CHATHAM, NJ - Nicholas Andreazza was approved as the new principal of Milton Avenue Elementary School on Monday at the School District of the Chathams Board of Education meeting.

Andreazza will replace Marion McCarthy, who announced her retirement in March.

"There was really remarkable interest and a deep candidate pool," Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said. "We interviewed 25 candidates and narrowed it down to eight. From there, we narrowed it to two and after that there was one person standing."

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Andreazza is the principal at Riverview Elementary School in Denville. According to LaSusa, he's been in Denville for 17 years, the last seven as an administrator.

"He presented himself as being knowledgeable, friendly, caring, warm, very enthusiastic and certainly everyone who has gotten to know him over the interview process is delighted that he has decided to join Team Chatham and the 'Little School that Makes a Difference,' " LaSusa said.

Andreazza will receive a salary of $142,587, prorated at $130,704, effective Aug. 1, 2015.

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In other business, Mae Hacking of the Chatham Education Foundation presented the board with a $17,705.55 grant. The money will fund "READ Posters Creating a Community of Readers" at Chatham Middle School; "We are New Jersey Readers!" at Milton; "Improving Cognitive Functioning and Focus Through Fidgets" at Milton, Southern Boulevard and Washington, and "Inspire, Inquire, Ignite: Chromebooks in Action" at Southern Boulevard.

"This brings our total for the year to $116,000, our most ever," Hacking said.