Stockton to build institute in Mays Landing
By Diane D'Amico
- Teacher training and other professional-development programs offered
through The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey will expand off
campus next year.
signed a lease Monday with Joseph R. Dickinson III for a building
on Route 50 in Mays Landing that formerly housed the Holy Redeemer
Visiting Nurse Association. The lease is pending approval by the
college board of trustees, which meets Wednesday.
will pay $5,400 per month, throughout five years, for the approximately
The site will
be used by the Southern Regional Institute, or SRI, and the Educational
Technology Training Center, or ETTC, which provide professional-development
and training workshops to school districts, government agencies
and nonprofit groups throughout southern New Jersey. The programs
are funded through fees paid by the consortium of member school
districts and agencies.
President and SRI Executive Director Harvey Kesselman said the SRI
has wanted to establish a presence in the western part of the county
since its services have expanded into Cumberland, Salem and Burlington
counties. The site will provide space for staff and small workshops,
and also free up space now used by the SRI at Stockton.
has a space issue also," due to increased enrollment, Kesselman
Some minor work
is needed on the Route 50 site, but it is expected to open some
time in January, Kesselman said.
The SRI offers
more than 600 training workshops a year, most of them on site in
school districts or at agencies. On Monday, Kesselman led a workshop
at Stockton for educators from three counties on how to analyze
the results of the state's standardized testing.
The SRI also
is expected to have a technology lab at the Carnegie Library in
Atlantic City, which the college is leasing from the Casino Reinvestment
also had expressed interest in using space at the old county courthouse
in Mays Landing, but that building requires substantial renovations,
and there is no definite timeline for when it would become available.
Executive Dennis Levinson said the county plans to enlarge offices
for the county clerk and surrogate at the old courthouse, and move
the freeholder offices there, using the main courtroom for meetings.
He said space would become available when the criminal courts and
sheriff's department are moved to the new $40 million justice facility
Thomas Barlas contributed to this story.)