RANDOLPH, NJ- This past Tuesday, the Randolph BOE conducted interviews to fill the vacant seat on the Board of Education, previously held by Christopher Treston.

Anne Standridge made the motion to nominate Dorene Roche, one of the candidates, to fill the seat. The only members of the BOE to say “No” were Dr. Robert Soni and Jeanne Stifelman. Both Soni and Stifelman also confirmed that if Roche was selected, they will both agree to work with the new Board member.

Dorene Roche was selected after a majority of the BOE members voted “Yes”, meaning that Roche will be on the Board, pending a completion of a background check.

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Roche has lived in Randolph since 2002. Both she and her husband James have three kids, two of which graduated from Randolph High School, and one is in eleventh grade at RHS.

Roche attended CCM, earning an International Correspondence Diploma in Fitness & Nutrition. She has a strong background in Early Childhood Development, from education at CCM as well as Morris County Vocational School. Dorene has also served as a dance instructor for over thirty years and has taught different styles of dance to adults, children, and children with special needs.

She also has volunteered in the Randolph Township School District, having been a Class Parent, PTO committee member, and the Chair of the Randolph PEC (Parents of Exceptional Children). On the PEC, Roche supports parents and children that have special needs, which is very important to her.

Following the selection of the new Board member, Randolph Director of Elementary Education Danielle Solvidieri, Director of Secondary Education Jonathan Olsen, and Director of Special Education Walter Curioni made a presentation which detailed the standardized testing results across the Randolph Township School District.

The presentation showed the statistics of Randolph Township students and NJ students as a whole. Advanced Placement course scores were also presented in detail, which could arguably be the most impressive aspect of standardized testing in Randolph Schools. Dating back to 2015, no less than 88% of AP test-takers from each school year scored a 3 or above. Spanning from 2011 to present, there have been 15 National AP Scholars in the Randolph School District.

Tammy McKay followed up that presentation with an update on the Holiday Fun events, hosted by the Community School. Feedback from a focus group meeting will be compiled and reviewed by McKay and the Finance, Facilities, and Transportation Committee.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Randolph Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 district calendar. It is of note that the first day for students will be September 2, 2020, five days before Labor Day. Many districts in Morris County have approved district calendars with the first day of school occurring prior to Labor Day. The last day of school for students will be June 17, 2021 and will be a half-day. The calendar currently has built in four snow days—if additional snow days are needed, days will be subtracted from Spring Break.