HILLSBOROUGH: School board approves resignations


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By Andrew Martins, Managing Editor
More than 15 years of service in the Hillsborough Township Public School District will come to an end for two teachers next year, after the Board of Education formally accepted their retirement plans on Monday.
Donna Becker, a special education teacher at Hillsborough Middle School, and Christine Kirsche, a family and consumer science teacher at Hillsborough High School, will end their tenures with the district on July 1 and February 1, respectively.
Both educators began their time with the district on Sept. 1, 2001.
“We thank both (Ms. Kirsche and Ms. Becker) for their service to our school district,” Superintendent Dr. Jorden Schiff said.
Along with Ms. Becker and Ms. Kirsche, the school board also accepted the resignations of seven additional district employees.
Kaitlyn Adams, a guidance counselor at Hillsborough High School, submitted her resignation effective January 1. She had been working with the district since September 2012.
Assistant girls’ lacrosse coach at Hillsborough High School named Scott Kallens resigned after four years with the district. His resignation was effective as of Oct. 24. His tenure began on Sept. 1, 2012.
Heather Wells, the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Hillsborough High School, resigned effective Nov. 3. She had been working with the district since last November.
Frank Corr, a long-term substitute instructional assistant at Auten Road Intermediate School resigned from his position after two months. His short tenure began in September, with his resignation effective on Nov. 8.
Michaela Hady, a long-term substitute for English at Hillsborough High School, also ended her short time in that role after just two months.
Ms Hady, however, was appointed as a full-time English teacher at the high school until June, replacing April Kay who resigned earlier this year.
According to officials, Ms. Hady will make a pro-rated annual salary of $55,545, pending the settlement of the Hillsborough Education Association agreement.
Long-term Italian language substitute Agatina Scimone, who worked at Hillsborough Middle School, resigned effective Nov. 14. She had been hired by the district back in September.
Part-time lunch aide Cara Carley, who worked at Hillsborough Elementary School, will officially resign from the district on January 1. She had been with the district since September 2014.
Along with those resignations, the board approved a number of new appointments to the district’s ranks.
Janelle Kelderman was appointed as a part-time special education teacher at Sunnymead Elementary School, starting Dec. 5 and ending on June 30, 2017. The position is new to the district. Her pro-rated salary, pending the HEA agreement, will be at $55,545.
Officials also approved the appointment of two new long-term substitutes.
Christine Guthrie, who will replace Debra Benitez during her leave of absence, will work as a long-term substitute teacher for grade 4 at Woodfern Elementary School. Her contract is effective from Sept. 1 to Dec. 23.
Carol Nemard-McNeil, will replace Kristin Comune during her leave of absence as a long-term substitute for special education at Amsterdam Elementary School. Her contract is effective Nov. 14 until March 17, 2017.
The district also appointed two National History Day Advisors at Auten Road Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.
Nancy Patrick and Patricia Sellar will each receive a $2,595 stipend for their involvement in the new club.
At Hillsborough High School, the district approved new assistant coaches for boys basketball and ice hockey.
Alec Johnson will replace Brett Bisconti, who resigned, as an assistant Boys’ Basketball coach for the season. He will receive a $5,185 salary for the position.
For the high school’s ice hockey team, Chris Mikolajczyk will replace Chris Tommins, who was recently appointed as head coach. He will receive a $4,676 salary for the position.

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