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Assistant Super Appointment Creates Domino Effect of Vacancies as School Shuffles Around Staffers

North Dover principal moves to High School North principal spot, among other transitions approved last week

As prepares to move to an assistant superintendent position, a domino effect of a series of occurred, leading to more than a half-dozen promotions and transitions in the .

When students at both the high school and elementary level return to classes in September, they’ll have familiar faces in new positions across several schools in the district.

The first promotion the Toms River Regional School Board agreed to was moving Principal James Hauenstein, who will serve as the newest assistant superintendent for Toms River Regional Schools. He replaces the assistant superintendent spot left vacant after Frank Roselli was named superintendent.

The appointment was made during the school board’s meeting last Tuesday. Later, the school board met in executive session after last Tuesday’s public meeting to discuss the series of transitions. After midnight, the board returned to public session to vote on who would serve where.

The vacancy created by Hauenstein’s move to assistant super would create a ripple effect, leading to six other transition appointments in the district.

Elementary Principal Ed Keller will be principal at High School North.

Supervisor Colleen McGrath will be North Dover Elementary principal.
The High School Supervisor of Special Services, Maryann Pepe, will be the district’s Director of Special Services.

Mike Snyder, who is a physiologist in the district, is moving to Supervisor of Special Services – High School.

Teacher Mallory Kennedy will become the Supervisor of Hooper Avenue Elementary.

Teacher Jason Hughes will become the Supervisor of North Dover Elementary School.

The staffers will assume their new titles and responsibilities for the coming school year.

