WEST CALDWELL, NJ — During a video conference between members of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education (CWCBOE) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Heinegg on Monday, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Dominique Vetrano as principal of Wilson Elementary School at a salary of $131,000, effective from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. 

According to Heinegg, Vetrano previously served as an administrator in Bergen County and is a returning staff member of the Wilson staff.

“I’m excited to be the next Wilson Elementary School principal for the 2020-2021 school year,” said Vetrano, who was known by Dominique Palladino when she last worked at Wilson. “I’m thrilled to return home to the Caldwell district. I would like to thank the board of education, the interview committee and the community for this opportunity. It’s a great pleasure to be here and to be welcomed into the district as the principal of Wilson Elementary School, and I’m eager to meet all of the families and students.”

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Vetrano vowed to work with current principal Scott Kenna, the administrative team and the entire staff at Wilson Elementary School in order to “ensure a smooth transition.

“Please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself,” she said. “I can’t wait to meet all of you, and I hope everyone continues to stay healthy.”

In other news, the board unanimously approved 14 certificated staff members who will now receive tenure, which is granted after four years of service with a district with satisfactory evaluations.

Also approved for re-employment were: 17 certificated staff members who have now completed three years of service to the district; 11 certificated members who have completed two years of service; and 19 certificated staff members who have completed their first year of service.

Two administrators— Jessica Abramovich, Director of Special Education, and Dan Romano, Athletic Director and Supervisor of Secondary Education at James Caldwell High School—have now been granted tenure after four years of service.

Other administrators who will have completed one year of service as of this coming summer and were approved for re-employment were Alyna Jacobs, Director of Elementary Education, and Gary McGeehan, Vice Principal at Grover Cleveland Middle School.

Also approved were Assistant Superintendent Kaitlin Jones, who will complete two years of service on Aug. 29, and Elizabeth Fisher, Vice Principal of James Caldwell High School, who will complete two years on Nov. 5.

During Monday’s meeting, the board also approved routine budget matters under curriculum, finance and buildings, grounds and capital improvements.

The next board of education meeting, which will include a public budget hearing, is scheduled for Monday, May 4.