NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) named High School/Middle School Principal Lauren Zirpoli to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at its Thursday, July 23 meeting. Jennifer Killea was appointed to serve the remaining term of Ira Krauss. She will be sworn-in at the next meeting.

Zirpoli will replace Scott Hough who has accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools in Summit. His last day in New Providence will be August 14. Superintendent David Miceli congratulated his colleague and friend, Hough, and wished him luck at his new position. “Great time to become a superintendent,” Miceli joked. In his response Hough said that he values his time in New Providence.

Miceli noted that it is always a pleasure to promote current staff members. Of the two finalists for the position of the assistant superintendent Zirpoli became the top choice. She has worked in the district for the past nine years, two as vice-principal and seven as high school principal. She also took the reigns of the middle school earlier this year as the top positions of each school within the same building were combined.

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Zirpoli thanked Miceli for his support over the past nine years. She also commended teachers, administrators, students and parents, many of with whom she has developed a close relationship, for their support and cooperation during her career as a principal.

Miceli noted that due to increased state aid the district is able to add some department head positions that were eliminated during the economic downturn 10 years ago. Laura De Nicola was named World Language Department Head and Jennifer Tiongson was named Visual and Practical Arts Department Head.

Michelle Testa was appointed Mathematics Department Head for K-6. The current Department Head for Mathematics Susan Rembetsy will be in charge of grades 7-12.

With regard to other news the board approved a resolution to suspend full stipend payments for coaches, advisors and co-curricular staff members if the sports or other activities in question are canceled or shortened due to a declared state of emergency, public health emergency or any directive from state officials.