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Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home’s issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey’s one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won’t rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won’t have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. With Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Wall, it’s no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won’t be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren’t like anybody else’s, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won’t find any “one-size-fits-all” solutions here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can’t handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We’re talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home’s value and your family’s health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation’s walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation’s interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Wall

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn’t in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement’s water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home’s walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don’t wait to address the moisture developing in your basement – call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It’s easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don’t know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Wall:

Clay Bowl Effect

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or “bowl” effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home’s value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a “prevention over repair” mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We’re not in the business of putting a “Band-Aid” on your water problem – we want to fix your issue completely, so you don’t have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don’t usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home’s foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren’t clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home’s foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you’re thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn’t retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it’s best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Because every home is different, it’s hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor’s. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you’re having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won’t do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don’t let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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Wall, NJ welcomes Belmar beach COVID memorial to permanent home

WALL TWP. — For months, we have tracked Rima Samman's journey as she sought a new location for an ever-growing COVID-19 memorial she started on the Belmar beach.That new home is the Allaire Community Farm in Wall, where the Rami's Heart COVID-19 Memorial ...

WALL TWP. — For months, we have tracked Rima Samman's journey as she sought a new location for an ever-growing COVID-19 memorial she started on the Belmar beach.

That new home is the Allaire Community Farm in Wall, where the Rami's Heart COVID-19 Memorial will continue to expand as the first national, permanent memorial for COVID victims.

Among those victims are Samman's brother Rami, for whom the site is named.

But the memorial also now includes, on rocks and stones arranged in heart shapes, the names of people whose relatives have driven hundreds of miles, or flown cross-country, to honor their loved ones.

The original design has, in general, been preserved as best as it can, Samman said.

"We found a carpenter that was willing to build shadow boxes, so that we were able to pick up each heart off the beach and glue it in there the same way it looked on the beach," she said.

One of the upgrades at the farm is that the names will be engraved, rather than written in marker.

"Now what we're doing is, we're building a garden around the memorial," Samman said. "The hearts are preserved, and then we will continue to take names, obviously."

Some of the issues with the memorial's previous location, on the 3rd Avenue beach in Belmar, were that borough officials had become concerned it could be vandalized or, that beachgoers might not know what it represented.

Plus, it was getting more difficult to contain by the day.

"Even though we announced that the project was taking a pause, we stopped at 10 hearts, locals went overnight and built an 11th heart," Samman said. "And when the 11th heart got filled, locals went and built a 12th heart."

Bringing the memorial to Allaire Community Farm has given Samman an added, personal sense of security. She remembered a day after there had been a big storm that hit the beach, and of all the rocks and stones that had been disturbed, she initially couldn't find her brother's.

Now, she'll be able to keep his memory safe.

"It's one of those things, it's all we really have right now," Samman said. "We don't have anything else that really represents our loved ones."

Check out the memorial on Facebook, and let them know if you have someone you would like to honor.

Patrick Lavery is New Jersey 101.5's afternoon news anchor. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email [email protected].

Allaire Community Farm in Wall hosting barbecue for NJ Veterans and their families

Any grill-master will tell you that weather doesn't matter, grilling season is all year, all you need is family, friends and food.It's even better when you combine all those things together.Allaire Community Farm in Wall Township is doing just that by inviting Military Veterans from across New Jersey and even beyond to come together and celebrate food, the weather and above all -- each others company.Listen to Vin Ebenau mornings on Townsquare Media Jersey Shore Radio Stations, email him news tips ...

Any grill-master will tell you that weather doesn't matter, grilling season is all year, all you need is family, friends and food.

It's even better when you combine all those things together.

Allaire Community Farm in Wall Township is doing just that by inviting Military Veterans from across New Jersey and even beyond to come together and celebrate food, the weather and above all -- each others company.

Listen to Vin Ebenau mornings on Townsquare Media Jersey Shore Radio Stations, email him news tips here, and download our free app.

Rick Young, who is the President of the Board of Directors of Allaire Community Farm and a Combat Vietnam War Veteran where he also served as an M.P. and afterwards for the FBI, said they've been running events for a couple years now for military veterans but they wanted to put this special event together where they can bring their families with them.

"One of the things that we hear from veterans is that there's a number of programs available to them but the families are not necessarily included and they wanted to be able to share the experience with other veterans," Young tells Townsquare Media News. "So, at Allaire Community Farm, we decided that we would put together a Veterans appreciation fall family barbecue night."

