HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education announced the resignation of Italian teacher Laura Astorina at December's meeting Thursday night at the Eglow Media Center in the high school. The location was changed due to the middle school play, "The Jungle Book," being staged in Kiefer Auditorium. 

"Miss Astorina is a high quality teacher," said Michael Warren, president of the Hasbrouck Heights Education Association. "I am disappointed, so is the HHEA, to see her resign so quickly after she arrived here. I want to stress that it is the HHEA's interests along with the Board and Superintendent to work together to attract and retain top quality educators for our students. 

Warren explained she "revived the Italian Club" and hoped they can continue with the Italian language, noting "it's popular with the students."

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Astorina replaced long-time teacher Antoinette Washburn at the beginning of the school year. Her final day is January 24, 2020.

Dr. Matthew Helfant, Superintendent of Schools, said there is "a plan forthcoming" for students currently enrolled in Italian classes.

Additional staff announcement include:

Matt Sparacio to resign as assistant baseball coach; Joe Crabbe appointed to the same position;

C. Warren to resign as assistant softball coach; Jennifer Keller appointed to the same position;

Vincent Marchese to resign as assistant track coach;

T. Condal appointed coaching assistant for bowling;

Jesse Coffey appointed Sport Clinician for cross-country;

John Dammann appointed volunteer wrestling coach;

J. McCann named Special Education teacher, to replace L. Muldoon.

Board president Robert Salerno noted it was probably his last meeting in that position, and thanked everyone for working together over the past year, and wished the staff, Board members, students, and parents a safe and happy holiday season. Helfant echoed the sentiment and acknowledged Board member Kevin Mullins at his final meeting of the year, thanking him for the "time and energy you put into the Board."


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