The Mahwah Board of Education, at a recent meeting held on July 12, 2023, announced three unexpected retirements of long-serving staff members. The retirements of special education teacher Ms. Stacy Barron, paraprofessional Ms. Mary Fisher, and maintenance team member Mr. John Collins, were highlighted during the session, marking a significant shift in the board’s staff structure.
“The decision to retire certainly was not easy for Stacy,” said Dr. Fair, presumably referring to Stacy Barron’s two decades of dedicated service to Joyce Kilmer School, where she initially began her career as a paraprofessional before transitioning into a special education teacher role. “She looks forward to spending time with her family in the years to come and she wanted me to thank the board for all of their support throughout her career,” he continued, underlining Barron’s contribution to the special education department and her unwavering commitment to helping students achieve their Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.
Ms. Mary Fisher, a Mahwah resident who served as a paraprofessional at Lenape Meadows for 11 years, was recognized for her dedicated and flexible approach to her role. Fisher, known as a “team player,” provided much-needed support to students and offered a helping hand whenever the building required, becoming a valuable member of the school community. Her departure is expected to leave a significant void within the paraprofessional team.
The maintenance team is also set to lose a stalwart, Mr. John Collins, who has served the district for 25 years. As a core member of the maintenance team, Collins helped with a broad range of tasks, from fixing furniture to assisting with the school’s HVAC systems. In retirement, he looks forward to relaxing and spending time with his family, Dr. Fair reported.
The board unanimously approved the retirements and conveyed their best wishes to the departing staff.