BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - At the Berkeley Heights Board of Education meeting at Columbia Middle school on Thursday night, Board members discussed several hirings and announced grants that the district has received.  The Board plans to use some of these grants to help pay for some of the hirings. 

The Board approved Vincent J. Varrassi to act as a consultant to perform technology evaluations and offer training during the 2009-2010 school year. Mr. Varrassi had been contracted to perform these services for the Berkeley Heights public school system in the past. Grant funding will be used to cover the expenses associated with these services. 

Edward Logan was approved as a substitute/replacement teacher for the schools. Mr. Logan has been working as a substitute for Berkeley Heights since the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year and his contract has been renewed by the Board to continue for another term. The term will run until June 2010. Mr. Logan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in finance from Rutgers University and has over 20 years of private sector business experience.

Aileen Rodriguez's contract was also approved to continue as a substitute teacher in the district by the Board. Ms. Rodriguez, also hailing from Rutgers, earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers and completed her Early Childhood Education teaching certification at Kean University.

Berkeley Heights recently received donations for use during the 2009-2010 school year. The Berkeley Heights Education Foundation has donated approximately $8,530.00 in grant awards. The Board has also accepted a donation of a cultural arts program valued at $1,075.00 and two in-class presentations valued at $390.00 from the Thomas P. Hughes PTO.