NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – At its busy May 23 meeting the Board of Education (BOE) awarded more Certificates of Excellence, introduced new staff members, approved a co-op ice hockey program as well as a resolution in support of safe routes to schools.

Vice-President of the Board William Dibble presented Certificates of Excellence to high school students who have excelled in arts. Additionally, two middle school students who have excelled in music were given Certificates of Excellence.

Superintendent David Miceli introduced a new teacher, Rebecca Madden, and a new secretary, Barbara O’Donnell. Madden has taught math at Chatham High School and will start in New Providence Sep. 1. Miceli also welcomed back Heather Maguire who will continue her teaching career in New Providence starting Sep. 1.

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The board also approved a two year Hockey Cooperative Program between New Providence High School and Governor Livingston High School. The program starts in the fall of 2016. Miceli noted that the hockey program has been discussed since he started in the district 12 years ago.

Additionally, the board approved a resolution supporting the borough’s Safe Routes to School Project. The borough has the responsibility for the submission of grant applications for the project, Board Member Adam Smith explained. The borough is planning to improve pedestrian safety at Hawthorne Drive, Crane Drive, Central Avenue and Willow Street. Once the project is completed the routes especially to Allen W. Roberts and Salt Brook Elementary Schools will become much safer.

In other news, the board approved an agreement between the Borough of New Providence and Maximilian Pelzmann to display two pieces of artwork at the circle of the Allen E. Roberts School. Principal Gina Hansen explained that the artwork consists of “child friendly” sculptures. The artwork will be installed in June.

The next board meeting is scheduled to take place on June 30 at 7:30 pm.