The Middletown Board of Education approved seven new additions to the educational staff as well as the appointment of two student service supervisors during their Thursday night meeting.
Stephanie DiBari was hired as a High School North mathematics teacher. DiBari will begin on Sept. 1 with annual salary of $64,875.
Cara Muratore was hired as a mathematics teacher for Thompson Middle School. Muratore will begin her position on Sept. 1 at an annual salary of $52,070.
Michele Foreback, Jessica L. Scherr and Erica M. Segal were hired as elementary school teachers. The grades these teachers will teach have yet to be decided. They will all start on Sept. 1 at an annual salary of $52,070.
Wes Tomasz Ciesla was hired as a TV Production instructor for High School North. Ciesla will begin on Sept. 1 at an annual salary of $52,070.
Nicholas Wright was hired as an English for High School North beginning on Sept. 1 at an annual salary of $52,070.
“The board has reviewed a hundred applications and we found these applicants to be the most qualified,” said Superintendent of Schools William George.
Patricia J. Piserchia was appointed to services supervisor for preschool through 5th grade at an annual salary of $124,339.
Heather A. Mills-Pevonis was appointed as services supervisor for grades 6 through 12 at annual salary of $116,096.
These appointments were met with some opposition from the board with two no’s from board members Leonora Caminiti and Board President Joan Minnuies and multiple abstentions on both of the resolutions. Including abstentions on both appointments by Vice President Christopher Aveta.
About 90 candidates applied for the two positions, Superintendent George said, but these two candidates stuck out because of their past experience and strong recommendation letters.
Piserchia is the former Director of Special Services for the Wall Township Public Schools.
While Mills-Pevonis is a board member of the Community Investment Committee at United Way of Greater Union County and a County Supervisor at New Jersey Department of Education.
"These candidates have very strong and valuable skills and overall these are two outstanding candidates," George said.