Fifty-five new teachers are coming to Summit Schools, and they received a warm hello to the district at its annual welcome luncheon at Summit High School, NJ.com reported.
The luncheon marks the beginning of the end of the hiring process, which begins in early spring and extends until near the start of the first day of school, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nathan Parker."This past week our new staff were welcomed to the district during a full week of introductory activities led by Dr. Kenneth Shulack, our director of human resources," Parker told Patch. "Our introduction to the district called W.A.T.T. or Welcome Aboard Teacher Training, is led by a number of our administrators and supervisors."
He said the new teachers have a lot to offer to Summit students.
"This cohort of new staff are very talented and selected from a large pool qualified applicants," the superintendent said. "We welcome our new staff to the district and thank all involved in the recruitment, selection and induction process for their care and commitment to selecting excellent staff members."
Some of the new educators will replace 18 teachers, 15 who recently retired and three who left Summit to take administrative jobs in other school districts. The departed teachers, collectively, had served area students for 325 years, according to the Star-Ledger.
The luncheon was attended by teachers and district administrators including Parker, Assistant Superintendent Julie Glazer, Director of Special Education Services Jane-Kachmar-Desonne and Business Administrator Louis Pepe, along with Summit principals and vice principals, teachers, secretaries, support staff and Board of Education President Gloria M. Ron-Fornes and member David Dietz.
Mayor Ellen Dickson, Councilman Thomas Getzendanner, Fire Chief Joseph Houck and Detective Matthew Buntin were also in attendance.
Also new to the district are 12 non-teaching staff members, the article said.
School starts for Hilltopper teachers on Sept. 2; students begin the new year on Sept. 4. The first day off of 2013-14 will be Sept. 5, Rosh Hashanah.