SPARTA, NJ – Several key administrative appointments were approved at the Sparta Board of Education meeting on Monday night.  The Director of Special Services position has been vacant for nearly a year.  It took a third round of interviews to find a suitable candidate.

Linda Alvarez previously announced her retirement from the Business Administrator and Board Secretary position.  Assistant Superintendent for Staff and Curriculum Development Dr Melissa Varley resigned to become the Superintendent in Florham Park.

Two of the positions will be filled with familiar faces.  Barbara Decker will return as the Business Administrator.  She was previously the Assistant Business Administrator in Sparta before going to Pequannock where she has been the BA. 

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Dr Daniel Johnson, the current high school principal, will move into curriculum director’s position.  Prior to coming to Sparta High School Johnson was an elementary school principal in Chester at the Bragg School for third to fifth grades.

The new Director of Special Services will be Danielle Hamblin.  Hamblin is currently serving in that position in Randolph.  She has been the director since 2013, according to the Randolph district web site.  Her path to this position has taken her from the classroom as a teacher to an elementary school principal and finally Director of Special Services. 

All three appointments are effective as of July 1.