RANDOLPH, NJ On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Randolph Board of Education held a meeting, at which multiple donations were announced, as well as a social media concern being addressed by one of the BOE members.

Board of Education President Joe Faranetta mentioned again, that the interviews for the new BOE member had to be postponed due to an emergency situation with one of the candidates. Currently, there is a limit of 65 days to fill the vacancy, until which it would be turned over to the Morris County Clerk to make a decision. Since there are extenuating circumstances, the 65-day limit will likely be granted an extension. The goal is to conduct interviews at the BOE meeting on February 11.

Faranetta then addressed a concern brought about by members of the Randolph community, regarding a tweet posted by then BOE member and current BOE President Joe Faranetta.

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The tweet was posted on July 4, 2017 and was a retweet of a Macy’s post about Jennifer Lopez signing a new song. Faranetta’s retweet contained the following text, “How about something in English on the day we celebrate the birth of our nation.”

“As a person, I need to always learn from my past, and as a leader, I need to ensure that I help to accomplish what the speakers [at the Unity Rally] suggested,” Faranetta added, “The kids are our future, and we need to be sure that they receive a gift from us—a future with less racism, hate, and more tolerance and a world where they [children] are safe.”

Board of Education member Dr. Robert Soni thanked Mr. Faranetta, saying, “I am glad to see that he [Faranetta] realized that this was inappropriate. And, he [Faranetta] recognizes that today we live in a different world than the one I grew up in. We have to find a way to understand each other, however we communicate and with whatever language we use. I appreciate that we have a significant number of bi-lingual learners in this district and a staff that is committed to educate them so they can be successful in our modern world.”

Greg Dimiceli, Director of School Counseling for Randolph Schools made a presentation, while highlighting programs in the counseling department, in addition to emphasizing the accessibility of various support services including but not limited to post-high school readiness, social emotional learning and stress counseling.

Jeanne Stifelman mentioned some RAMRAC Committee updates, including the donation of an electronic scorer’s table. The value of the donation is estimated to be $5,982 and will include LED graphics, a 60” monitor. Advertisement opportunities will be shared soon. Stifelman also added that Coach Mike Suk will be retiring and January 28 is his last home meet.

Board VP Tammy MacKay also shared the information that guidance counselor Luanne Mizzoni will be retiring after serving Randolph schools for 42 years.

Additionally, Joe Faranetta mentioned that the Fernbrook PTO has donated $4,800 to offset the cost of field trips for the Fernbrook students.