CHATHAM, NJ - Two new positions - Supervisors of Student Health and Well-Being, K-12 - were filled with the promotions of Lisa Lattarulo and Karen Leister, who were unanimously approved by the Chatham Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday night.
The BOE also approved a five-year contract for Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa, which went into effect July 19, 2019, and extends through June 30, 2024. LaSusa's new contract was officially approved on his 46th birthday.
LaSusa will be paid an annual salary of $238,000. The new contract "shall supercede and replace" LaSusa's 2017/2018 to 2021/2022 contract. LaSusa's pro-rated salary for the current school year is $226,602.92.
The two new health supervisors were selected from within the district. Lattarulo, the high school's student assistance counselor, and Southern Boulevard School Nurse Leister were determined to be the top two candidates for the position. LaSusa explained that the creation of two new supervisors will basically be "cost-neutral".
"We had a director of elementary education (Kathleen O'Connor) and we moved her to be the principal of Southern Boulevard School," LaSusa said. "That position has been vacant. We are not refilling that one and creating two supervisors of student well-being. They will retain some of their current responsibilities so that their replacements will be less than fulltime staff.
"It is basically cost-neutral. To be clear, we will have a full-time nurse at every school."
Lattarulo and Leister will each be paid an annual salary of $121,435. Their pro-rated salaries for the current school year will be $72,861.
Superintendent Michael LaSusa recognizes tenured administrator and teacher at BOE meeting
Tenured teachers recognized at the BOE meeting on Monday night included Special Education teacher Catherine Bruner and Science teacher Maureen Dangler of the Chatham Middle School; Jennifer Fernandez, BSI, Elizabeth Lafferty, Grade 4, Dina Mazzacano, Grade 4 and Jessica Taylor, Special Education at Lafayette School; Christina Sachs, Nurse and Annemarie Steigerwald, Special Education, at Washington School; Renee Colavita, Special Education and Amanda Turton, Design & Tech at Milton School, and Gail Hatch, physical therapist.
Also recognized was tenured Milton Avenue Principal Nick Andreazza (see below)