MONTVILLE, NJ – Lazar Middle School Principal Sharon Carr’s retirement was approved at the April 18 meeting of the Montville Township Board of Education. Before the meeting, no formal announcement had been made. Her retirement takes effect July 1, 2017, according to the meeting agenda.

During the meeting, Board Member Dr. Karen Cortellino said that she was sad to see Carr retiring.

In a statement to TAPinto Montville, Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar said:

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“Sharon Carr has been an inspirational leader at Robert R. Lazar Middle School. She will be missed in her retirement. We will begin interviewing next week to fill the Lazar principal position in time for the 2017-2018 academic year. A formal announcement will be made once the process is completed and the Board of Education has approved the candidate.”

At the meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Andrea Woodring was approved for maternity leave beginning June 15.

High School News

The MTHS boys’ lacrosse team’s record is now 3-5 with wins over Glenn Rock, New Providence and Pequannock. Sophomore star Jake Garb leads the Mustangs with 11 goals during the season thus far, according to the high school report from high school liaisons Jonathan Kraft and Bayann Amer.

Next week, the top business students in the high school will travel to Anaheim, CA to compete at the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) National Competition. The qualifiers include Lauren Measley, Jane Meng, Matt Perry, Gianna Prudente, Kristen Soares, Sara Sotirov Jamie Wittner, and Ally Yu.

On April 28, the Future Business Leaders of America Club will be traveling to Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Research in Molecular Biology class will be traveling to the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers.

School Start Times

During the public portion, Indira Injamuri stated her request to change the start time at the high school. She is the mother of a freshman and a senior at the school, and she gave board members documents regarding research about improved performance and health for teenagers that awoke later for school, she said.

Rovtar said a later start time is being considered as part of the district’s five-year plan, but it would also affect the other schools’ transportation planning.