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Belleville High School Students Graduate Tonight at 7 p.m.

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Tonight at 7 p.m., the 117th Belleville High School Commencement will mean graduation for all who qualify to receive diplomas.

If storms threaten the event, which begins at about 7 p.m., the ceremony moves inside into the Connie Francis Theater.

After remarks by the Class President, class officers, and School Board President John Rivera, the Salutatorian and Valedictorian will talk about their pasts and the future.

Also this month, both the June 2nd and June 16th Board of Education meetings were canceled and replaced with a June 23rd meeting.

The end of the school year was again delayed by an inordinate number of snow days, officials said.

The Belleville Board of Education's schedule will slow down this summer, with likely only one meeting in both July and August.

The reorganized school board met in April to reorganize for the 2014-15 school year, and trustees face continuing challenges for school security, limitations from a thrifty school budget and renewed efforts to improve standardized test scores.

John Rivera was unanimously re-elected school board president, while Jeanne Lombardi was again selected to be vice president. Each can serve a maximum of two years.

The board has spent hundreds of thousands on armed security officers and other equipment upgrades for each district school after the Connecticut shooting in December 2012. The trustees say they also will continue to focus on working with state monitors to improve standardized text scores.

With an April election, Belleville is now one of the few school districts left in New Jersey that did not vote to shift its election to November.

That change precludes a public vote on the budget, officials said.



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