NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The New Providence Board of Education (BOE) had a busy spring filling open positions mostly due to retirements. Multiple new employee contracts were approved at Thursday's meeting, and some newly appointed teachers, coaches and other employees introduced themselves at the meeting.

Eric Yates was appointed assistant principal for the Allen W. Roberts Elementary School. LeAnn Tavtigian was appointed high school social studies and economics teacher and Ilze Kancans was appointed high school chemistry teacher. Stephen Voelker is filling the position of a band teacher and John Scholz as a head coach for wrestling. Jorden Nolan will start as an athletic trainer in the high school and Robert Zoppi, Jr. was named IT support specialist. In addition multiple other teachers, support staff as well as summer employees were approved at the meeting.

According to Superintendent David Miceli, only one secretarial position as well as a part-time technology specialist position remain open.

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The board accepted resignations due to retirement of the following four teachers: Stephen Sandler, Gerald Polci, William Vivona and Ellen Thomas.

Miceli also thanked Deborah Feinberg, the Interim Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, for her services during the school year as her term comes to an end.

The board decided to continue the district’s independent lunch program for the 2015-16 school year. This marks the second year the district has withdrawn its participation in the National School Lunch Program. The board approved a food service contract with Pomptonian Food Service.

Furthermore Miceli explained the status of the district’s strategic planning process. According to him the district held nine evening sessions and received “a lot of great input from the community”. He suggested that the board appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to work with the administrative team to go through the community suggestions.

Board President David Hasenkopf, Bernadette Cuccaro and William Dibble volunteered to serve on the committee, which will begin to meet in early July. The strategic plan is expected to be in place come September.

The next full board meeting will take place on July 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the High School Media Center