MAST students find a new home in Keyport

School forced to relocate due to damage from Hurricane Sandy

Published on Friday, December 14, 2012

Monmouth County Vocational EA
MCVEA President John Cuttrell accepts gift cards from NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan.

Sandy Hook and the Atlantic Ocean had served as the greatest classroom for the teachers and students at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District. That was until they were forced out of their old classrooms by water damage, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. 11 of the campus’ 13 buildings took on water in the storm, and the school lost supplies and computers.

Monmouth County Vocational EA
Left to rightMCVSD Superintendent Tim McCorkell,with MCVEA Vice President, Maryanne Rodriguez, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan, and NJEA Region 9 UniServ Rep Tom Predale.

After missing nine days of school at the Sandy Hook campus, the staff and students are starting to settle in at their new locations. The career academy is now up and running at a Catholic school some 12 miles away. MAST’s 32 teachers and 297 students began attending classes Nov. 13 at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Keyport, a school that was shut down by the Diocese of Trenton three years ago because of declining enrollment. It is not yet known whether they will be at St. Joseph’s for months, or for the remainder of the school year.

Supplies for students and teachers

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the school’s 32 teachers received supplies donated by NJEA members across the state.  Each teacher received a box packed with enough supplies to get a classroom up and running. The Association also received backpacks filled with personal school supplies for their students that have been displaced from their homes, all courtesy of the NJEA Hurricane Sandy Back to School Fund.

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MCVEA members Wendy Green and Teresa Mancini with their teacher supplies provided to the MAST staff on Dec. 6.

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