NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Scott Hough, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, provided the semi-annual HIB (Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying) report covering the period of Sep. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016 at the Thursday, Feb. 23 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The board also named Karin Kidd as the Middle School Principal starting July 1, 2017. 

According to Hough, there were 13 HIB investigations district-wide with four affirmed incidents of HIB during the first state mandated reporting period. The breakdown of the investigations and affirmed incidents are as follows:          

  • Five Investigations at the high school, one affirmed incident of HIB.
  • Three Investigations at the middle school, two affirmed incidents of HIB
  • Four Investigations at the Salt Brook School, one affirmed incident of HIB
  • One Investigation at the Allen W. Roberts School, the case was not found to be an act of HIB. 

“These numbers are very consistent with data for reporting period one over the last several years,” Hough said. He explained that the district was able to complete all investigations within the required ten day period. The investigated HIB cases referred to sexual orientation, race and physical appearance. The typical disciplinary actions for those students who commit HIB violations are detention, suspension and counseling.

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The district continues to review its HIB policy and to train its anti-bullying specialists. The district is also trying to prevent HIB incidents through its character education programs.

The board unanimously approved the appointment of Karin Kidd to the position of Principal of the Middle School. Superintendent David Miceli explained that 73 applicant sought the position. The district interviewed nine candidates of which Kidd emerged as the finalist. Kidd comes to New Providence from the Montgomery School District where she began as a teacher, followed by a supervisory position. Last four year she has held the position of assistant principal. In January the current Middle School Principal Jay Richter was named the new Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision. 

In other news the district has received bids for the HS/MS renovation project, roofing project and Salt Brook School boiler replacement. James Testa, School Business Administrator, explained that all bids are within the budget. The district is expecting more bids shortly. The renovation projects are expected to begin as scheduled in the spring.

Additionally Miceli told the board about the anticipated new staff positions for next school year. At this point the district is looking to add at least one STEM/science teacher in the high school and one in the middle school. The elementary schools will also share a new STEM teacher next year.

Miceli also told the board that the district is now being considered to be recognized as one of the 2017 National Schools / Districts of Character. Representatives of Character.org will be visiting all district schools on March 2. They will also attend a focus group lunch. “We are looking forward to that visit,” Miceli said.