Teacher of the Year Awards & Recognition of Dayton Girls Basketball Team, Top the Billing at the June 4 Springfield Board of Education Meeting

The 2017-2018 Girls’ Basketball Team, wearing the jackets presented to them by the Board of Education. Credits: Robert Kopacz
New Jersey Governor’s 2017-2018 Educator of the Year Recipient Camile Paolino (center) with BOE President Scott Silverstein and Walton Principal Dr. Adriana B. Coppola Credits: Robert Kopacz
New Jersey Governor’s 2017-2018 Educator of the Year Recipient Deanna Leonardis (center) with Scott Silverstein and Walton Principal Dr. Adriana B. Coppola Credits: Robert Kopacz
Springfield Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 Anthony Scarpelli (center) with Scott Silverstein and Sandmeier Principal Michael Pilas Credits: Robert Kopacz
Springfield Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 Jessica Ging (center) with Scott Silverstein and David Rennie, Caldwell Principal Credits: Robert Kopacz
Springfield Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 Robert Hildebrand (center) with Scott Silverstein and Gaudineer Principal, Timothy P. Kielty Credits: Robert Kopacz
Springfield Teacher of the Year 2017-2018 Anthony De NIcolo. Credits: Robert Kopacz
Girls Basketball Coach David Rennie speaks at the June 4, 2018 Board of Education Meeting. Credits: Robert Kopacz
The Springfield Board of Education at its June 4, 2018 meeting. Credits: Robert Kopacz

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield Board of Education recognized six teachers, including two who received state-wide awards, at its June 4, 2018 meeting.

The Springfield Girls Basketball Team were also recognized by the Board for their Union County Conference Valley Division Championship. The 2017-2018 team realized the most season wins of an Springfield Girls Basketball team, which started competing in 1972.

The evening started with the teacher awards.

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Superintendent of Schools Michael Davino commenced the proceedings, noting that the honored teachers were feted recently by the Union County Superintendents Round Table, at a breakfast held at Kean University.

Each teacher of the year was selected by his or her peers, parents, administrators and board members as demonstrating “inspiring dedication” as an educator, among other admirable qualities.

The Springfield teachers recognized by the Board of Education were, in order of presentation:

●     Anthony De Nicolo.

●     Robert Hildebrand.

●     Jessica Ging.

●     Anthony Scarpelli.

The Board also recognized two teachers, Deanna Leonardis and Camile Paolino as recipients of the this year’s Governor’s Educator of the Year Award (PDF).

Board of Education President Scott Silverstein extended a warm congratulations to all recipients after the presentation, adding that “You all are a fantastic example of dedication to this district.”

Superintendent Davino next introduced Springfield Girls Basketball Coach and Union County Coach of the Year David Rennie, who introduced the team members one by one introduced the team, as Board President Silverstein presented special jackets from the Board of Education to each of the girls.

“These young ladies have really exemplified what it means to be a team,” noted Coach Rennie in his opening remarks. “They embraced winning and were motivated by it to get better each and every day.”

In other Board business, the board passed a number of measures listed on the agenda unanimously, including:

●     Special salaries, fees, and compensation rates for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

●     The achievement of “quantitative and qualitative criteria” and associated merit bonuses for the superintendent of schools, totalling $26,694.

●     Textbooks and Curricula for the 2018-2019 School Year.

The next Board of Education meeting will take place on June 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jonathan Dayton High School Library. is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

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