MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School Principal Douglas Sanford updated the board of education at their June 2 meeting, held via Zoom, regarding the June 23 graduation plans – a situation which changes almost daily, according to the governor’s announcements.

The governor announced that in-person graduations can be held starting July 6, but only 25 people can attend any outdoor function, which would greatly curtail a full-fledged ceremony.

Sanford said that concrete planning has been started with the Montville Twp. Police Department for a drive-thru graduation ceremony, because moving 320 vehicles (the graduating class size) through town is a “challenging endeavor.” He said the class officers put together a survey to ask about a drive-in or drive-thru ceremony.  On June 5, he announced that the seniors would have an all-day drive-thru graduation ceremony in waves, with details to follow on Monday. It was unclear if any plans for a follow-up in-person ceremony was still being considered.

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Seniors submitted photos and short videos towards a video compilation of the students, which includes them wearing their gowns and throwing their caps into the air. This will be shown at 7 p.m. on the 23rd, he announced June 5.

It was announced that Christine Sun is the MTHS valedictorian for the 2019-2020 school year, and Kiara Moon is the salutatorian.

The following staff members and faculty members were honored for their retirement between May 2, 2019 and June 2, 2020:

Lazar: Kathy Zajac

High School: Nanette Delgrosso, Sarah Lawler, Barbara McEnerney-Fahey, Erma Pietrucha, Joanne Zoppo, Wendy Zwoboda

Valley View School: Cecilia Delgado

Special Services: Donna Hall, Janet Young

BOE Central Office: Patti Drobish

Member Michael O’Brien announced that there will be no Montville Hall of Fame induction in November 2020. Instead, it will be held in 2021.

The board voted to place a plaque in the high school honoring the ’20 sports teams who could not play in the spring season with the names of the players.

Business administrator Katine Slunt said that improvements funded by the referendum will take place over the summer: renovations to the bathrooms in the 100 wing behind the auxiliary gym in the high school, and renovations to the locker rooms at Lazar and the high school.

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