ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Residents raised concerns at Wednesday night’s Roselle Park Board of Education meeting about its choice of a new principal for the Robert Gordon School, contending that the governing body did not do a full search.
The board appointed Hipolita Sicignano, who has been a full time ECC Director for the past two years.
"I'm sure she's fine but why not do a full search instead?" said Christie Crawford, a faculty member at the school.
Fire Chief Joseph Signorello questioned her salary increase, which would go from with $80,164 now to $99,300 as principal.
"There are faculty members who have been around for ten or more years whereas this new principle was previously an ESL teacher and was quickly promoted,” said Signorello "I had to work hard to obtain my position and I'd be upset if I weren't made chief after such a long time.”
Commenting on the issue, Superintendent Pedro Garrido said: “There are currently no answers.”
In other business at the meeting, Vice President Harms said he was concerned about the safety of the children due to the condition of telephone poles surrounding certain parts of the field. The field was to be kept closed for inspection.
"Safety is our number one concern for students and tonight we will contact the chief to make sure there is patrol on the complex," said Garrido.
Board member Balabin suggested looking for new alternatives to phone poles, but Harms said it would “be too pricey."
“The tennis courts were done and how much was that?" responded Signorello.
Additionally, parents voiced their concern for easier access to school board meetings for people with physical disabilities, stating that the situation had previously been looked into but nothing was done by the board.
Lucas Dejesus - is a student participating as part of the Journalism Program at Kean University.