WESTFIELD, NJ — The school board has approved the hiring of a new buildings and grounds supervisor.

Sean McArthur will receive an annual salary of $110,000 as the district's supervisor of buildings and grounds beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Following the Board of Education's board’s approval of his appointment last week, McArthur thanked the district and board for their support.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to come into a wonderful school district,” McArthur said. “I take the job very seriously as well to keep those kids safe. There’s a lot of people out there that don’t know what we do, and they count on us to take care of their children, and I take that very seriously.”

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Superintendent Margaret Dolan said maintaining the district’s buildings and grounds is “one of the most important jobs in our district.”

“We have many schools, they’re old, we have a lot of grounds, and it’s important that we keep them up to date and in the best condition they can be for our students,” Dolan said.

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McArthur will replace outgoing supervisor Mike Morris, who is retiring after 25 years in the district. District Business Administrator Dana Sullivan said that the district selected McArthur after conducting an extensive search.

McArthur serves as the educational facilities manager in the Lacey Township Public School District, located in Ocean County.

“Sean has extensive experience in landscaping, facilities management and maintenance,” Sullivan said. “He also is experienced in working in school districts, and he’s currently the facilities director in Lacey Township. He’s a certified educational facility manager, holds a commercial license for pesticides and also a fireman’s boiler black seal license.”

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