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Kat-Lewisboro School District Grants Tenure to 12 Educators

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.”

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