Board of Education News & Notes

Flemington-Raritan Regional School District

Board Meeting Highlights -- 6/13/22

The Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Education held a regular meeting on June 13, 2022. Below is a recap of the meeting:

  • All agenda and addendum motions were approved, with the exception of Curriculum items 1.1 and 1.3 which were tabled: Agenda and Addendum.
  • The Board accepted the resignations of Board members Murty Varanasi, effective June 14, and Pamela Baker, effective June 30.
  • Supervisors Ralph Losanno and Kristen Wolff presented Embracing Opportunities in STEM, linked here.
  • Audio recordings of meetings are available on our web site here.

Board Recognitions: Math Students

The Board of Education recognized Reading-Fleming Intermediate School math students. RFIS proudly announced that the school ranked 26th out of 93 schools competing in this year's New Jersey Math League. The Board of Education commended the participating students for their math achievement and recognized the dedication and work of Reading-Fleming Intermediate School Math Teachers Melissa Baden and Lori Koehler and District Math/Science Supervisor Kristen Wolff. This year’s top scoring 6th-grade students are:

● Thomas Ely
● Caleb Forrester
● Shaun Gold
● Hunter Kawas
● Abhigna Nalluri
● Connor Sutherland
● Diana Ziganshina

Board Recognition: Bob Castellano

The Board of Education and the entire District commended and thanked Bob Castellano, Principal of J.P. Case Middle School for his recent heroic act. In June 2021, Mr. Castellano demonstrated swift and diligent action when he witnessed a public disturbance in Newark, Delaware, while on an outing with his family. Mr. Castellano rushed to the aid of a female in a vehicle who was a victim of an attack. He assisted in thwarting a car-jacking attempt and helped to prevent a potentially life-threatening situation. As a result of his honorable act, Mr. Castellano was awarded a Citation of Merit by Newark officials for upstanding citizenship and courage. The District is so proud of and grateful to Mr. Castellano for his outstanding and exemplary service. Congratulations, Mr. Castellano.

Congratulations, Retirees!

On behalf of the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District and the entire community, the Board of Education commended and thanked our retiring staff members for their many years of service to our district. Through the years, these dedicated professionals have served countless students and families, supported fellow faculty members, collaborated with their colleagues and contributed to our district’s great success. Their experience, knowledge, skills and talents have helped to improve and enhance the education we provide our students. Over the years, they have taught, guided or cared for children with great pride, integrity and sincerity. Their hard work and devotion have helped our students grow, learn and achieve. It is because of their outstanding efforts that our district continues to provide all students with an excellent education and the foundation they need to succeed in the future. We thank these individuals for all that they have given to our district, including their commitment to children, passion for education and a life-long love of learning. As each of them looks toward their new beginning, we wish them much joy, good health and all the very best in the years to come. Please join the Board in congratulating and applauding this year's retirees:

● Linda Benz – Business Office Secretary, Central Office
● Emil Bontempo - Health & Physical Education Teacher, J.P. Case Middle School
● Stacey Cagenello - Grade 5 Math/Science, Reading-Fleming Intermediate School
● Madeline Cocuzza - Administrative Secretary, J.P. Case Middle School
● Darcy Corrado - Accounts Payable/Computer Coordinator, Central Office
● Deborah Diliberto - School Secretary, Barley Sheaf School
● Kathleen Downs - Grade 4 Teacher, Copper Hill School
● Susan Enos - Health & Physical Education Teacher, Barley Sheaf School
● Therese Fielding - Grade 6 Language Arts Teacher, Reading-Fleming Intermediate School
● Eleene Gallagher - Speech-Language Pathologist, Robert Hunter School
● Mary Genovese - Speech-Language Pathologist, Copper Hill School
● Norma Kemp - World Language Teacher, J.P. Case Middle School
● Laurie Ann Moore - Grade 3 Teacher, Copper Hill School
● Kim Parisi - Human Resources Secretary/COVID-19 Coordinator, Central Office
● Mary Elizabeth Rainey - Grade 2 Teacher, Robert Hunter School
● Jane Schnitzer - School Secretary, Francis A. Desmares School
● Lydia Sokoloski - Grade 4 Teacher, Francis A. Desmares School

Policy & Regulation Update

The Board of Education presented the following new regulation for a 2nd reading and adopted it:

  • R 2460.30 - Additional/Compensatory Special Education and Related Services (M)

The Board adopted the following revised policies and regulations:

  • P 3233 - Political Activities
  • P 9320 - Cooperation with Law Enforcement Agencies (M)
  • R 9320 - Cooperation with Law Enforcement Agencies (M)

All Board-approved policies and regulations are available online here.

Next Meeting - June 27, 2022

The Board of Education will hold the next regular meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 7 p.m. To view the 2022 Board Schedule, click here.

Board Members (2022)

Pamela Baker, Valerie Bart (Vice President), Loretta Borowsky, Jeff Cain, Michelle Hurley, Laurie Markowski, Susan Mitcheltree (President), Melanie Rosengarden

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The Flemington-Raritan Regional School District values children. Together, WE:

Foster social, emotional, and academic growth in a safe and nurturing environment.

Respect values and traditions within our families and schools.

Strive to respond to the needs of our diverse and changing community.

Develop the curiosity and creativity of critical thinkers to become collaborative problem solvers who meet the challenges of a globally competitive society.

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