The food coming your way that afternoon/evening will be veteran cooked and sponsored.

"A Veteran owned business, it's G.I. Smoke BBQ company, will be there (and) the food will be free and the company has been sponsored by the 'Arms 2 Artisans' (which) is a Veterans support non-profit which helps veterans transition from the military into civilian employment," Young said.

It's a free event for veterans and their families on October 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm that will include more than just food.

"We will have hayrides for both the adults and the children, there will be arts and crafts for the children, the petting zoo will be available and for a very small fee, $2.00, you can purchase a bag of food and actually feed the animals in the petting zoo which usually is a lot of fun for the kids," Young said.

The animals you'll be able to feed/see at the petting zoo include goats, guinea hens and other assorted animals.

There will also be horses and cows (and Lily the pig) on site but they are for looking, not for petting or feeding.

Young said that there's no need to sign-up for the barbecue event, you just have to show up but also be sure to bring your military identification.

"We hope to provide a good time for all of the veterans who attend," Young said.

Freehold Township boys soccer keeps rolling despite youth

WALL – Freehold Township generally never has a true rebuilding season but if there ever was going to be one, this year might have been the time.Losing 15 seniors from a group that led the Patriots to a Shore Conference Tournament championship in 2019, there was a whole team’s worth of new faces this spring in Freehold. In a loaded A North division, it could have been a tough year for the Patriots.But somehow, Freehold Township has remained one of the top teams in the Shore Conference. With a 1-0 victo...

WALL – Freehold Township generally never has a true rebuilding season but if there ever was going to be one, this year might have been the time.

Losing 15 seniors from a group that led the Patriots to a Shore Conference Tournament championship in 2019, there was a whole team’s worth of new faces this spring in Freehold. In a loaded A North division, it could have been a tough year for the Patriots.

But somehow, Freehold Township has remained one of the top teams in the Shore Conference. With a 1-0 victory against Wall on Thursday night, the Patriots kept cruising.

The Shore Conference Tournament will be seeded next week, and it looks likely Freehold Township (8-2) will be seeded no lower than No. 3.

“Everybody was sleeping on us,” Freehold Township leading scorer Herman Colbert said. “We like being underdogs.”

What makes Freehold Township’s start more remarkable is the Patriots have lost two of their top seniors – JT Gold and Christian Mojares – to injury for an extended period of time. An inexperienced team that lost two of its top two upperclassmen has still been able to rumble along.

“It’s always the next man up, we need the younger guys to step up and fill in for our brothers,” Colbert said. “Whenever we’re playing on the field, We’re giving 100% for those who lost their senior season.”

That next man up was James Stanley on Thursday night. An Aidan Englander cross found the feet of Stanley, who then buried the ball into the back of the net in the 30th minute.

'A gritty, tough team'

From there, the Patriots battled and held on as they have for most of the year.

“As a coach when you lose 15 seniors to graduation, there’s always that gap where you’re not sure how fast you’re going to pick up the speed of the game,” Freehold Township head coach Josh Mehl said. “I knew we had talent and more than talent, this is a gritty, tough team. I thought we could be where we are not, but they’ve exceeded my expectations for them because ultimately we outwork teams.”

Freehold Township proved its meddle early in the season in a 3-2 loss to CBA in the second game of the year. The Patriots led two separate times in that game but eventually fell on a CBA goal in the 77th minute.

It was a disappointing loss, but it’s the closest any team in the Shore Conference – or the state – has played the Colts this year.

“I knew we could play with them,” Mehl said. “They’re starting to learn that we can play with anybody, and they’re not afraid. That’s half the battle.”

Because the Shore Conference Tournament was not played last year, Freehold Township remains the defending champion after capturing the title in 2019. The Patriots have qualified for the tournament every season for a decade and a half – the longest active streak in the Shore Conference.

It's a winning tradition that was started by Todd Briggs and one that Mehl has continued. Each year, no matter who is on the roster, the Patriots expect to win titles.

“They take pride every time they step on the field furthering that tradition of excellence,” Mehl said. “It’s my expectation, but it’s also their expectation. I don’t have to get in their face and fire them up.”

Danny LoGiudice has covered local sports across New Jersey since 2014. Contact him at [email protected] or @danny_logiudice on Twitter.

Food Truck Festival Will Help Kids With Cancer In Wall Township, New Jersey

If you haven't been to this Jersey Shore event yet, I think this October you have to go. It really is a fantastic Monmouth County event. The organizers do a wonderful job and it's totally worth bringing the entire family.Listen to Jimmy G nights on 94.3 The Point and download our free 94.3 The ...

