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Forty members of the Montville Township Public Schools’ faculty, administration and staff were honored in a virtual announcement on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Together the educators, who were recognized for their Years of Service, have dedicated a combined 770 years as representatives of the district’s motto to: “Educate. Inspire. Empower.”
Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar made the announcement virtually at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. The district's first day for all staff was held in all seven of the district's educational buildings, as well as the Montville Township Board of Education offices.
Rather than gather in the Montville Township High School auditorium, all faculty and staff reported to their classrooms or offices in the district buildings where they work on a regular basis. From there they met virtually through a district-wide Zoom.
“You are truly what makes a difference for all of the schools in Montville,” Rovtar said. “The work that you do is wonderful. And the length of time – your careers – that you have committed to our students is fantastic. We are so grateful to all of you.”
The faculty and staff recognized for Years of Service include: 35 Years of Service: Leonard Saunders, Valley View. 30 Years of Service: Shari Arzi, Hilldale; Kevin Haugh, Cedar Hill. 25 Years of Service: Michele Dasti, Lazar; Anne Fisher, Cedar Hill; Lauren Monaghan, Cedar Hill; Candace Santiago, Woodmont. 20 years of Service: Jeffrey Bonicioli, ITS; Gabriella Caprio, Valley View; Anna Marie Cecire, Lazar; Dara Conte, Valley View; Patrick Debonta, MTHS; Jeffrey Dekoyer, William Mason, Giuseppe DiMarco, ITS; Charles Fischer, MTHS; Karen Jasterzbski, Lazar; Jennifer Kilanowski, MTHS; Amy Kovach, Valley View; Tammy Minsky, Hilldale; Pattiann Olivieri, Woodmont; Courtney Przestrzelski, Hilldale; Joanne Utkewicz, Woodmont; Marc Weber, ITS. 15 Years of Service: Michele Belotti, Lazar; Jennifer Blanchard, Valley View; Marisa Castronova, Lazar; Heidi Dawson, MTHS; Laura Fuhrmann, MTHS; Nikki Golini, Valley View; Jennifer Keneally, MTHS; Patricia Kennedy, Valley View; Deborah Marnien, Lazar; Susan McKenzie-Petsch, Hilldale; Michael Morris, Lazar; Joseph Paladino, Facilities; Heather Praml, Cedar Hill; Nicole Rudge, Lazar; Kendra Schraufnagl, Valley View; Gail Serwick, William Mason; Michele Silva, Lazar.
Following the recognition, faculty and staff participated in two days of training, including an extensive, hands-on, presentation given by the district’s Information Technology Services (ITS) department. The program focused on the district’s new and updated educational technology, innovations and procedures.
Students throughout the Montville Township Public Schools district will begin classes on Tuesday, September 8.
Approximately one-third of the district’s 3,432 pre-kindergarten to grade twelve students will attend the 2020-2021 academic year remotely. Students in pre-k to grade five, who have opted to attend in-person, will attend half days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day across the district.
All students in grades six through twelve will begin the school year remotely on September 8. Students in grade six through twelve, who have opted to attend classes in-person, will begin on Monday September 21. Students will follow a half-day, AA/BB, schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be virtual across the district.