New Providence BOE Recognizes Hasenkopf; Names Richter Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision

Adam Smith (left) and David Hasenkopf Credits: Marianne Ivers
Alessandro Pizzo Credits: Marianne Ivers
John Richter Credits: Marianne Ivers

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) honored former Board President David Hasenkopf and appointed John Richter to Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision at its Monday, Jan. 30 meeting. 

Hasenkopf served six years on the board, from April 2010 to January 2016. He did not seek re-election. During his last two years he served as Board President. The current Board President Adam Smith thanked Hasenkopf for giving his talent to lead the board. Being a board president is “a hard job,” he said. 

In addition to serving as the board president Hasenkopf served on the Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Committee; Personnel, Management and Communication Committee; and on Finance, Facilities & Safety/Security Committee. During his tenure he also served as a representative on the Union County Educational Services Commission and on the New Jersey School Boards Association. He was also a liaison to the New Providence Education Foundation and Tri-County Boards. 

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Smith read the resolution honoring Hasenkopf and expressing the board’s appreciation for his service.

The board thanked him for “his loyal and untiring dedication to the community,” and for “the excellent example he has thus demonstrated to the present and future members of the Board of Education.”

Hasenkopf said he feels “honored and privileged” for having been a part of the board. “We are surrounded with great people,” he said naming the administration, Dr. Miceli, board members as well as the staff, students and family members. He acknowledged that some meetings were “tough” but it was always an honor to recognize the students. 

Board Member Robert Dinerman added his two cents to the official recognition, saying: “Dave, you were awesome.”

Since the resignation of Sandra Searing last July, the board has been searching for a new Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision.  Ann Marie Inzano was named the Interim Director last August. Superintendent David Miceli noted that 68 applicants sought the position. The Personnel Committee interviewed eight candidates. Richter emerged as the top candidate. He will take the position on July 1 with a salary of $144,000. 

Richter has worked in the district for the past six years. He started as an assistant principal at the Salt Brook School. After two years he became an assistant principal of the high school. The past two years he has worked as the Middle School Principal. Previously he had worked at the Morristown school system.

Additionally, the board formally appointed Alessandro Pizzo to join the high school teaching staff retroactive to Jan. 16. Pizzo is teaching science. 

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