette
James Thompson, Organizer for Free Press


Light refreshments will be supplied by Education Testing Service (ETS).

Representatives for nonprofits, civic groups, local businesses and interested residents are encouraged to attend this free event.

Online Registration is requested via Eventbrite -

Valid from 12/12/2017 to 01/19/2018

Lawrence Township


Valid from 10/09/2009

Lawrence Township Public Schools


Valid from 10/09/2009