BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Gina Donlevie has resigned as an administrator in the Bernards Township school district. Also among four resignations received by the Board of Education was that of Ridge High School math teacher Eric Schroeder, who will remain as the varsity girls basketball coach.

Dr. Donlevie was set to be assistant principal at William Annin Middle School this fall. She was hired as of July 8 as middle school principal in the West Essex school district in North Caldwell and has held two meet-and-greet sessions with parents at her new assignment.

At its meeting July 22, the Bernards Township Board of Education also accepted the retirement notice of Virginia Suriano, an instructional aide at Cedar Hill Elementary School, effective June 20.

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Four resignations were received. One was Schroeder, a math teacher who also coaches girls basketball at Ridge. The Red Devils' girls basketball team was 20-9 last winter under Schroeder, who has accepted a teaching position outside the district, but who will remain the girls basketball coach for the 2019-2020 season.

Three resignations were at William Annin Middle School: Kaitlyn Schaefer, a special education teacher; Christian Soto, a social studies teacher, and instructional aide Brittany Troncone.

The board hired five teachers as maternity leave replacements. They are:

  • Jennifer Bonica, Grade 1 teacher at Mount Prospect School, from Sept. 1 to Nov. 3.

  • Angela DiPetta, a Grade 3 teacher at Oak Street School, from Sept. 1 to Jan. 31, 2020.

  • Kendall Carrier, a strings teacher for Liberty Corner and Cedar Hill schools, for the school year;

  • Jessica Karlovich, a special education teacher at Mount Prospect School, from Sept. 1 to Jan.31, 2020, and

  • Emily Lloyd, a kindergarten teacher at Oak Street School from Sept. 1 to Jan.31, 2020.

Appointed for the full school year was Sharyn Finno, an English language arts teacher for William Annin Middle School.

Three school aides were hired: Nazan Bulca and Barbara Caporaso for Mount Prospect School, and Frances Poppe for Oak Street School.

William Fratto was hired as an instructional aide for Cedar Hill School. For Oak Street School, Linda Ingling was hired as a secretary and Jenifer Nicholson as a secretary in the special services area.

A child care leave was approved for Tricia Gasek, a Grade 2 teacher at Cedar Hill

School, from Dec. 2 to September 2020.