BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Bernards Township school administrators said during budget discussions they were going to hire two language teachers for flexible assignments for the upcoming year. The school board did just that on Monday night.
The board hired Estrella Dorwani to teach Spanish at Ridge High and William Annin Middle schools. She’ll start on the eighth step of the guide with a bachelor degree plus 30 credits.
Joseph Bae was hired as a district wide teacher on the 14th step of the bachelor degree guide.
The board also hired Anthony Bispo as district director of facilities at an annual salary of $140,000 through June 2020. He replaces David Harding, whose resignation was accepted May 13. Harding was said ready to take a position with the Princeton public school district. Harding’s base annual salary, as listed in the school budget, was $137,537.
Frank Caccavale, a technology education teacher at Ridge High School, resigned, and the board hired Taylor Boehmer for the position in the next school year.
The board accept resignations of Jaclyn Ryan, an instructional support teacher at Cedar Hill School; Mary Ellen Peters, secretary at Ridge High, and instructional aides Pamela Geist at Mount Prospect School and Anne Snyder in the PreSchool Pals program at Mount Prospect School.
The board okayed child care leaves for Christine Guibord, a secretary at Oak Street School, until Dec. 3 and Melissa Kane, a kindergarten teacher at Cedar Hill School, for a return in September 2021.
An unpaid New Jersey Family Leave for Jacqueline Sullivan, a special education teacher at Mount Prospect School, through Dec. 2, was approved.
Hired were Clayton Beyert as a music teacher at Ridge High School and Timothy Dechert as a behavioral disabilities teacher for the middle school, both for the next school year.
Appointed on a on a per-diem basis for this school year were Allison Deakyne as a special education teacher at William Annin Middle School from June 4 to 21, and Nicole Economy as an education technology districtwide assistant until June 30.
The board accepted the retirement of Lynn Barrueco as a school aide at Oak Street School. It also acknowledged the retirements of nine others: Noreen Quinn-Foy and lunch leader Marianne Shuster at Liberty Corner School; speech language specialist Susan Lieb and Kathleen Sjolund at Mount Prospect School; Michael Levy at the middle school, and Gracia Caldero, Fran Calvaruso and Cathy Nadal-Willis at Ridge High.
Superintendent Nick Markarian took the lead in words of praising for Tara Bowman, who is retiring as districtwide math supervisor after spending 25 years in classrooms in the district.
Enrollment of two more staff members’ children were approved for the next school year. That brings the number of staffers’ children who will be educated at no cost to 62.