BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Two districtwide academic supervisors will be pitching in as acting assistant principals at the Bernards Township middle school for the rest of the school year.
The Board of Education has authorized paying Michael Fackelman and Kathy Stotler $30 per day from March 9 through June 30 for their work at William Annin Middle School.
Fackelman is supervisor of fine and practical arts and Stotler is the supervisor of world languages. They are paid $139,718 and $134,212, respectively, in 2019-20.
Superintendent Nick Markarian said in an email that the two supervisors were willing to help give WAMS some additional assistant principal coverage after Principal Karen Hudock was appointed acting principal at Ridge High School in January, and one of the three WAMS assistant principals, Adam Torrisi, was promoted to be the acting middle school chief.
In addition, by early March, at the latest, the school district had to prepare staff and facilities to switch over to distance learning in case schools because of the Covid-19, or coronavirus.
“I fully expect Adam to return to his AP (assistant principal) spot when Karen returns as principal to WAMS” for the next school year, Markarian said.
In other personnel moves March 30, the board accepted four retirements, all effective June 30. They came from Adria DeGregorio, a special education teacher at Cedar Hill School; Debbie Len, a Grade 3 teacher at Liberty Corner School, and Barbara Erickson and Tim Mooney, both physical education/health teachers at Ridge High School.
The board also hired two maternity replacements. Sarah Riley was appointed a school counselor at William Annin Middle School at a prorated annual salary of $57,810, effective April 27 through June 30. Meaghan Slattery was hired as a kindergarten teacher, effective March 31 through June 30. The annual salary of $74,120 is to be prorated for days worked.
The board made three appointments for the rest of the school year: Susan O’Reilly as a school aide at Liberty Corner School for three hours per day; Mary Plaza as a fulltime instructional aide at Mount Prospect School, and Jheisy Urgilez as an educational technology assistant.
Resignations were accepted from Maureen Bearnarth, student information specialist; Matthew Herzer, an accountant in the district office, and Fran Poppe, a school aide at Oak Street School.
Resignations from extra-curricular activities for this school year were received from Olivia Lopes, an assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at Ridge; Lidia D’Armiento from spring intramurals at Cedar Hill School, and Carolyn Johnson, a part-time assistant in choreography to the Drama Club at Cedar Hill.