If you haven't been to this Jersey Shore event yet, I think this October you have to go. It really is a fantastic Monmouth County event. The organizers do a wonderful job and it's totally worth bringing the entire family.

Listen to Jimmy G nights on 94.3 The Point and download our free 94.3 The Point app.

There will be another food truck festival at Oak Tree Lodge in Wall Township! In May Food Trucks In The Fall raised $17,000 for kids with cancer! HOW FANTASTIC IS THAT?! Now in the fall, the two-day outdoor event will be Saturday, October 9th, and Sunday, October 10th. You can choose between two sessions for each day. 11 am to 3 pm or 4 pm to 8 pm. You must have a ticket to enter. Tickets are going fast and you can purchase them HERE. Don't forget to look at buying a fire pit table! keep scrolling for details...

Most importantly, everyone will be celebrating for a great cause. Proceeds of the event will benefit The Valerie Fund which operates Camp Happy Times. Camp Happy Times is a one-week overnight camp experience for any child aged 5-21 who has or has had cancer. The Valerie Fund offers the camp free of charge, which includes transportation, meals, and on-site medical care. The camp is located at the Tyler Hill Camp in Pennsylvania and well over 150 children attend the camp each year!

They raised $17,000 at the last food truck festival, lets try to raise more this October! There will be 8 food trucks, LIVE entertainment, a petting zoo, robots, a beer/wine tent, and more!

What food trucks are going to be there? A few Jersey Shore favorites you can see below will be there...

The Tastiest Jersey Shore Food Trucks You Should Try This Fall

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Lexylixious

"Ice Cream Truck & Company! We offer custom ice cream sandwiches, delicious homemade cookies, and ice cream. Hire us for any event! Weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, etc. Our adorable ice cream trucks service the whole state of New Jersey!" - Lexylixious

Let's Have A Ball!

"Let's Have A Ball was established by John Craggan Jr and Eric Oakes in 2019 just two friends with a dream, a dash of dedication, and pinch hope to bring the community a true Italian street food, Classic Aranchini. The Let's Have A Ball Food Truck brand Offers Authentic Italain Aranchini with the freshest of ingredients, Always fresh, Always fun, That's Lets Have A Ball" - Let's Have A Ball

Rescue Rolls - Gourmet Eggrolls

"Whether you are looking for Traditional Catering or our Gourmet Food Truck, we make it our personal goal to give 110% in every single interaction we have to give you the best possible experience. With our Hard Work, Effort & Love for the Product, your guests will be thinking & dreaming about your event for years to come! Stop by the café & check us out!" - Shore Good Eats

Tacoholics

"This story began back in 2016, when a group of hometown friends decided to risk it all for something they loved....tacos. Taking the food truck game head on, the guys knew they had to create something unique and delicious. From that day forward, Tacoholics put their own spin on tacos and decided that our food needed to be available on an everyday basis. From the first day until the present day we have expanded our menu beyond just tacos, grew out food truck concept to multiple stores, and most importantly strengthened our team of loyal Tacoholics." - Tacoholics

"Our Passion is to provide delicious, quality food prepared from premium ingredients for your next party, event or festival. The Tasty Trolley brings you a mix of boardwalk-style eats clashed with gourmet Southern Italian dining, culminated from a culinary expertise spanning over three decades. Brought to you by the team behind Red Bank's iconic Gaetano's Restaurant, which has been satisfying the cravings of the Monmouth County area for over 17 years." - The Tasty Trolley

Teacher shortage leaves Newark schools with 120 unfilled positions as classes start

When Madison Upshaw showed up to her forensic science class at Newark’s Barringer High School on the first day of school, she found an athletic coach at the front of the room.“He was like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna be your sub for the whole year,’” the 12th-grader said. “I guess they can’t find anybody.”Upshaw was one of many Newark students who returned last week to a school without enough teachers.Across the district, 120 instructional positions were still unfilled when clas...

When Madison Upshaw showed up to her forensic science class at Newark’s Barringer High School on the first day of school, she found an athletic coach at the front of the room.

“He was like, ‘Yeah, I’m gonna be your sub for the whole year,’” the 12th-grader said. “I guess they can’t find anybody.”

Upshaw was one of many Newark students who returned last week to a school without enough teachers.

Across the district, 120 instructional positions were still unfilled when classes started Sept. 7 — a larger number of open jobs than around this time in the previous two school years, according to data obtained by Chalkbeat through a public records request. Barringer alone is short 15 teachers, including five for bilingual classes, three for special education, and others for math, science, social studies, and more.

