LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Passaic Valley High School has a new athletic trainer, Ryan Berube. His 10-month contract will run from Aug. 15 to June 15 on a full-time yearly basis. It will begin on Jan. 30.

Berube replaces Anthony Olivieri, who took a position outside of the district last month. He grew up in Bergen County and is a Rutherford High School graduate of 2002. He received his bachelor's degree in health science from Lock Haven University, located in Lock Haven, Pa. He previously worked as a full-time athletic trainer at St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale, since 2007.

"I'm honored to be a Hornet now," he said during last week's Board of Education meeting. "I'm looking forward to helping our student athletes, guiding them. I want to help them get back on the field in a safe return to play."

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Superintendent's Report

Passaic Valley High School Superintendent Dr. JoAnn Cardillo honored school board trustees for their service and contributions at the meeting last week.

The recognition comes during the 16th annual School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey. According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, the month of January marks a time to raise public awareness of the role and responsibilities of local boards of education and to thank the community's school board members for their efforts.    

Cardillo held a proclamation and read a resolution to board members.

"I think sometimes we don't say it enough, how important you are to the communities and to this school, and the contribution that you make here, as volunteers for Passaic Valley High School," she said. "I can't say enough about your dedication to the students. Also, the support that you give to me and the staff, and your willingness to listen and be upfront."

Cardillo noted that it is also a time that all residents might acknowledge the contributions made local school board members.

"There are currently 4,800 local school board members, who receive no remuneration for their services, act as advocates for public school students as they were with administrators, teachers and parents for the betterment of public education," she noted.

She added that school boards provide accountability to the public and communicate the needs of the school district to the public and they convey to public administrators the public's expectation for schools.

Cardillo also recognized two newly elected board members, Jaclyn Luker, and Peter D'Angelo, representing the sending districts of Woodland Park and Totowa, respectively, who were presented with the Hornet pins by Raymond Luke Damiano, board president.

Students of the Month

Students of the month in the field of mathematics were recognized and honored during the evening. They are Victoria Povolo (freshman), Fares Altajar (sophomore), Zarifa Akbary (junior), and David Duarte (senior).