Harrington Park School Board Appoints Sean Conlon as Superintendent, Addresses Staffing Changes

The Harrington Park School Board’s recent meeting, held on May 18, 2023, was marked by key administrative decisions, the approval of significant staffing changes, and critical financial actions planned for the 2023-24 academic year.

In a significant move, the board resolved to approve the appointment of Sean Conlon as the new Superintendent, with a contract of $160,000 annually from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2026. This appointment came amidst recognition of the ongoing Superintendent search process and current administration’s efforts. Acting Superintendent Jessica Nitzberg, who will be transitioning to the role of Principal, expressed gratitude for the dedication of the staff.

Among other critical personnel changes, the board confirmed the reappointment of several tenured staff for the 2023-24 academic year, including confidential administrative assistants, financial clerk, substitute teachers, instructional aides, and nurses. Staff reappointments extended from Margaret McClean as the Confidential Administrative Assistant to the new Superintendent, to Darren Aquino as the part-time Night Supervisor of House & Grounds.

Notably, teacher Nancy Fredette’s retirement was accepted, effective June 30, 2023, and instructional aide Kaitlyn Wilson’s resignation was acknowledged, as of May 19, 2023. Several leave approvals were also sanctioned, including Family Medical Leave of Absence and maternity/childrearing leave for multiple employees.

In financial terms, the board authorized a total expenditure of $276,804.86 and a payroll of $382,183.29 for May 2023. They further approved the 2023-24 tax payment schedule for the Borough of Harrington Park. The cost for out-of-district students to attend Harrington Park School for the 2023-24 school year was confirmed, with tuition rates varying based on the grade level.

One noteworthy point was the decision to hire Realtime Information Technology for the 2023-24 school year, for a total cost of $17,698.01. Realtime will provide various services, including the Realtime Student Information System. The board also endorsed several special education tuition contracts and approved a $12,000 donation from the HSA for school locker room renovations.

The meeting had a distinct community-oriented tone. President Peter Toomin opened the session by welcoming attendees and appreciating the community’s involvement. Public commentary was welcomed, which saw community member Julie Gleeson raising a query about the publicity of the Blood Drive, showing her family’s interest in future participation. As well, the board approved several community requests, including a clothing drive, the use of school grounds on Memorial Day, and a graduation BBQ by the local police department.

Mr. Toomin expressed gratitude to board members, community, and school administration. Mr. Conlon, eager to assume his role as Superintendent, reciprocated these sentiments. The meeting concluded without any major disputes or disagreements, suggesting a sense of unity and collective decision-making in the Harrington Park School Board’s work, as they prepare for the 2023-24 academic year.

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