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 theaters 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 Schools 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. Its a checkpoint of quality and commitment. When we offer tenure, its 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 dont know what you have here with Alice; you really dont, he said. Shes been invaluable to me since I arrived last summer. Shes 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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