Wednesday, April 17, 2013
District-wide art show reveals myriad masterpieces
The halls and all-purpose room of Fair Haven's Knollwood School were blooming with artful color and texture last night. A district-wide art show sprung into full boom on the spring evening. Featured was the artwork of 900 kindergarten through eighth grade students ranging from Chagall-, Van Gogh-, Georgia O'Keefe- and Jackson Pollock-inspired masterpieces in mediums from masks, pastels, print and paint to clay and collage. Sponsored by the Fair Haven PTA, the show was coordinated under the direction of art teachers Roseann LaBrocca and Rob Zupko. Students, teachers and parents all beamed with pride over the creations. Take a look at the photos above for a glimpse into the evening, the artists and the artwork.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Conversation swayed to the possibility of regionalizing in the future
"You don't have to live in Fair Haven, but you do have to act like you live in Fair Haven." That's a salient qualifying factor for the school district's next superintendent, search consultant Rich Morasco, of Leadership Advantage, told a group of about 15 people Thursday night who attended a forum to field ideas and concerns about who should replace the district's superintendent, Kathleen Cronin, when she retires effective June 30. "We should have someone in place by July 1," longtime Board of Education member Claudia Brasch said. Whoever that person is, Morasco added, he or she will be someone who "you will see at the Fair Haven Firemen's Fair, the Harvest Fest," the Acme (now and then), other community gatherings, "and other things that …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Superintendent Kathleen Cronin will retire at the end of the school year. Do you think combining three districts' administrators into one district is a good idea for the future or not? Tell us.
When Fair Haven Schools Superintendent Kathleen Cronin's letter of retirement was accepted by the Board of Education not long ago, there was reluctance and regret that came with the approval vote, but also heartfelt good wishes. The board didn't want to let her go. They didn't want to be faced with replacing the district's top administrator, who had grown quite popular in her tenure in the district since December 2007. With her retirement becoming effective at the end of the school year, on June 30, the hunt is on for a suitable replacement. As is status quo with the Fair Haven schools, when such a major change is in the works, such as an administrator leaving, district officials usually reach out to the community for input. As with the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
It's what's going on with winter concerts this week at the elementary, middle and high schools.
Call it a big musical holiday send-off. There’s a week full of winter concerts in all the Rumson and Fair Haven schools this week just prior to the holiday break next week. In Fair Haven schools: • It all starts tonight in Fair Haven with Knollwood School’s band and orchestra winter concert at 7 p.m. in the gym. • On Dec. 19, Knollwood will hold its jazz band and chorus concert at 7 p.m. in the gym at Knollwood as well. • And, on Dec. 20, grades four and five will have a holiday sing along at Knollwood at 2:15 p.m. In Rumson schools: • Forrestdale will hold its holiday concert in the school’s gym at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. • There will also be a holiday sing-a-long at a time “to be determined” before the 1 p.m. dismissal of grade schools on …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Superintendent Kathi Cronin issues a message about the district's plan in dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy and students' reactions.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The following is a message from Fair Haven Schools Superintendent Kathi Cronin concerning how the district will deal with the dissemination of news and aftermath effects of last week's Connecticut school shooting: The school shooting incident in Connecticut has left us all feeling emotionally raw. Such a violent and senseless act against children leaves me with few words. I wanted to let you know, however, how we will be dealing with this situation on Monday. As a school district, we will not be addressing the shooting incident with our students. Many parents have emailed me to say that they have not shared information with their children and we want to respect that decision. In addition, quite frankly, we as adults do not have an …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Kathleen Cronin has been in the district since 2007
Save for a string of reluctant approvals, not much was said about Fair Haven Schools Superintendent Kathleen Cronin’s pending retirement at last night’s Board of Education meeting. Smiling, grumbling and saying they hated to accept it, each in his or her own way, eight board members (with Katy Badt Frissora absent) approved of Cronin retiring effective June 30, 2013. Cronin, a Middletown resident who was hired as the Fair Haven schools’ top administrator in December of 2007, has nearly 25 years of experience and earned a salary of roughly $150,100, according to state records. When first hired, her salary was $145,000 through the 2009 school year, according to her contract. The salary increased to $150,075 for the 2009-10 school year and …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Susan Alston, Humanities supervisor for Holmdel schools, begins in January 2013
“Let them eat cake!” Fair Haven Board of Education President Mark Mancuso quipped with a chuckle as the board and residents at last night’s meeting followed tradition and had a celebratory cake and coffee “take 10” to welcome newly appointed Viola L. Sickles School Principal Susan Alston. No, Alston is not the same Susan Alston who is the schools psychologist. She is a different person charged with a different job but a coincidentally duplicate first and last name in the district. “Yes, that email situation is going to be tricky,” Superintendent Kathleen Cronin said with a smile. “I don’t know how we’re going to handle that, but we’ll figure something out.” But, this Alston, who is coming to the Fair Haven district from Holmdel, is the …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Fair Haven schools wants parents' input on new principal choice
Tom Famulary may be back in the principal’s office in Fair Haven schools, but he’ll only be at Sickles through the end of 2012, according to the terms of his temporary appointment. And the district wants parents' input on what type of principal they think should permanently head the school. Famulary, the former 11-year Knollwood School principal stepped in after the preceding Sickles principal Marion Carolan resigned and was recently appointed as supervisor of innovative programs, a newly-created $80,000 position. Famulary was appointed by resolution as interim Sickles principal at a per diem rate of $450 from Aug. 13 to Dec. 21, 2012. Famulary had said that he was happy to fill in so that the district would have sufficient time to make a …
Monday, July 30, 2012
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 …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Meetings and events going on in Rumson and Fair Haven.
There will be a Fair Haven Senior Meeting on Tuesday, March 20 in the Youth Center (35 Fisk St) at 1 p.m. For more information about this meeting visit http://fairhavennj.org. The Rumson Zoning Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 20 in the Borough Hall. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. More information can be found by visiting http://rumsonnj.gov. The Rumson Recreation Commission will meet on Wednesday, March 21 in the Borough Hall. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Visit http://rumsonnj.gov for more information. The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School will have their opening night of the musical “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical” on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. …