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'Innovative Programs' Head Hired in FH

Marion Carolan tapped to coordinate anti-bullying programs as well as other initiatives

When school starts in Fair Haven this September, students will see some familiar and new faces in the classroom and around the halls.

One of those new faces will be that of Marion Carolan, the new district-wide “supervisor of innovative programs,” including anti-bullying program administration.

A resolution approving Carolan’s appointment, at an annual salary of $80,000 for the 2012-13 school year, was sanctioned by the Board of Education at its July 26 meeting.

Under the title, Carolan will serve as the anti-bullying coordinator for the entire district. She also will “be responsible for the gifted/talented program (making it bigger), support the staff in innovative instruction and teacher training, and strengthen and improve all special offerings during lunch and recess, such as the Stock Market Club, which is something that starts out strong, but interest dwindles away,” Fair Haven Schools Superintendent Kalthleen Cronin said.

Teachers also were hired as temporary replacements and new hires for the coming year.

Kelly Consentino will be back in the district as a replacement teacher for Kerri Campanella, who will be going on maternity leave, under a contract sanctioned by the Board of Education spanning from Sept. 1, 2012 to April 9, 2013. Consentino will make a pro-rated salary of $49,787 for that period.

Campanella, at the April 25 board meeting, was one of 68 tenured teachers/staff for the 2012-13 year at an annual salary of $51,777.

In addition to Consentino, there were eight other teachers/staff members appointed in new, temporary replacement or part-time district jobs.

Donna Francis was hired as a replacement teacher for Kimberly Kampe effective Sept. 1 through Feb. 18, 2013, at a pro-rated salary of $49,787. Kampe was contracted as a tenured teacher for the year 2012-13 at an annual salary of $55,177.

Genie Iovino was hired as a replacement teacher for Tara Mattison from Sept. 4 to Nov. 20 at a pro-rated salary of $49,787. Mattison was rehired in April along with the other 67 tenured teachers for the 2012-13 school year at a salary of $54,282.

A new health and physical education teacher, Kevin Lydon, was hired for the 2012-13 school year at $54,027 a year.

Two special education teachers were hired for 2012-13: Stephanie Haran, at a salary of $51,392; and Domenica Oliveira, at a salary of $52,187.

The following teachers were hired part-time for the coming school year: Annie McCarthy, health and physical education at $40,327; Maria Caffrey, literacy, at a salary of $9,764; Christyn Glover, at $24,894.

Cronin’s contract was also approved for the next five years, from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2017, at an annual salary of $145,000.

