By Leigh Anne Hubbs
Gloucester City News
This month’s Mount Ephraim School Board meeting was the last for President Dominick Cipolone and Board member Michael Gaglianone, who did not seek reelection last month.
They will be replaced by newcomers Catherine Villardo and Deena Noonan.
It was also the last meeting for Interim Superintendent Dr. Diane DeGiacomo, who filled in for former Superintendent Joseph Rafferty after he left the district last summer for a position with the Gloucester City School District.
Dr. DeGiacomo will be missed, but her services are no longer needed as the district has signed a three and one-half year contract with Leslie Koller to act as the permanent Superintendent/Principal.
New Board member Robbin Malinowski began her term this month after replacing long-time member James Pacetti, who had resigned in October due to schedule conflicts with his place of employment.
At November’s meeting Business Administrator Melissa Raywood swore-in Ms. Malinowski, who will serve until January of 2014 – which was the end of Mr. Pacetti’s term.
In other news, more than 100 hopefuls submitted their applications for a second grade teacher position after Carol Masi announced her plan to retire at the end of this month.
The Board of Education (BOE) selected Lauren Eichman as Ms. Masi’s replacement, with a starting salary of $48,111 per year with single benefits.
Raywood recognized the Public Works Department for disposing of the old cafeteria pocket tables, which would have cost $1,300 if the district had hired the new table installer to remove the tables.
Amber Joyce and Tamika Shields have been approved as substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals at a rate of $80 and $60 per day, respectively.
Approximately two dozen Mount Ephraim teachers who are currently working under their former contract attended the meeting wearing red, Mount Ephraim Education Association shirts and holding signs that read “united” and “settle fair.”
Many of the teachers stood up and spoke to the Board during the public forum, voicing their support for their negotiations committee. Others said that they are not asking for more than what other public employees receive.
As of November 30, some 452 students were enrolled at Mary Bray and Kershaw schools.
Also, the district must pay tuition for 175 Mount Ephraim residents who are enrolled at Audubon High School, another 17 who attend a vocational high school, and 12 who attend special education schools – for a grand total of 656 students.
November’s Student of the Month winners were; 1st grade Autumn Buttocovla, 2nd grade Dana Cafarelli, 3rd grade Assunta DiGenni, 4th grade Brady Small, 5th grade Andrew Sayres, 6th grade Angelo Disario, 7th grade Gabrielle Bobo, and 8th grade Matthew Marzalek.
Next month, new members will take an oath of office at the BOE’s reorganization meeting.