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Incoming Lake Parsippany Principal Gets New Start Date

Also, a little under $5,000 worth of mini-grants were approved for several teachers' projects in the district.

Parsippany-Troy Hills School Board approved several items on Tuesday including teachers resignation and a new start date for Lake Parsippany Principal Lucille Dempsey.

Dempsey will officially become a Lake Parsippany Penguin Jan. 20 instead of the original date of Jan. 15. She replaces Interim Principal Nancy Maglione.

Dempsey was recommended by Superintendent John Fitzsimons and was approved by the board for the position at the Nov. 14 meeting with a prorated salary of $101,000 with benefits.

She is the assistant principal of Bedwell Elementary School and resigns from that school effective Friday, Jan. 17, according to NewJerseyHills.com

Central MS Reading and Writing Teacher Regan Michaels’ resignation is effective Feb. 17 or “sooner if a suitable replacement can be employed,” according to the agenda.

The board also approved retirement resignations for two teachers, both effective July 1.

  • Second Grade Teacher Kathleen Larger from Troy Hills
  • Second Grade Teacher Sally Deak from Rockaway Meadow

Other approved agenda items included accepted district gifts and mini-grants.

Pauline Stewart donated a Tenor Saxophone to Intervale School and the Imhoff Company of Dover donated a spotlight for the wrestling team to be used in the main gym as well as a rug for a classroom at Parsippany Hills HS.

A panel of three teachers read and evaluate mini-grant proposals submitted in the fall and nine proposals were chosen to receive mini-grants for the 2013-14 school year. The resolution passed for the mini-grants included a thank you from the board and district to the three anonymous teachers for their work on the panel.

  • James Caulfield, Northvail teacher, was awarded a $590 mini-grant for ‘Delighting in Our Differences—a Musical Production’
  • Lorraine Esposito, Northvail teacher, was awarded a $536 mini-grant for ‘Reading and Writing, It’s a Family Affair’
  • Jennifer Kralik, Brooklawn MS teacher, was awarded a $464.31 mini-grant for ‘Increasing French Proficiency through Gestures, Music & Drama!’
  • Melanie Rodzen, Eastlake teacher, was awarded a $550 mini-grant for ‘For the Love of Books’
  • Michael Iapicca and Kyle Risch, PHHS teachers, were awarded a $507.44 mini-grant for ‘Chamber Ensemble Start Up’
  • Tracy Carroll and Victoria Mastrangelo, Eastlake teachers, were awarded a $537.73 mini-grant for ‘Games Galore!’
  • Karen Brzezinski, PHHS teacher, was awarded a $529 mini-grant for ‘Retro Physical Education’
  • Lucia Contuzzi and Michele Mizerek, Eastlake teachers, were awarded a $550 mini-grant for ‘Immigration Experience—Back in Time’
  • Sarah Hare-Lidman, Central MS teacher, was awarded a $550 mini-grant for ‘Nonfiction Booktalk Bonanza’
In total, the mini-grants add up to $4,814,48.
steve revette January 09, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Was there a specific reason for a teacher leaving right smack in the middle of a school year?
Mike January 09, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Denis Mulroony was the principal there until the end of July when the interim from PHHS was sent to PHS. The interim decided to leave so instead of another interim going to PHS, they promoted the great Dr. M. to his old alma mater.

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