SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At the South Plainfield Board of Education’s (BOE) Oct. 18 meeting, teachers and staff members throughout the district were awarded tenure.

“The South Plainfield Board of Education and the administrative team, along with district colleagues, would like to take the time to acknowledge our faculty and staff members who are receiving tenure this evening,” said Dr. Lishak. “Each of you have shown dedication to the students and the South Plainfield School District. Thank you for all you do.”

During the meeting, the respective building principals were on hand to commend those faculty members who had earned a permanent position with the district, highlighting their success in and out of the classroom.

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The following teachers and staff members received tenure effective the 2017-2018 school year:

South Plainfield High School: Kayla Bryuant—Khanutin, English teacher and DECA advisor; Andrea Garcia, English teacher and cheer coach; Daniel Salvas special education teacher and National Honor Society co-advisor; Dr. Stephen Weiner, math, science, environmental science, and computer science; Cynthia Wong, Special education teacher; Robert ‘Shane’ White, special education and co-op teacher.

South Plainfield Middle School: Scott Gleichenhaus, social studies teacher and football and JV/V girls basketball coach; and Kia Simmons, basic skills instruction.

Grant School: Michael Jakubik, English language arts and social studies; and Rachel Papa, English language arts.

John F. Kennedy School: Sheryl Lapp, nurse; and Corinne Thornton, first/second grade teacher.

John E. Riley School: Melissa Zurawiecki, guidance counselor for Riley and Kennedy schools.

Roosevelt School: Alyson Oller, fourth grade and high school field hockey and softball coach.

“Congratulations to all our tenures tonight,” said BOE member Debbie Boyle. I know that they give 110-percent to this district and we are happy to have them.”

BOE member Sharon Miller said, “Congratulations to all our tenure recipients; you should be proud of your accomplishments. To you all, much success in your very important future in your field of education.”

John Farinella, a BOE member and administrator in Rahway, commented how nice it was to know that each faculty member granted tenure was an asset to the district both in and out of the classroom. “That is why our school district is strong…the impact on the kids is overwhelming and positive and very significant in terms of making our kids competitive beyond the South Plainfield Public School,” said Farinella.

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