WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Several teaching, staff, and coaching appointments were made at the Wood-Ridge Board of Education July meeting on Monday.

The Board approved the coaching appointment of the Junior/Senior High School's new Head Coach for Cross Country Quinn Geraghty, along with volunteer Cross Country Coaches Mallory Garvin and Dennis Rowley. Rowley was also named to a Fall Conditioning position. Michael Larkin and Stephan Barat were named Assistant Football Coaches, both were previously approved as Volunteer Coaches. Krystal Thomason was named Assistant Girls Soccer Coach. Kendall Caruso was named Head Middle School Volleyball Coach at both Wood-Ridge Intermediate School and the Junior/Senior High School.

The Board accepted the resignations of teacher Alyssa Bullaro, Assistant Football Coaches Joseph Gingerelli and Thomas Kroncke, and paraprofessional Jacqueline Macri.

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Personnel replacements included Guidance Counselor Melanie Maida (replacement for Christina Tenore), Special Ed/ELA Jessica Demkin (replacement for Lara Schmitt), and fourth grade teacher Courtney Barrows (replacement for Jessica Ripp.)

In the Hearing of Citizens, parent Kris Amels questioned the Board why a flyer for a Hasbrouck Heights church's vacation bible school program was sent home in her child's backpack, saying it looks as if the district approves of the program. Chief School Administrator Nick Cipriano explained that the approved flyer was to "provide information and resources to the community" during the summer. Board attorney Dan Roberts said the backpack flyers are protected as a "limited purpose public forum" for different groups and organizations. Board member Christopher Garvin suggested maybe putting a disclaimer at the bottom.

Parent Nina Kedersha asked whether there was a decision on the status of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Susan DeNobile. Board president Albie Nieves said there had been no decision and could not give a timeframe for it.

The Board went back into closed session with no action to be decided.


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