Maka Replaces Foca as High School Boys’ Soccer Coach; $244,100 Contract Awarded for Lafayette School Boiler Replacement


CHATHAM, NJ - The man who held the head coaching position of the Chatham High School Boys' Soccer Team as the squad captured the NJAC Independence Division and Morris County crowns this past season will not be at the helm next fall.

The Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams on Monday replaced Gene Foca with Mark Maca.

Board members did not comment on the replacement during Monday’s meeting. Maka will receive a stipend of $7,319 for the coaching position.

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There still are two vacancies on the boys’ soccer coaching staff. In addition to Maka, the school body approved the following fall coaches:

Cheerleading—Kristiann Puorro

Field hockey—Jeremy Heinze, Randy Raffo, Meghan Smith and *Douglas Chambers

Football--Donald Morgenroth, Jarrod Pence, James Curley, Daniel Brown, Joe Sullivan, Jason Izsa, *Hurta Izsa, *John Trevisan and *Jed Warsager

Girls’ Soccer—Christopher Calveley, Christine Cavallo, Christopher Mazurkiewicz and *Kelly Bray

Tennis—Bruce Humphreys and James Urbelis

Volleyball—Anna Chesnakova and one vacancy

Boys’ cross country—Barry Patrick

Girls’ cross country—Julie Ullmeyer

Cross country volunteers—David Gerridge and Thomas Grimes.

*Volunteer Coaches

The board also approved the reappointment of four tenured teaching staff members, Jennifer Perdeck and Jamie Zidle at Southern Boulevard School and Rhonda Seyam and Carolyn Kielblock at the high school.

Also approved were Vincent Palladino as a science and mathematics teacher at Lafayette School, Katelyn Killea as a teacher at Southern Boulevard School and Erin Tromonda as a gifted and talented liaison at Southern Boulevard.

In addition, Peter Trebour was approved as harassment, intimidation and bullying coordinator at Chatham Middle School, replacing Robert Gardella.

On another matter, Interim Superintendent of Schools Dennis Fyffe reported that during the week health department officials had reported one case and one suspected case of pertussis as Washington Avenue School.

Fyffe said the health officials notified the school’s assistant principal and principal, who then contact the superintendent’s office. He said the health officials had followed proper procedures and, from his past experience, he was confident the situation was in good hands.

On another issue, board member Richard Connors said a district parent had expressed a concern to him at a social function that students at the high school had not been dressing appropriately and had asked if the high school had a dress code similar to that in the middle school.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael LaSusa replied there was a student dress code in the high school’s student handbook, and, if a teacher thought a student was not dressed appropriately the teacher was to report the student to the vice principal and principal who then would determine whether a parent should bring a change of clothing to the school for the student.

The school body also awarded a $244,100 contract to CJ Vanderbeck of Paterson for replacement of the boiler at Lafayette School.

School Business Administrator and Board Secretary Peter Daquilla told the board Vanderbeck had done other boiler projects in the district’s schools and had performed well.

The board also recognized Chatham High School student, Sophie Kapica, for her project that resulted in the donation by the Dyson Company of eight hand dryers to be used in four separate locations in the district.

Daquilla said the district would pay for the installation of the dryers.

School body members also accepted a $1,000 donation from Milton Avenue School parents, the Hammer family, to be used in the school at the discretion of the principal and a $1,585 donation from the Washington Avenue School Parent Teacher Organization to be used for the purchase and installation of an awning on the Watchung Avenue entrance of the school.

On another matter, the following were announced to head board committees for the 2012-2013 school year:

Finance—Matthew Gilfillan


Curriculum—Jill Critchley Weber

Policy—Steve Barna

Negotiations—Board President Tom Belding

Morris County School Boards—Al Burgunder

Morris County Educational Services Commission—Connors

Weber announced those in attendance at the Broadway Under the Stars 2012 fundraiser sponsored by the Chatham Music and Theater Boosters were treated to performances by 25 to 30 students.

She added Sean Switzer won the Maplewood Glee Club 2012 John A. Plummer Memorial Scholarship and the high school’s Select Voices group had performed in Lincoln Center.

As liaison to the Parent-Teacher Organization, she reported the organization, in response to questions from the board, had decided that after school courses sponsored by the organization now would be taught only by teachers.

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