NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Board of Education (BOE) unanimously appointed Jonathan Keaney to the newly created position of the Middle School Assistant Principal as of Jan. 1, 2020 at its Thursday, Dec. 12 meeting. The appointment of Keaney was a part of the new administrative structure of the Middle School/High School.

The new structure of the Middle School/High School consists of one principal, two assistant principals – one in charge of each school, as well as director of athletics and director of counseling services. The BOE’s decided to restructure the administration of the two schools, located in the same building, after the current Middle School Principal Karin Kidd announced her resignation after serving only a couple of years in that position. She was hired as of July 1, 2017.

Current High School Lauren Zirpoli will assume the role of principal for both schools as of Jan. 1, 2020. Brian Henry will continue as the Assistant Principal at the High School.

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Superintendent David Miceli explained that the district had a “very competitive applicant pool” with over 130 applicants for the new assistant principal position. Six applicants were interviewed by the hiring committee and the two finalists were interviewed by the superintendent. Keaney emerged as the top candidate for the position.

Keaney has worked in the district for 29 years as a teacher and the Department Head of STEM. He has also served as an instructor for the new teacher orientation program, a role that recently gained him recognition as an Impact Teacher.

Since Keaney is teaching two classes in the high school the district will hire Deborah Feinberg as an Interim Assistant Principal as of Jan. 1, 2020 to facilitate the transition while the district is seeking a teacher to take over Keaney’s classes, Miceli explained.

The district also accepted the resignation of long-time secretary Mary Clements who will be retiring as of March 31, 2020 after working in the district for the past 12 years. Maria Navarro was hired as a secretary for the central office as of Jan. 1, 2020. She will be working with Jay Richter, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision. Additionally, the BOE approved the appointment of Stacey Kinum to executive secretary.

Furthermore, the BOE approved the contract agreement for Superintendent Miceli.