BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Longtime Ridge choral director Barbara Retzko’s retirement was saluted by the Bernards Township Board of Education at an online meeting June 15.
Fine arts supervisor Michael Fackleman served up words of praise for the veteran, who began in the system in 1980 at William Annin Middle School before transferring shortly later to Ridge High School.
Fackleman said Retzko fostered many students to gain honors, and led several state and regional choruses in her career.
The music teacher served 40 years in the district.
Another 18 district retirees were thanked by the Board of Education on June 1.
Other personnel actions were taken at the last three meetings of the year.
On June 1, child care leave was okayed for Jennifer O’Neill, a special education teacher at Cedar Hill School, starting Sept. 8 and returning Feb. 4, 2021.
Hired were Angela DiPetta as a maternity-leave Grade 4 teacher at Liberty Corner School; Donna Keefe as a “grade-to-be-determined” teacher at Mount Prospect School, and Heather Leichtman as a special education basic skills teacher at Mount Prospect.
On June 15 the board accepted the resignation of Danielle Schepis, a district information technology specialist.
It approved child care leave for Kim Taccarino, a reading specialist at Oak Street School, starting Oct. 16 and returning Sept. 1, 2021.
Hired were Megan Januszanis as a speech language specialist for Mount Prospect School and Amanda Statkevich as a physical education/health teacher at Ridge High.
At a special meeting June 24, the board approved child care leaves for Lauren Hull, a special education teacher at Liberty Corner School, and for Justine Walker, an instructional aide at Mount Prospect School.
Hired as school counselors for the next school year were Ryan Hughes for Ridge High School and Sarah Riley for William Annin Middle School.