HOLMDEL, NJ - The Holmdel School Board meeting featured a very special treat for the board, staff and citizens present on Wednesday night. A performance was held by the W.R. Satz School Choir and Handbells. It was very well received by all.
Talented students were 'singing and ringing' with joy for the Christmas and Hanukkah season. Featured were Silent Night and the Dreidel song. The creativity and talent of the students was on full display.
The Superintendent also presented recognition awards to:
- All-State Musicians: Mixed and Treble Chorus
- All-Eastern Musicians: Mixed Chorus and Musical Theater Repertoire Choir
- Girls Cross Country Team - Central Jersey Group 2 Champions & NJSIAA Group 2 State Champions
- Girls Tennis Team - Central Jersey Group 2 State Champions
The school conducted the regular business of the night during their last meeting of the year including staffing changes, pay raises, 17 new or amended policies and 9 amended regulations. You can view them by reviewing the agenda HERE
The Superintendent provided his monthly reports as well, which included improvements on HIB reporting and an update on total enrollment for students. Enrollment comes in at just under 3000 for all schools.
Each year, the Board of Education has an election. Thus, it was notable this year that two members of the board will be moving on. The two members are Lori Ammirati, who came up a few votes short to board member Mike Sockol, and also board member Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu. She chose not to run. Liu chose instead to run for the Holmdel Township Committee. She is currently in the middle of an election recount to decide if she wins or loses a seat on the Holmdel Committee dais for 2020. Both Ammirati and Liu thanked the public.
"I want to thank the community for allowing me to represent them for four years. It's been my honor and many of you mentioned my busy schedule but its really was an honor and privilege to serve on the Holmdel Board of Education," said Ammirati.
"Thank you everybody. This duty has been a very special experience and journey added on to my career as an educator," said Liu
The Board went around the room to offer appreciation to Liu and Ammirati. You can listen to the commentary HERE. Newcomer Elizabeth Urbanski (a lifelong resident) and Joe Hammer (returning to the board) were also welcomed as they will start their new term in January.