New Principal for the Frog Pond School in Little Egg Harbor

Jun 12, 2019

The Little Egg Harbor Board of Education had its quickest meeting in memory on Monday, June 10, just 16 minutes long, but in that time they hired a new principal for the Frog Pond Elementary School. Thomas Denning, the former vice principal for Pinelands Junior High School, is taking the helm from Troy Henderson, who is the new principal of Pinelands Regional High School.

Denning will receive $114,000 annually for his new position.

During the public comment period, Denning rose to thank the board. “I am extremely humbled being selected from the candidates. I’ve spent 12 years in the community and will continue to work with the community. Congratulations to Troy Henderson. I can’t wait to learn the staff and the students; I can’t wait to get started.”

Rachel Harper has been hired as the district intervention and referral services coordinator for 11 months at a salary of $72,663.

Marc Sink was promoted to lead STEAM teacher and media specialist. This is a step 11 position; he receives a salary of $69,639. The board also approved a number of teacher positions; most were hires to replace retiring teachers. Robert Hermes was hired as a full-time special education teacher at the Frog Pond School for $62,939; Michelle Ivancich is a school social worker for $62,614. Ryan Garven was hired to replace retiring physical education and health teacher John Gray; his salary is $59,739. Alanna Lupo is the new first-grade teacher at the George J. Mitchell School and will be paid $61,714. Two special education paraprofessionals were hired: Julianne Fusco and Jennifer Sisco, for $15,616 and 15,362 respectively.

Nicolas Brown was rehired by Pinelands Regional School District as the shared business administrator, and his one-year contract with Little Egg Harbor School District was renewed. Brown will receive a salary of $166,212, with Little Egg paying $133,025 and Pinelands paying $33,187 of the salary. Little Egg will also pay merit bonuses and up to six college credits toward a master’s or doctorate. Brown also receives up to $1,000 for cell phone services and $4,000 for attending professional conferences.

The board of education also agreed to a shared-service agreement with Farmingdale School District for a music teacher. The as-yet-unnamed teacher will teach three days for the Little Egg Harbor district and two days at Farmingdale, in Monmouth County. Little Egg will pay two-thirds of her salary, or approximately $40,000.

The board voted to participate in shared-services agreements with Tuckerton, Bass River and Eagleswood districts.

Little Egg will share its Extended School Year program (20 days from July 1 to Aug. 8) with Bass River, Eagleswood and Tuckerton. Bass River will pay $3,200 in tuition, Eagleswood $3,500 and Tuckerton $18,500, based on the number of students attending.

Tuckerton and Eagleswood will share Little Egg’s physical therapist for $50.19 an hour and a behavioral specialist for $47.11 an hour. Little Egg will share its English as a Second Language teacher with Tuckerton: three hours per week or $5,152 annually, plus a share of the benefits.

The next board of education meeting is July 22, the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are usually held in the Frog Pond School cafetorium.

— Pat Johnson

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