CLARK, NJ – Even though school is out for the summer, the Clark School District has been busy preparing for the upcoming school year.  During both the June and July Clark Board of Education monthly meetings, the board approved numerous new hires across the district.

During the June meeting, Superintendent Ed Grande started but expressing his gratitude for Director of Special Projects: Student Support Services Doreen Babis.  Babis resignation went into effect on June 30th.  “We wish her all the best,” said Grande.  “She always gave her all to our district.”  Her replacement Nicole Viola, who has been with the district since 2004, was also introduced at the June meeting.

Other new hires approved and introduced at the June meeting include:

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  • Kelsey Anderson – Arthur L. Johnson mathematics teacher
  • Sydney Berkowitz – Frank K. Hehnly special education teacher
  • Shannon Caravano – Carl H. Kumpf special education teacher
  • Jessica Murray – Frank K. Hehnly teacher
  • Jack Schiavone – Arthur L. Johnson STEAM/technology teacher
  • Jaclyn Schwankert – Frank K. Hehnly and Valley Road School STEAM teacher
  • Kristen Waters – Frank K. Hehnly and Valley Road School literacy coach
  • Kayla White – Arthur L. Johnson mathematics teacher

Grande congratulated current part-time preschool teacher Tara Gordon on her new role as a full-time special education teacher at ALJ.  He also welcome back previous faculty members including:

  • Devin Glinsky – Valley Road School maternity replacement leave teacher
  • Suzana Lopes – Valley Road School maternity replacement leave teacher
  • Marcel Melendez – District ESL maternity replacement leave teacher
  • Kayla Rodrigues– Frank K. Hehnly maternity replacement leave teacher
  • Vincent Verdino – Carl H. Kumpf maternity replacement leave teacher

The following individuals were approved and introduced during the July meeting:

  • Andrew Amendola – Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services/Guidance
  • Anne Nelson – Frank K. Hehnly special education teacher
  • Hayleigh Shelbourne – District school psychologist
  • Dina Toth – District behaviorist (part-time)

Also at the July meeting, the board approved the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program (in conjunction with Kean University), Tomorrow’s Teachers Program and Introduction into Education Course (in conjunction with Rider University), and the Lifelines Suicide Prevention and Response Program (in conjunction with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County) all at ALJ.

The YMCA Cross Country Club will also be offered on a tuition basis to Carl H. Kumpf students after school from September 24, 2018 through November 6, 2018.  According to the July agenda, the approximate cost is $147 per student for two 1.25 hour sessions per week.

The next public session of the board of education is currently scheduled for Monday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Council Chambers located at 315 Westfield Avenue.