NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) accepted the resignation of Gina Hansen, Principal at the Allen W. Roberts School at its Thursday, Jan. 23 meeting. Hansen is set to retire as of June 30. The district is currently looking for her replacement.

This year marks the 40th year in education for Hansen, who spent the past 27 years in the New Providence School District. Superintendent David Miceli explained that Hansen’s long career will be celebrated at a later date. Meanwhile the district’s hiring committee led by Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Scott Hough has been looking for Hansen’s successor. Both Miceli and Hough noted that the applicant pool is very strong with a total of 89 applicants. Hough explained that the committee has already interviewed 11 candidates. The two finalists will also be interviewed by Miceli shortly. Hough emphasized that while there are many qualified candidates for the position of principal, the district is looking for a candidate who will best serve the Allen W. Roberts School community.

The recent appointment of Jonathan Keaney to the position of Assistant Principal to the Middle School has enabled other promotions among the STEM staff. Stephanie Kwiatkowski will assume Keaney’s former role of the STEM Department Head as of Feb. 1 and Kathleen Heather Robinson will take Kwiatkowski’s classroom teaching role starting March 1.

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The board also named Keaney the Middle School Anti-Bullying Specialist.

Furthermore, the board approved the resignation of Vincent Yanni, who has worked as a custodian at the Allen W. Roberts School for 28 years. He will retire as of March 31.

With regard to other news the district’s own internal research body, “Think Tank 2.0.”, met earlier this week with an update of all six of the subcommittees. “It was an outstanding conversation, probably one of the best educational dialogues we’ve had in a very long period of time,” Miceli said. The report of this conversation will be shared with the board at a later date.

The curriculum report will be presented at the board’s next meeting on Feb. 27.