CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – The Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education approved tenure for 12 staff members, including nine teachers, in a ceremony held this week at the John Jay Middle School Theater.
After a reception in the theater’s lobby, the school board oversaw a program that featured speeches extolling the accomplishments and qualifications of the tenure recipients, as well as a musical interlude provided by John Jay High School’s a cappella singing groups, The Rolling Tones and The Notables.
“This is an important ceremony for us,” Schools Superintendent Paul Kreutzer told the audience. “Tenure is not a rite of passage. It’s a checkpoint of quality and commitment. When we offer tenure, it’s a significant commitment. We are asking them to stay with us for the rest of their careers.”
The 2012 tenure recipients are:
- Allison Emig, special education teacher, Increase Miller Elementary
- Linda Kirshenbaum, music teacher, Lewisboro Elementary
- Melissa Palombini, speech teacher, Katonah Elementary
- Wendy Anderson, social studies teacher, John Jay Middle School
- Laura Woelfel, home and careers teacher, John Jay Middle School
- Timothy Cairl, social studies teacher, John Jay High School
- Erin Harrison, school counseling, John Jay High School
- Michelle Mancinelli, special education teacher, John Jay High School
- Jane Nixon-Willis, English teacher, John Jay High School
- Lee Lew, school business administrator
- Christian McCarthy, director of health, physical education, athletics and wellness
- Alice Cronin, assistant superintendent for instruction.
Kreutzer had special praise for Cronin, who also served the district as a teacher and a principal before becoming an assistant superintendent.
“You don’t know what you have here with Alice; you really don’t,” he said. “She’s been invaluable to me since I arrived last summer. She’s been unflappable.”
Board President Mark Lipton also gave kudos to the newly tenured faculty members.
“Our students are ending another successful year and I want to thank the teachers,” he said. “By granting you tenure we are also renewing our confidence in our staff.”