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Famulary Back in FH Principal's Office

The recently retired Knollwood School principal is now serving as interim at Sickles. See if you can answer our fun fact quiz questions about him and his parents.

Tom Famulary has been called to the principal’s office … again.

The 11-year retired principal has stepped in as the interim principal at the in Fair Haven this time around, he told Patch after Wednesday’s Fair Haven Board of Education meeting.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Famulary said of his assignment as top administrator at the pre-K through third grade school. “It’s fun to be back with the little guys. And it’s good that I am so familiar with the district. It’s all good; and, it gives the district a good opportunity to do a thorough search for the permanent Sickles School principal.”

The native Fair Havenite, who now lives with his family in Rumson, was principal at Knollwood from 2000 to 2011, when he retired. Before his more-than-a-decade stint at Knollowood, Famulary was a principal in the Manchester district.

Roughly a year after his retirement, he’s headed back to the same office, different school. He will be the interim principal at Sickles from now through December of this year.

Famulary is taking the principal reigns from Marion Carolan, who resigned as Sickles’ principal and has been appointed district .

One of the job’s functions is to coordinate district-wide anti-bullying initiatives, as required by the state.

There are anti-bullying coordinators in both Sickles and Knollwood as well.

Famulary’s rate of pay for the interim spot was not divulged at the meeting. He retired with 24 years' experience in public education at a salary of $136,179 from the Fair Haven Board of Education as the Knollwood principal, according to state records.

Having grown up in Fair Haven, Tom Famulary graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. His parents, John and Millie, were well known in the area. Both passed away in the past few years at 90 and 87, respectively.

Just for fun ...

Millie taught a musical instrument out of their home. Do you know what that was? John was publisher of an area newspaper. Do you know which it was? Hint: It was where this editor first worked as a reporter.

And, Tom has a musical instrument talent. Can you tell us what that is?

Hanson Builders LLC August 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Is Marlon Carolan's position full-time or part-time?
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I believe it is full-time.
Melissa Neczesny August 23, 2012 at 07:49 PM
John....its part time 32hrs a week...no summers
George Murphy August 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Since I see no provision for answers to the trivia questions, I will respond here: Millie: Organist at St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Red Bank for over 60 years. Also, she taught piano from her home on Princeton Ave in Fair Haven. Tommy (nine-years-old and youngest of three children): "Mommy, do you get paid to play the organ?" [circa 1966] Millie: "Oh yes, I do!" Tommy: I think I wanna do that when I grow up" - - - the rest is history. But he only played the piano, not really the organ. (And well, I might add) Enter, John: A wonderful kind and patient man, who was with the Red Bank Register/Daily Register for many years, and I believe at both the Red Bank and Shrewsbury locations.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Yes, yes, and yes, George! Millie taught me piano and I was always sorry I didn't stick with it. Love piano. Yes, Tom was known to be a wonderful pianist, and probably still is. Millie and John were in the St. Anthony's choir with my mom and dad, Sally and Bill. Yes, John worked at the Register, but also worked as publisher at the Courier in Middletown, where I had my first newspaper job. Come to think of it, Millie was the one who suggested I work there and "give reporting a try" since she knew I was a writer. John was my godfather. I don't think he actually remembered. ;)
George Murphy August 24, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Hello Elaine ~ Small world, isin't it? Tom was a music teacher, regular classroom teacher and finally an administrator. He was out west somewhere before returning to his roots with positions in Ocean County and in Tinton Falls, too. Regarding the piano, it's never too late to start lessons. Blessings!
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) August 24, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Yes, George! I remember him being in Tinton Falls. You are so right about piano. Though mine is now completely unusable. But, somehow it won't be the same without Millie swatting my fingers for not practicing enough and saying, "50 lashes for you!" When I posted the picture, I said to myself, "Tom, you look just like your mother in this pic." Very small world. Please feel free to chime in, Tom! ;)
George Murphy August 24, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Elaine and readers, I forgot the most important part: All of my info came from Millie herself over many years. In addition, they were members of one of the most special families in my life's experience. Happy retirement Tom!
SmallTownAntics September 01, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Elaine and John, Notes from the Board meeting say Mr. F's temp position at Sickles is $450 per day. Zow, and that's in addition to his full pension and benefits that taxpayers are paying for his retirement, correct??
Jen Sully September 20, 2012 at 09:12 PM
To be clear - at the Board of Ed mtg last night the members of the board clearly stated that the Supervisor of Administrative services position is full time according to the structure of educators in the state of NJ and many facets of the position are state mandated. Those in the community who continue to post comments should actually attend a Board of Ed meeting where they can be educated from the source.
SmallTownAntics September 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I didn't see anything in the BOE minutes about a "Supervisor of Administrative Services." Or is there another position? Do you mean the Ms. Carolan position? Here are the exact meeting minutes from the original BOE meeting: "Marion Carolan as Supervisor of Innovative Programs (FTE = .8) for the period September 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 at a salary of $80,000." So is that 80% of 1 FTE. The position is not mandated by the state. The BOE has decided that they wanted to add the position. The state did not mandate the hire... the state gives the district freedom to decide how to administer the bullying program, gifted programs, and school clubs. The District made the decision to add the position, and spend the money to add a supervisor layer to their existing program. I don't think any of the mandates related to the position changed much from 2010 to 2012...the BOE weighed their needs and wants and decided to add the position.
Elaine Van Develde (Editor) September 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Yes, you are correct. It is "supervisor of innovative programs" and, no, that position, in itself, is not mandated by the state. The state mandates that there must be someone in the district to be an HIB coordinator and supervisors in each school, but they can be in house, or already on staff.

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