The problem is widespread: About 60% of the district’s 65 schools were short at least one teacher or other instructional staffer, such as a counselor or social worker, the data show. The staffing crunch meant some students found substitute teachers or crowded classrooms on their first day back.

Teacher shortage is an issue nationwide

Schools nationwide are struggling to hire enough teachers. The shortage predated the pandemic, but COVID-19 compounded the problem by convincing some teachers to retire early or change professions. The staffing shortfall could have dire consequences this school year because many students faced academic and mental health challenges during their 18 months out of classrooms and now need extra support.

New Jersey reported teacher shortages this school year in math, science, world languages, special education, vocational training, and English as a second language. In Newark, the most acute shortages are for elementary school, bilingual, and special education teachers.

“The more specialized the field, the fewer candidates there have always been,” said Karen Bingert, executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. “And now it’s exponentially tighter.”

The shortage could spell bad news for students. Schools often fill vacancies with substitute teachers, who might have less experience or expertise in a given subject than a full-time teacher would. Other times, schools make up for the staffing shortfall by combining classes or assigning teachers extra periods.

Even if schools eventually fill the open positions, student learning suffers when teachers are hired midyear, researchers have found. The instability makes it hard for students to build trust and rapport with their teachers, Bingert said.

‘It can be pretty heartbreaking’

“That has academic and developmental repercussions” for students, she added. “It can be pretty heartbreaking.”

Newark schools were short a dozen bilingual teachers, the Sept. 7 data show. A chronic shortage of bilingual teachers was one of the problems uncovered during a yearslong investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the district’s program for students still learning English.

As part of a settlement with the Justice Department, the district must create a plan to recruit and retain more educators who are qualified to teach bilingual or English as a second language classes. The district also is offering $4,000 bonuses to teachers who get certified in one of those areas.

The district, which educates roughly 37,000 students and employed nearly 3,900 instructional staffers last school year, has taken other steps to fill its vacancies.

The district hosted virtual job fairs this summer, including one targeting bilingual teachers that resulted in seven hires, according to school board documents. The district also offered bonuses to employees who helped recruit bilingual teachers, though only 12% of referrals were hired.

In addition, the district hired more than 30 former student teachers as full-time educators; brought on some members of Teach For America, a program that offers abbreviated teacher training; and partnered with Montclair State University to funnel recent graduates into open classroom positions. In total, the district welcomed some 350 new teachers this school year, officials said.

“The district is working tirelessly, aggressively, and strategically in recruiting and hiring the best qualified teaching staff,” said district spokesperson Nancy Deering. She added that hard-to-fill positions, including special education, are a top priority.

How state lawmakers tried to help

State lawmakers have also sought to ease the teacher shortage. Earlier this year, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that cut in half the number of credits a college student needs to become a substitute teacher, and extended the length of time that substitutes can fill in for full-time teachers.

While such stopgap measures might be helpful, schools also need long-term solutions to their staffing problems, said Steven LoCascio, head of educational leadership at Kean University’s College of Education. One crucial strategy is to improve teacher retention through better pay and more training and support for novice teachers.

“It’s hard enough to get new teachers,” LoCascio said. “But then when we get them, we’re not always able to keep them.”

Teacher turnover has long been a challenge for Newark. About 15% of teachers left the district between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, compared with 9% of teachers who left their districts statewide, according to the most recent data.

From January to August of this year, 176 teachers resigned or retired from the district and 77 were fired or let go, according to district data. The numbers were similar in 2019, suggesting that the pandemic is not the main cause of the churn.

Substitute teachers are also in short supply

Iris Ventura, a senior at Barringer High School, said several teachers she’d grown close with didn’t return this year.

“When you make a bond with them” and they leave, she said, “it’s like, ‘No!’”

Barringer has another big challenge: Its rising population of English learners, who accounted for 40% of students in 2020, creates an acute need for bilingual teachers — a group in high demand statewide. An administrator at Barringer said hiring bilingual teachers is like “finding unicorns.”

Substitute teachers are also in short supply. As a result, administrators have been asking teachers to fill in on days when particular classes are without a full-time or substitute teacher, said one Barringer educator.

The teacher, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid retaliation, also said extra students were added to her roster because her department is short two teachers. All the scrambling to compensate for missing teachers sends a bad message to students, she added.

“It makes them feel like they don’t matter,” she said, when in fact, “these kids really deserve the best teachers.”

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