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Randolph Board of Education Bids Farewell to Longtime Business Administrator; New Staff Appointed

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Dr. David Simon (left) of the Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center presents a $14,000 check to Randolph Middle School principal, Dr. Dennis Copeland (right) and vice principal Mike LoRicco (center). The funds were raised at Community Wellness Day and donated by the Randolph Rotary Club and will be used toward the school's Wellness Initiative. Credits: Claire Keller
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RANDOLPH, NJ—Business administrator and board secretary, Michael S. Neves, bid a final farewell to Randolph on Tuesday night June 17 after serving ten years on the board.

Neves, whose resignation was accepted by the board on May 19, will become the new business administrator in Boonton beginning July 1.  Ethan Blynn, former board member, and Claire Keller, another former board member and vice president of the Randolph Education Foundation, spoke during the open public discussion about Neves as he faced his final board meeting.  The two former members, who spoke separately, wished Neves luck in the future. Current board members, President Tammy Mackay and Vice President Al Matos, echoed Blynn and Keller’s sentiment regarding Neves.

“I do want to thank you and I think Boonton is really lucky to have you,” Mackay said.  “I wish you great success and we appreciate everything you have given us.”

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Neves also addressed the public and the board about his time in Randolph. “I am truly honored to have been a part of the Randolph system for the last ten years,” Neves said.  “Randolph has a tremendous future.  I’ll miss it.”

The board appointed Gerald Eckert to be the new business administrator for the town.   With the appointment of Eckert, the board also appointed Matthew Agrati, as the new Randolph High School Vice Principal, Anne Vitale, as the new middle school STEM supervisor and David Acosta as the new network administrator.  In addition to new administrative appointments, the board also appointed ten new teachers for the district.

Prior to the district appointments, the board honored David Imhof, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts and 6 high school students in the music department, for being recognized as one of the best communities in music education nationwide. 

The board then turned to athletic honors for junior tennis player Mitchell Sanders and head tennis coach Don Fritch.  Sanders, who won the Morris County Tournament in singles, was named 1st team all area and player of the Year by the Daily Record. 

The Boys Track and Field team was also honored for their achievements in being the Morris County Champions, Morris County Relay Champions and NJAC Champions.  The boys track team is led by coach Luke Suttile and finished the season with an undefeated record of 7-0. The Girls Track and Field team was then honored for being sectional champions for 6 consecutive years, county relay champions and county champions.

After all honors, Dr. Dennis Copeland, principal of the middle school, announced plans to transition the fitness classroom, used for physical education classes, into a special education classroom.  With the transition of the fitness room, comes a plan to construct an outdoor classroom for all grades to use.  The new construction will be funded by the proceeds from the Community Wellness Day that was held at Randolph Middle School on May 3. More than 400 people participated raising over 14,000 dollars.  The proceeds were given to the board by Dr. David Simon of The Randolph Pain Relief and Wellness Center, also incoming vice president of the Rotary Club of Randolph.

For more information on the district's new staff members,  click here :http://www.rtnj.org/news.cfmstory=143330&school=0

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