September 25, 2023



BEOF unveils new symbol, likely title for former Holy Relatives Academy

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The BEOF held its Yearly Public Meeting on Dec. 15.

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The former Holy Spouse and children Academy will before long bear a new identify.


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The BEOF held its Once-a-year General public Assembly on Dec. 15.

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The previous Holy Relatives Academy will shortly bear a new name.

The Bayonne Financial Opportunity Basis (BEOF) has unveiled a new logo and likely identify for the former Holy Family members Academy at 239 Avenue A.

The new name of the school, which would be a section of the Head Get started software, was proposed as Stepping Stone Academy of South Hudson. The logo is a cartoon depiction of a few distinctive kids stepping on a gem stone. BEOF Director Samantha Howard introduced the ultimate drafts of the logo and identify to the board of the BEOF for approval.

“The three small children are standing and symbolizing our kids,” Howard mentioned. “Because our small children are some of our most precious commodities, they are on gemstones. Gemstones, synonymous with stepping stones, highlights exactly what we are seeking to do with our new site with our software.”

Behind the title

The board voted to approve the new brand for the university at its Yearly Community Meeting on Dec. 15. Nonetheless, it tabled voting on the name just after apprehension by some board users.

The issue amongst lots of board members was the term South Hudson, which lots of felt may be bewildering. In accordance to Howard, South Hudson represents not only Bayonne but can also incorporate Jersey City.

“When finding out and researching this, we figured out that we did not have to just offer Head Start off support to just Bayonne,” Howard said.

“Head Commence did advise that as effectively, mainly because this will assist us to increase a lot more grant money and much more expert services outside the house of Bayonne,” said Main Monetary Officer of the BEOF, Anthony Segarra. “They know that Bayonne is a portion of Hudson County and they would like to see that, as much as the applications are concerned, and give us far more alternatives to provide a lot more solutions.”

Board member Diane Liming claimed: “Does the South Hudson have to be there? I assume that is really confusing.” In accordance to Howard, the faculty desires an identifier because Stepping Stone Academy is a widespread identify.

South Hudson?

Liming countered that if it was under the BEOF, it need to be the Stepping Stone Academy of Bayonne, not South Hudson. In reaction, Howard said that Head Commence speaks to extra than just Bayonne and provides an chance to develop.

Liming was nevertheless not confident: “We get regional corporations to aid us mainly because we are the Bayonne Financial Prospect Basis. Now we’re expressing that we’re a county business enterprise.” Howard mentioned that the BEOF would still be a Bayonne organization, even with the naming convention that would permit the inclusion of Jersey City.

The former Holy Relatives Academy will before long bear a new title.

Board member Sue Sweeney pointed out it may possibly be interfere with funding by means of the college district.

“It’ll be a very little complicated if the young children are enrolled in our software from out-of-district simply because that ties into an additional district funding that child to go to college there,” Sweeney claimed. “For a baby to be serviced that is university age, it is a little baffling if it is not just Bayonne.”

Board member Tony Timpanaro extra that they may well have to converse to the Bayonne Board of Instruction. In response to the questions and worries about the title, Howard prompt it be tabled and worked on, to which the board agreed. Meanwhile, the board liked the brand and agreed that it was “cute,” voting unanimously to approve it.

Renovations underway

According to Howard, the renovations at the former Holy Loved ones Academy university that must happen right before Stepping Stone Academy can open up are in development: “The place is currently below design. They are there accomplishing the renovations, part of the demolition. We are at this time in agreement and shifting ahead with this undertaking.”

The undertaking underwent many trials and tribulations just before eventually awarding a $2.1 million contract and obtaining matters underway.

“We labored our way to this issue under substantially inflation,” Howard stated. “Also, there was controversy when it comes to trying to get a contractor for the constructing and the bids coming in way better than what the making was in fact truly worth. Head Start recognized that pre-COVID grant funding was not ample but is now doing work with us, investing the money that we have as effectively as allocating further dollars to entire this. As of Monday of this week, the Stepping Stone Academy is at the moment underneath design with the demolition having put as we communicate.”

And as those renovations take place, the BEOF continues to glance for funding resources for the necessary renovations to the previous Holy Relatives convent so that it can relocate its headquarters there.

For updates on this and other stories, check and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be arrived at at [email protected]. 

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