BOONTON, NJ (Morris County) – Director Tayfun Selen of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners was at Boonton High School Wednesday when Governor Phil Murphy toured a pre-K class to tout his proposal to add $68 million more to pre-K spending in the state budget.
Children and some parents were in attendance, along with Boonton education officials, Acting New Jersey Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill. The officials toured a preschool academy housed in Boonton High School, visiting classrooms and taking part in some drawing activities with the students.
The Governor’s visit was intended to highlight his push to increase pre-K spending to nearly $1 billion in New Jersey.
Some of the Boonton High School students have siblings in the pre-K classes, and the school has a program the permits12th graders to work with the younger kids and graduate with a Child Development Associate Educational Certificate of Achievement.
At local coffee shop after the school tour, Murphy talked with four mothers whose students are enrolled in the pre-K program. They spoke about how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their children and how important being back in school in-person has been for their families.