BethJarrion July 30, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I have an innovative idea. How about you stop wasting my tax money on this garbage and begin to hire math and science teachers or just save the money and reduce my school tax bill!!! I am fed up with the waste!!!
Melissa Neczesny July 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Mrs Carolan was hired as principal at Sickles, left after 3yrs to spend time with her family only to be rehired at $80k, which assuming she wants to spend more time with her family, is a part time position??? Time to vote the budget down!!
SarahSandus July 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Voting NO to any more budget propositions. This is absurd!!!
Dentss Dunnagun July 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM
and the legalized theft continues ...try putting a budget roll back on the ballot and see what happens
Lori Andersen July 31, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Really? How stupid do you think we all are? What a shell-game!!! Carolan "leaves" her position to "spend more time with her family" and now is granted a position, excuse me, "pseudo-job" at 80K per year..... Looks like another "favor" job to me. Keep looking the other way and not making any noise and watch your taxes skyrocket!
Fair Haven Parent July 31, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Mrs. Cronin has awarded positions to people in favor just has Mrs. Carolan has. It is taught from the top down. Obviously her child will be in the Gifted & Talented Program. That's just the way she rolls. Waste of money period. I do not disagree such a program should exist but this is just another layer in the administration. Enjoy your $80k at our expense!
Patch Reader August 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I am a product of the RFH school system...when I heard about this today I was in complete shock. I know for a fact that other people (IMPORTANT) people who work for the school systems hours have been cut. Put the money towards peoples salaries who are actually helping students, not some BS position that was added for the hell of it. When I went through the school system in fair haven, there was no "anti-bullying program" students were taught to treat others with respect by teachers in the classroom and at home. The FH Board of Ed should be ashamed of themselves, $80,000 is a lot of money for a position that isnt necessary and part time at that. USE THE MONEY FOR SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, Improve the payment of teachers that are there to help children in the classroom.
FH Mom August 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Fair Haven is long over due for a program that will push the kids that are ready to be pushed and Mrs. Carolan has proven to be a very fine educator and definitely qualified for the position. The cost of this program does seem out of line and it would be a little easier to accept if there were a few less admistrators earning a large chunk of the overall budget. For example, does school districts as small as Fair Haven and Rumson really need 3 Superintendent's, one each for the gammar schools and one for the high school? The state of NJ has 591 school districts, comparable states have much less (Virginia has 132) and each district has at least one, if not more, Superintendent and Ass't Superintendent. Revamping the system in this state would free up a lot more funds for programs that will directly benefit our children.
educator August 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
New Jersey schools are now required to have an anti-bullying specialist (under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act). Adding that responsibility onto already overextended positions (e.g. guidance counselors or heads of special services) makes it less likely that any of the (required) anti-bullying initiatives will be effective.
Arlene Matthews August 03, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Let's storm the next B of E meeting? Who's in?
Melissa Neczesny August 03, 2012 at 02:36 AM
When is it? Im in!
Arlene Matthews August 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Got it...Wednesday Aug 22 730 pm
Jamie Walsack August 04, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Each time I reluctantly hand Dale my check to pay my taxes, I remind myself that we chose to live in Fair Haven, not just because of its charm, but its fabulous schools. It is sad to think that the state has had to mandate that schools have an anti bullying program. It's like when you see a traffic light being put up at an intersection where there never had been one...you think there must have been too many car accidents here. Bullying must be more out of control than most of us realize for the state to have to createthis mandate. I think Mrs. Carolyn has her work cut out for her.
Kathy Watson August 21, 2012 at 05:43 PM
How nice that the school can hire more people to work at our expense. Too bad that those of us in the private sector aren't in the same position to do so. When the next available position for a part time-er in school comes up, please see me to fill the opening. I'd love a part time job for $80,00 plus.
SmallTownAntics September 01, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Wow so GLAD to see a few angry Fair Haven residents posting here. Parents in town just blindly vote for school budget increases every year, yielding to the sobbing administration saying it's 'for our children.' This is the perfect example of absolute waste that is rampant in our schools. Since generally no one even attends the school board meetings, these jobs slide in without question. It's nice to see Fair Haven WAKE up for a few minutes...I'm sure the town will fall asleep again in September, just in time to blind stamp yet another school budget increase to pay for additional crony administrative jobs.
SmallTownAntics September 01, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Jamie, uh no, that's not the case. Take a look at the stats on the NJ Dept of Ed site. NJ has an electronic reporting system for bullying, and in 2006 school year there were just under 3000 incidents of bullying in the ENTIRE state (that's a tiny tad over ONE incident per public school in NJ...yes on average ONE incident per year reported.) The number went DOWN in '09 and '10 and increased in 2011...right when the schools were in full swing with their anti-bullying programs. PLEASE Fair Haven....do some investigating and don't make too many assumptions based on what the school admin says.
SmallTownAntics September 01, 2012 at 12:53 AM
How about if you have a brilliant kid, you as parents spend your own money to "push" him/her higher? There are plenty of opportunities both in school and out for smart kids to read more challenging books, work ahead in math, go to the symphony, play an instrument, learn Chinese online, etc. etc. and that wouldn't cost tax payers $1 more, would it?
SmallTownAntics September 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Oh and don't forget...to cover the Sickles position that she Quit, the board selected retired Principal Mr. Famulary, who's getting retirement pension and bennies....and now adds $450/DAY while he fills in at Sickles for Ms. Carolan. KaChing KaChing! He's the big winner!
Fair Haven Parent September 03, 2012 at 03:30 AM
If this was a mandated position why pay 80K for it? Why not pay half the amount of a teacher's salary since it's only part time (maybe 25k)?? It's certainly no more valuable than a top rated teacher pay!? BTW was this job even posted to all that might be qualified /interested? Who is conducting the job interviews here? When i interview people for a job a red flag would certainly arise for someone who said they left their job to spend more time at home only after a couple of years on the job....is Kathy Cronin guilty of Croninyism? Hmm, seems so...time for some new blood in Fair Haven!
Arlene Matthews September 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM
it is NOT mandated that there be a new hire. In fact the mandate stipulates that every effort should be made to designate these duties to existing staff e.g. Guidance counselors. you can all read the law at the NJEA site.
SmallTownAntics September 03, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Well problem is you and I will be the only ones voting NO. Unfortunately few people in town pay any attention, and they rubber stamp the school budget increase every year 'For our children."
SmallTownAntics September 03, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Dear "educator"...there is not an epidemic of bullying in our schools. NJ has an electronic reporting system, and there is about 1 incident PER YEAR, PER SCHOOL that is reported, and that number was declining until they started the bullying program where they were begging kids to report bullying incidents. then it went up by less than 1/3 incident per school per year. So I ask WHAT bullying problem? No more than one would expect in any school, and probably far less than what is seen in major urban or poor areas. Cure for no disease, and a total waste of our dollars, as usual.
Reader September 09, 2012 at 03:26 PM
We are to blame because the BOE meeting have been empty. Complaining is one thing and doing something, stepping up is another. Here is a link to voice your opinions which hopefully be read at the next BOE. http://sync.in/nACtGxyiRc Sept 19 at 6:00p.m. is the next board meeting it is very early because that is the same night for the RFH back to school night. Looks like the BOE is figuring this will be another 15 min BOE meeting....Will it be?
FH September 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM
No doubt Mrs Cronin will be stepping down soon and passing the baton to Mrs Carolan as the new Superintendent. More control. More power. This new role is just another stepping stone.
smallclownantics September 30, 2012 at 05:04 AM
YOU were there. Do you think people don't know?!
Reader September 30, 2012 at 01:14 PM
for an update on BOE 9/19 meeting and thought of those around town go to http://sync.in/nACtGxyiRc you can add your comments, knowledge as you wish

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