School Board Approves Retirements, Sports Camps and More | #Education

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — Two long-time employees of the school district will be retiring. Board of Education Business Administrator/Secretary Donna Felezzola will retire at the end of June and Assistant to the Superintendent Thomas Long will retire effective Oct. 1, 2021. Superintendent of Schools Melissa Varley made the announcements during the March 18 Board of Education meeting.

Dr. Varley called them “Central Office Fixtures” and said “I am sad to be losing so much wisdom and experience, but so happy for them and their families.

Felezzola has served as the Business Administrator for 15 years. Dr Varley said, “I compliment her for all the hard work over the years and for keeping the district in compliance and in the black. Donna’s impact on the district is beyond the numbers — she will be remembered for her kindness, humanity and care for everyone. Donna, you will be missed.”

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Dr. Varley said Long “worked for both the Union County Regional District and, after regionalization, for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools for 34 years. He has been an invaluable resource for the district and his understanding of the ins and outs of the Department of Education and how to navigate it are masterful. Anyone with experience with the Department of Education knows how truly impressive that is. Tom will also be missed.” 

Board of Education President Doug Reinstein and board members all expressed their thanks and best wishes for both Felezzola and Long.

Other retirements on the agenda included:

Dianna Corley, who teaches English at Columbia Middle School, effective July 1, and Jacqueline Petryk, a Lunchroom/Playground Teacher’s Aide at William Woodruff School, effective June 30.

At the same meeting, the Board appointed Stephen Hopkins, who is the District Supervisor of Social Studies and World Language, to the position of Director of Special Projects. He will perform those duties in addition to his current responsibilities. 

The Board of Education approved the use of the district’s facilities for various sports camps. The fee charged by the district at these camps will be based on the number of participants enrolled in the program, at $10 per participant.  

Highlander Football Camp will be held from June 21 through June 24, (Rain Date June 25), at the Turf and Track Complex at Governor Livingston High School (GLHS). 

Highlander Softball Camp will be held from June 28 through July 1, (Rain Date of July 2), at the Softball Field at GLHS. 

Highlander Track and Field Camp will be held from July 5 through July 8 (Rain Date July 9), at the Turf and Track Complex at GLHS.

Highlander Volleyball Camp will be held from July 5 through July 9, in the Red Gym at GLHS. 

Grapplers Wrestling Camp will be held from July 12 through July 15, in the Blue Gym at GLHS.

The Lady Highlanders Basketball Camp will be held from July 19 through July 22, in the Blue Gym at GLHS.

Highlander Hoops Boys Basketball Camp will be held from July 26 through July 29, in both the Red and Blue gyms at GLHS. 

Highlander Robotics Camp will be held from Aug. 2 through Aug. 5, in the Tech Education Classroom at GLHS.

Mabuha Lacrosse Camp will be held from Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 (Rain Date Aug. 6), at the Turf and Track Complex at GLHS. 

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