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Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting May 23



Board President, Gretchan Ohlig, presented certificates of congratulations to our music and drama students who received statewide, regional or all-eastern honors this school year. The entire list of students and their teachers, who also were congratulated by the Board, can be read here. Ms. Ohlig commented on the multitude of talent here in the Westfield Public Schools.  She noted that the Westfield Board of Education is very proud of these students, whose hard work and many hours of practice, were recognized throughout the state and region with numerous awards. 



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The Board approved the appointment of Susie Hung, Ed.D. as Principal of Jefferson Elementary School effective July 24, 2017.   She will fill the position held by Jeanette Munoz, who is retiring after more than 14 years as Jefferson’s Principal.  Currently Dr. Hung is the Principal of Walton School in Springfield, NJ, the largest school in that district serving 700 students from pre-K through second grade.  She is returning to Westfield where she taught from 1995 – 2003 at Tamaques Elementary School.  Throughout the interview process, it was clear that Dr. Hung is a true educational leader who is well-versed in the academic disciplines at the elementary level.




  • The Board approved for first reading the following policies:  2424 – Goals for Athletic Participation (Program); 2425 – Physical Education (Program); 5500 – Conduct/Discipline Code of Conduct (Pupils); and 7490 – Pets on School Property (Property).
  • The Board approved the Westfield/Madison Adult School to use classroom space in the Westfield School District for the sole purpose of providing adult educational experiences for the 2017-2018 school year at no fee.


  • The Board affirmed my decision on four HIB incidents.



  • The Board approved two field trips correlated with curriculum.


  • The Board approved for first reading the following curricula:


Algebra I

Seminar in College Mathematics


Practical Arts:


Business Principles & Management

Computer Applications & Web Design

TV Production I




The Board gratefully accepted a gift of $500 from Mr. Richard Cheng’s employer, TIAA, matching his $500 donation (on the 4/25/17 agenda) to Roosevelt Intermediate School to purchase technology.




Board members Robert Garrison and Amy Root announced that they would be attending the meeting of the Garden State Coalition of Schools on May 31.





  • For the fourth consecutive year, a team of student volunteers from Westfield High School was presented with the Students Change Hunger award for collecting and donating food to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.  A total of 3,600 pounds of food was collected, besting their last year’s total of 2,918, making Westfield High School the Division Six winner of the campaign.  In addition, Westfield was named Heavy Weight Runner Up across all divisions.  Recipients of the award from Westfield High School are Aidan Paul, Ben Halevy, Jack Liebling; Cole Feltman, Kevin Tsui, Jacob Davis, Matt Stravach, Patrick Chirichella, Chris Ng, Mark Kostyack, and Eli Burk.  The plaque presented to the students will remain on display at Westfield High School.  
  • Congratulations to Soo Min Chung, senior at Westfield High School, who was named a Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist. She is one of only 723 semifinalists in the nation selected by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.



  • Congratulations to our Union County champions:  Boys Tennis, Lacrosse, Golf and Baseball.  
  • Nicole Castellano, Westfield’s Athletic trainer, was inducted into Kean University’s Athletic Training Education Honor Society in recognition of her accomplishments as a Certified Athletic Trainer providing outstanding service at Kean University as a cooperating teacher.


More than $2,600 in donations was collected at Roosevelt Intermediate School during a Spaghetti Dinner held on April 28.  Approximately 150 guests attended in support of Roosevelt’s chapter of Girls Learn International’s partner charity -- Challenging Heights – an organization in Ghana that is dedicated to ending forced labor and child trafficking.   Roosevelt’s cafeteria was transformed into an Italian café, featuring Roosevelt’s own Jazz Band and the Jazz Ensemble from Westfield High School.  Congratulations to the students and advisors for organizing this worthwhile event.


Reminder:  The deadline for Westfield residents considering a three-year term on the Board of Education is July 31 at 4:00 PM when petitions are due at the County Clerk’s office in Elizabeth. The three members whose terms are expiring on the Westfield Board of Education include Peggy Oster, Mark Friedman and Christopher Langhart.  To consider becoming a Board of Education member for the 2017-2020 term, candidates must file a petition in person in the Office of the County Clerk at 2 Broad St., Room 113, in Elizabeth on or before 4 PM on July 31, 2017.  The actual election will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  Nominating petition forms – which must be completed and submitted to the County Clerk -- are available at the Board of Education office, 302 Elm Street, Westfield and on the Board website.  Questions regarding the election process can be referred to the Union County Election Supervisor, Lisa Hugelmeyer, at 908-527-4996.  Information is available at the County Clerk’s website at  Interested residents are encouraged to contact any member of the Westfield Board of Education or the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Margaret Dolan, for more information about service on the Board.


Westfield Public Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, to observe Memorial Day.  Remember that the town’s parade – in which many of our students will participate – begins at 9:00 AM. 



The next meeting of the Westfield Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, June 13.  It will be the reorganization meeting of the Board.  We also will acknowledge the intermediate and high school teachers/staff of-the-year.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.  A complete agenda will be available on Friday, June 9, on the Board website.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend,


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