Bernards School Counseling Director Resigns to Head to Smaller New Providence District

Credits: File Photo
Credits: File Photo

BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Jillian Shadis, whose resignation as director of school counseling in the Bernards Township school district was accepted Monday night, is leaving to take a similar post in the New Providence district.

Shadis had been appointed to the position of director for the district only last July. Shadis was district supervisor of school counseling for the five years from July 2012 to June 2017. Prior to that, she was head counselor at Ridge High School for three years, coming to the district in 2009.

Shadis said before the meeting she was influenced by the desire to work in a smaller school district and be able to interact more with students.

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In February board minutes, New Providence showed 1,743 students in K-8 and 633 in high school. In a demographic study presented to the Bernards Township school board in January, there were 3,553 in grades K-8 and 1,854 in high school.

Shadis attended Monday’s meeting of the Bernards Township Board of Education, but left the room shortly before the board acted on her resignation letter. Board member Michael Byrne said he was sad to see her go because he thought she did a good job.

School officials have had the goal of building up the school district's student counseling program in recent years.

Before coming to Ridge, Shadis had been a guidance counselor at Millburn High School from 2005 to 2009.

The school’s website describes Shadis’ responsibilities as overseeing student assistance counselors, home instruction, registration, webmaster for the high school counseling department site, and coordinator for Ridge scholarships and special programs.

She participated in two public presentations in recent months. One was on the state of student mental health and the type of issues the district’s counseling department has dealt with in the last year; she is a member of the district crisis management team and traumatic loss committee. 

The second presentation was on the performance of 2016-17 Ridge High School students getting into college.

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