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Roxbury's Kennedy School Principal to Move, Then Leave

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Kennedy Principal Eric Renfors' during last year's "No-Shave November" Credits: Kennedy School
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ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury Board of Education on Monday accepted the resignation of Kennedy Elementary School Principal Eric Renfors, whose last day with the district will be Dec. 31.

The board cited “personal reasons” as being the cause for Renfors’ departure.

But before he leaves, Renfors will make an inter-district move. In July, he will become the assistant principal of Lincoln-Roosevelt School, a position currently held by Roxanne Medina. She started that job in July 2017, replacing Chris Argenziano who was appointed Lincoln Roosevelt principal that month, according to district records.

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Citing personnel confidentiality restrictions, Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic would not discuss the fate of Medina, but she said Lincoln-Roosevelt School will not have two assistant principals.

Radulic also cited personnel confidentiality in refusing to say much about Renfors’ situation. Renfors, who earns about $122,000, became principal of Kennedy School in 2012, six years after being hired by the district to be an assistant principal. Roxbury Schools Spokesman Ann Rhodes said Renfors' salary will not change.

Radulic did say the veteran educator's transfer and resignation have nothing to do with his role in a controversy involving the treatment of a 6-year-old, special needs student at Kennedy School by a former teacher’s aide. She said it was just an unfortunate coincidence of timing that Renfors’ employment situation was on the board’s meeting agenda just three days after the TAPinto Roxbury story about the incident was published.

In other business, the school board introduced the district’s new budget. The proposed $77.3 million spending plan will require a local school tax increase of 1.99 percent, an amount that equals a tax increase on the average Roxbury home of about $11.76, said Roxbury Schools Business Administrator Patricia Wilson.

The board also agreed to begin a process that, if given final approval, would result in audio recordings being made of its meetings. The audio recording policy was submitted for first reading and passed. It will be up for a second reading and policy approval at a future board meeting.

 

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