This month, we are proud to announce the three newly elected members of our Board of Education.  Since elections were moved to the fall a few years ago, new and incumbent members are sworn in during the month of January, at which time the school district holds its annual re-organization meeting. 

This year, we congratulate two incumbent members of our current BOE on their re-election: Karen Scott and Jack Surdoval.  Additionally, we welcome Linda Curcio back to the Board of Education.  Mrs. Curcio served our community on the board in prior years, and she returns for another term.  At the re-organization meeting, Karen Scott was named President of the Board of Education, and Kelly McEvoy was named Vice-President.

We are also proud to announce the Sparta School District Governor’s Educator of the Year and Educational Support Staff of the Year award recipients.  The Governor’s Educator/Educational Support Staff of the Year program was developed to acknowledge school staff who exhibit outstanding performance and dedication to the students whom they serve.  Recipients are nominated by their colleagues, students, and parents, and winners are determined using a building based committee process.  This year’s winners are:

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Sparta High School: Educator - Lara Lovett   Educational Support Staff - Sandy Chiapinni

Sparta Middle School: Educator - Margaret Trumm

Helen Morgan School: Judy Zoeller

Mohawk Avenue School: Educator - Stephanie Deplore

Alpine School:  Educator - Kaitlyn Bird     Educational Support Staff - Christine Aloisio

As aforementioned, the goal of this school column’s publication, similar to our district website, is to provide our students, parents, and community members with accurate and timely information about the Sparta School District.  As always, we welcome parent and community input and encourage any of our school stakeholders with questions or concerns to contact the appropriate district staff – district contact information can be found at our district website @ We truly hope that this school news column is an enjoyable and informative read for our Sparta residents.