Midland Park School Board Makes Strategic Hires and Advances STEM Program

In a significant meeting of the Midland Park Board of Education in New Jersey, a series of staff appointments for the 2023-2024 academic year were approved. Additionally, a new STEM program was highlighted, showcasing the board’s commitment to future-focused education.

The meeting, held on May 16, 2023, began with Superintendent Dr. Marie Cirasella’s report on the MPHS STEM program, which Principal Nicholas Capuano and Computer Science Teacher Ms. Danielle Vandenberghe presented. The introduction of the STEM program aligns with the district’s mission to provide a comprehensive education aligned with 21st-century knowledge and skills, thereby preparing students for success in college and their future careers.

The board also approved a series of staff appointments and reappointments for the upcoming academic year. This included tenured administrators such as Danielle Bache, Ann Marie Bruder, Nicholas Capuano, and Peter Galasso, who will continue in their respective roles as principals. The board also approved the reappointment of non-tenured administrators including Glenn Stokes and Jason Whelpley, who serve as the high school’s Assistant Principals.

In addition, the board approved the reappointment of Dr. Everett Schlam as School Physician for the 2023-2024 school year, and an extensive list of non-tenured certificated staff and tenured certificated staff. Staff members in the technology, custodial, secretarial, and instructional aides departments were also reappointed for the new academic year.

On top of these reappointments, several new hires were confirmed. Mary Ann Peterfriend was approved as a Special Education leave replacement in the High School, Nicholas Krassy was appointed as a leave replacement, and Troy Bianchi and Elexa Haarmann were approved as new Physical Education/Health Teachers at the High School.

Further in the meeting, the board approved financial resolutions including renewal of the dental plan through Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NJ, an amendment to the SHIP Program Agreement with Bergen County Special Services Board of Education, and an extension of substitute staffing services with ESS Northeast, LLC.

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