In a session of the Northern Highlands Regional High School Board of Education on September 5, the board appointed Suzanne Warzala to fill the vacant Allendale position on the Board of Education until December 31, 2024. Additionally, the board approved a slate of action items impacting the district’s educational direction, including affirming reports on bullying and student suspension, and greenlighting new student clubs for the academic year.
During the workshop meeting, presided over by Board President Christine Ferrarie, the most significant development was the unanimous decision to appoint Suzanne Warzala to the open position representing Allendale. This decision came after a period of interviews, with the board interviewing candidate Melissa Duncan earlier in the evening. Warzala will hold the position through the end of 2024, helping steer the educational policy and initiatives of the district.
Several administrative changes were made regarding staff. Notably, an amendment to a previous resolution concerning staff member Lauren Zucker was passed, adjusting her leave terms due to paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) considerations. Additionally, the board approved an extra assignment for Ananais Cummiskey as a Teacher of Mathematics for the 2023-2024 school year, enhancing the educational resources available to students in the district.
The board adopted a series of new student activity clubs for the 2023-2024 school year to foster various interests and provide inclusive spaces for students to collaborate and learn. These clubs, which will operate on a volunteer/non-financial support basis, include the Informed Citizens Club, Mathematics Club, Table Tennis Club, Animation Club, Women Empowerment Club, ESports Club, and the CIEE Global Navigator Club. Advisors for these clubs, all serving in a volunteer capacity, were confirmed as well, setting a strong foundation for enriched student engagement and learning.
Further in the realm of educational development, the board passed motions to accept and affirm both the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Investigation report and the Monthly Student Suspension report, upholding the district’s commitment to maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment.
In the meeting’s business segment, the board approved several logistical and operational items. Among these were the endorsement of student placement details for the 2023-2024 academic year and the disposal of obsolete equipment, facilitating the smooth day-to-day running of school facilities.
On the community engagement front, Ferrarie reminded the board members of the upcoming annual HASA Parent Welcome Breakfast scheduled for September 15. She encouraged members to attend this event at the Red Barn, which aims to foster a collaborative spirit and open dialogue between parents and the school administration.