Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Saddle Brook Board of Education president Marilyn Nasello said she expects the board will have selected a finalist for the open superintendent job by early April.
The search for a successor to retiring Saddle Brook superintendent Kathryn Fedina should be finished within a month. The Saddle Brook Board of Education, which concluded its first round of superintendent candidate interview sessions Tuesday night, expects to have finished whittling down its field of more than 30 total applicants for the position by early April, Board President Marilyn Nasello said Monday. The board has been working with Sousa and Stern Educational Consultants, a private firm with expertise in conducting superintendent searches, since late last year when Fedina announced she would retire when her contract expired at the end of this school year. Sousa and Stern, who also conducted the district's previous superintendent …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Saddle Brook Board of Education appointed an interim superintendent Thursday to fill in for superintendent Kathryn Fedina, who is dealing with medical issues.
As a precautionary measure, the Saddle Brook Board of Education Thursday appointed an interim schools chief to temporarily run the district until ailing superintendent Kathryn Fedina can return to work. Starting Monday, Michael Roth, a retired superintendent who has run school districts in Morris, Union and Passaic counties, will handle the district's day-to-day operations for at least the next two weeks, board trustee Robert White said. "No one knows how long Dr. Fedina will be out. She had been in and out of work for the past month and it's unclear when she'll be able to return," White said. "The Board of Education felt it was necessary to bring someone in to take over for her. Especially since this time of year is particularly busy." …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Dr. Kathryn Fedina, the superintendent of the Saddle Brook School District for the past two-and-a-half years, is retiring at the end of the year.
With Saddle Brook superintendent Kathryn Fedina set to retire when her contract expires at the end of this school year, the district is launching a search for her successor. Fedina, who has more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience, was hired to run the district in 2010, after spending five years at the helm of the Henry Hudson Regional School District in Highlands, Monmouth County. In her first two years in the district, Fedina has overseen the installation of whiteboards and interactive projectors in every classroom and the development of the district's professional development academy for teachers. While she was named one of six semifinalists for the National Association of School Superintendents' National …
As a result of class time missed because of Superstorm Sandy, Saddle Brook students will now have class on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday.
Saddle Brook public schools will not close for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. District students, who missed seven days of school following Superstorm Sandy, will make up for that lost time with a half-day on the federal holiday, recognized next year on Monday, Jan. 21. Superintendent Kathryn Fedina said the decision to make up class on a national holiday was made because Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was already scheduled as a professional day for teachers. "So instead of an all-day professional development day, students will come for a single session day and teachers will have a half day professional development day," Fedina explained. The decision to hold class on a federal holiday did not sit well with some parents, including one…
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Saddle Brook administrators and teachers are working with a team of education experts to boost test scores among their lowest performing students.
District adminstrators and teachers are hard at work trying to bridge the achievement gap at Saddle Brook Middle School, which the state classified earlier this year as one of 10 Bergen County Focus Schools in need of improvement. While its overall test scores are in line with schools in socioeconomically similar districts, middle school vice prinicipal and district test coordinator Robert Onorato said the middle school was classified as a Focus School because of the large achievement gap between its highest and lowest performing student subgroups -- Asian students and special education students, respectively. "The irony here is the other schools in our District Factor Group and some of our neighboring communities where our scores have …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Saddle Brook School District's first year requiring its students to wear uniforms has gone off without a hitch, according to administrators.
Saddle Brook School District's transition to a uniform dress code this year for safety and security reasons is eliciting upbeat early reports from district administrators. “Everyone is very, very encouraged and very happy about the way the uniforms have been working out," superintendent Kathryn Fedina said Friday. "I have not heard about one issue. I really have not." The new dress code policy -- approved by an 8-1 board of education vote last November - regulates the type and color of clothing students must wear down to their socks and accessories. Administrators said student compliance with the new clothing restrictions has been excellent. “The first day of school — the middle and the high school — not one kid didn’t show up without a …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Leveling off seen for salaries of superintendents across New Jersey
Friday, September 14, 2012
By Colleen O'Dea, NJ Spotlight School administrators’ salaries in New Jersey rose less than the typical teacher's pay over the past two years, and increases should level off for the foreseeable future as state-mandated caps on superintendents’ earnings kick in. An analysis of the New Jersey Department of Education’s certificated staff databases found that the average school professional whose primary duties are administrative earned $118,172 in 2011-2012, up just $31 over the prior year and a gain of less than 4 percent from 2009-2010. Click here to see an interactive map of administrator salaries for districts across the state Those are salaries for superintendents, principals, business administrators, their assistants, and other …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Across the state, teacher's pay offers a patchwork of possibilities, but tax caps and a sluggish economy are keeping raises tight
Thursday, September 6, 2012
By Colleen O'Dea, NJ Spotlight The average New Jersey public school teacher earned $67,412 last year, an increase of less than 1 percent over the prior year. That small pay hike ($356 on average) reflects continuing poor economic conditions and the relatively tight 2 percent cap on tax increases imposed by the state. Click here for an interactive map with teacher salary information for every school district in the state The average salary for non-administrative professional staff -- including teachers, librarians, counselors, and others -- was up nearly 6 percent over the 2009-10 average of $63,632, according to an analysis of the New Jersey Department of Education’s certificated staff databases. The database lists the base salary, degree…