MADISON, NJ - In a moment described by Board President Lisa Ellis as "bittersweet," the Madison Borough Board of Education bid farewell on Tuesday night to Dr. Richard Noonan, superintendent, who has resigned his position and will be moving to Pennsylvania. "You've been our superintendent for six years, and we have accomplished so much over the course of those years, even in the face of some significant budgetary changes," Ellis said. "Your legacy will live on for years to come through the teachers you've hired and the students who have had the benefit of your leadership."
Ellis read a resolution in honor of Noonan, which was unanimously approved by the board.
"I've always appreciated that we've had a board that is first and foremost focused on our students," Noonan said. "I'm extremely lucky to have been here for the last six years and I'm very appreciative of all the support I've had and to everyone who has assisted me."
Noonan showed some pictures he said he found while cleaning out his office, which showed some of the projects that have been completed in the school district during the past six years. "No one can deeply appreciate and understand the time and energy it takes to be a member of a school board," Noonan said. "There is so much that goes on behind the scenes. This board has been great to work with."
Dr. James Dwyer has been appointed interim superintendent for the 2010-2011 school year.
In other business, board members:
• Recognized Madison High School for being named number 15 in New Jersey Monthly magazine's 2010 listing of New Jersey's top high schools. The ranking is based on a composite set of performance indicators, including college placement, SAT and Advanced Placement results, faculty degree attainment, and state test results. MHS improved from number 35 on the 2008 ranking, the largest jump of any school in the top 45 schools.
• Discussed the $260,000 in stimulus funds that the district acquired. Noonan said that within the next few days, the district could expect to receive allocation information from the county.
• Heard from resident Tom Haralampoudis, who expressed his disappointment that Junior School sports had been cut from the budget for the upcoming school year. Haralampoudis said he had attempted to raise enough interest among parents to take over the funding and coaching of Junior School sports, but was not able to do so. He told the board he hoped the sports program would be reinstated for the next school year. Noonan said the decision to cut Junior School sports was not done easily, but the district suffered a cut of $1.6 million in aid. Since Madison has a recreation program that could help make up for the loss of Junior School sports, Noonan said, the decision was made to cut that program.
The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21.