riverfest July 26, 2011 at 02:50 PM
doesn't anybody teach?
tuna stick July 26, 2011 at 03:11 PM
no money in teaching.
BN July 26, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Top heavy....more fat needs a-trimmin'.
Eileen July 26, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Yes BN. You're absolutely right.
the_cube July 26, 2011 at 07:35 PM
There's a full staff of teachers in the district that are passionate about teaching the children. This article is not about the teachers but those in what would be akin to 'managers' in industry. Teachers do not deal with big decisions that make the district better, etc. The leadership roles in the district are just as important as the teaching roles. This is a good school district -- take a look at the surrounding towns and how terrible their high schools are. You should be thankful for the teachers and those in leadership positions for making it such a good district.
lalamama July 26, 2011 at 08:15 PM
They don't post job openings because they don't have to. It's a great opportunity/incentive for teachers to work up to administration. With 18 schools, there's plenty of amazing teachers who can make the cut and have a great relationship with the students and staff. Thank you cube!
RPtoTR July 26, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Three of my children graduated from TRHS North while Mr. Hauenstein was principal. He is a caring, talented administrator who enhanced the educational experience for all of the students under his care. The school system and the students are fortunate to have such a professional educator.
just wondering July 26, 2011 at 08:37 PM
How many of these new administrators are related to Gus Kakavas? Someone better up date his playbook for him so he knows when he can vote
lalamama July 27, 2011 at 02:34 AM
iamdph, if you have nothing good to say about the district- then why are you so bitter that you don't work here? Likewise, since you don't work in the district, you really don't have any real first hand knowledge that everyone is connected. It's just not the case; esp. not with the changes for the 2011-2012 school year. The current BofE is working very hard to rid itself and the district of their past ways. I don't understand what good it is to cry about it. Not that the BofE has anything to prove to you, but give the new administration a year-at least- before you pass judgement.
frank harrison July 27, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Toms River Hires many of to most of its Subs for jobs. Like many district which makes it an internal position. Its better than hiring someone off the street who can't teach and has paperwork making it look like they can. Raw experience in teaching especially subing is a great way to weed out the people are not ment to teach.
Mary July 27, 2011 at 01:14 PM
My son who will be a freshman at Rutgers in September, is a graduate of TRNHS, Class of 2011. I want to wish Mr. Hauenstein well in his new position. He will be sorely missed at TRNHS. I wish I had the kind and caring staff that my son has had during his life in the school system here in TR.when I was being educated in the 50's and 60's in North Jersey. We are fortunate to have people who care about the kids and a lot of folks just don't see that.
the_cube July 27, 2011 at 03:33 PM
What you fail to realize, iamdph, is that this promotion in particular was not based on people being related to other people. These 6 educators are all passionate about the children and putting them first. These 6 educators have shown a proven record of excellence in their previous roles. Being angry at the old board and taking it out on the new board is like blaming the current president for the past president's problems. Also, saying you're more qualified than "90% of the clowns who get jobs" *is* bitter. You do not even KNOW 100% of the people getting jobs, first of all. You are not qualified to make up a statistic that 90% of them are clowns that you are more intelligent and more qualified than. There's a reason you didn't get the job, and since you seem to not want to sub, perhaps it's a matter of putting some time in. I know it's convenient for you to blame nepotism as an excuse rather than face the music. Second of all, you didn't get hired there, and that is quite an attitude you're taking against the district because of it. I am sorry, but if I met a teacher with that much attitude and volatility, I wouldn't hire him or her either. You're not even part a member of said district, so I don't know how you're calling people blind. That's the pot calling the kettle black, my friend.
iamdph July 27, 2011 at 04:02 PM
First, I never applied, second Iworked for the district and left on my own accord. You are right Mr. Hauenstein (hope I spelled id right) is a good guy and a good educator. He was actually a good teacher and friend while I was a student at North. I am not bitter but I do know a lot of people that the district hires and passes over and it seems to be there are way to many family members and firends being hired, period. You cannot deny this it is a known fact if you are a TR resident. I am not bitter, just upset about my children having to be taught by people I feel are incompetent. I do agree this is the wrong place to post this since these educators seem to be an exception in the district and not promoted on nepotism. But that being said there are still way too many in their position due to nepotism. I had one of these principals as a substitute, he did nothing, just read the paper. Next year he was a teacher and showed movies for about 30 days straight. Fast forward 3 years he is an assistant principal at North. Fast forward 2 years and he is assistant superintendent. All of a sudden he is removed and made principal when questions of nepotism arise in the public. I will not name names, but I am sure you know who I am talking about. This is my evidence to support my claim, I will eagerly await your evidence that nepotism is not rampant in the district.
iamdph July 27, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Actually to be correct they do have something to prove to me. I am a taxpaying voter in Toms River so they are accountable to me for their actions. Changes? There are still a majority left on the board with old ties and conflict of interest issues. There is also the same lawyer who gave the OK to the contracts in the past for Ritacco and and Mr. D Alonzo. Facts are facts, you my friend are sadly mistaqken if you think there is complete change. A step in the right direction, yes, but complete change overnight, no way.
lalamama July 27, 2011 at 09:46 PM
We're trying to turn over a new leaf. These things don't happen over night, but any reader/taxpayer should be in full acknowledgement of the changes happening. This current school board is ridding itself as best they can-keep in mind that nepotism happens everywhere- look at your police departments, for example. Sometimes, nepotism works out for the better--like when a doctor's office doesn't have to advertise their services and runs solely on referrals and word of mouth. Basically the same concept. The district needs-and is getting help to base teacher/staff evaluations and take appropriate actions against horrible teachers- and there are a handful, but not the majority. Also keep in mind, these teachers becoming principals and board members have first hand experience working with crummy teachers with unlikeable reputations with the students, parents and staff. These new administrators now have the upper hand. I just think it's too early to jump to conclusions, change isn't going to happen overnight. If your child has a PROVEN incompetent teacher, you should write to your elected BofE. Chances are, a true 'clown' has a track record.
iamdph July 27, 2011 at 09:56 PM
I agree change will not happen overnight. I am guessing you are a board member? If you are one of the newly elected than you got my vote, I just think our district is in jeopardy of becoming the laughing stock of the state, if it is not already. Not because of academics but because of the "extra curricular" activities the past administration and board have take part in. If you are a board member, what are your thoughts on the Principal I spoke of earlier? Just wondering if he is even too connected for the board to even deal with, and how come he was not put back in his Asst. Superintendent job once one came open? Was he not qualified? If so,. why was he appointed in the first place? I think there is a new attitude with the new board members but 3 are not enough, it will take more time and effort to make serious change.
lalamama July 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Thank you, but I'm not a board member or teacher. All I know is that the current board is under tremendous scrutiny- and I don't believe-as a taxpayer- that the BofE thinks for one second it can get away with the same nonsense. I believe the principal we spoke of is a dedicated educator. In Toms River, administration- for those who want it- is the goal and reward. New teachers strive to not only be great teachers, but go back to school-possibly only at night for as long as it takes to earn a Masters degree in education/administration. The majority of new teachers have been students in the district, did their student teaching here, subbed and most likely took over a few maternity leaves before actually becoming a 'permanent teacher.'. There's many hurdles to jump over. As of to why people are being chosen for positions- rather than sent back down--- in my opinion is because we need fresh meat on the board and in administrative positions. Trust me, if it doesn't work out- there are plenty of avenues the BofE can take. It will absolutely take time, one school year at a time. I really think everyone needs to sit back and watch, nobody knows what's going to happen. I think old faces in new positions might be the way to go, rather than thinking everyone's connected. I know 2 of the new people personally-- and they truly deserve their new jobs.
lalamama July 27, 2011 at 10:18 PM
And I also don't think we're the laughing stock of the state. I think we have a black eye due to Mr.Ritacco and his shenanigans- but not the laughing stock. "It's not about how hard you get hit, what matters is that you get up and keep going."
sue July 27, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Seriously! Cant we all see how things worked in the past? Have you heard about the gym teacher (relative of Ritacco) who was hired at Beachwood Elem a few years ago, only to lose her job after a little while,because she wasn't certified yet. Lets all hope that this is the time things are looked at with a clear/unbias eye and that CHANGE actually happens. Lets be the district that does the best for the kids, to educate ALL the kids, instead of the district"That has all those turf fields!" I'm trying to be possitive!!
walt tupycia July 28, 2011 at 06:20 PM
ritacco was a very caring guy.
walt tupycia July 28, 2011 at 06:22 PM
the turf fields were put up by the township and not the school.
walt tupycia July 28, 2011 at 06:24 PM
does anybody know if gus K was told that he has family working in school system yet.From what i read he is not sure.
Steve July 28, 2011 at 08:25 PM
From what I hear Gus has at least 1 relative in every school/department in the district. How in the world did his wife get his elected to the board? Obviously she thought it would benefit her pocketbook....that backfired didn't it!?
Kevin July 29, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Why do we have a BOE member....GK....who can't vote on the majority of issues? What kind of political game is this guy playing, and why are the 3 new "transparent" BOE members taking him under their wing?
Jerry July 29, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Ok lalamama...you seem to have the inside scoop. Could you shed some light on why the new boe members are allowing both Mr. Kakavas & Mr. Ruether in on their plans? Both are known to have family members (& more) working for the district. What political gain do they see in getting these 2 to side with them?
the_cube July 29, 2011 at 06:43 PM
You all have so much to say about who's hired in the district, yet I didn't see your names on the ballot for the board of education. Where are you on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM? If you want your voice heard, make it heard. Stop complaining about what you /think you know/ on patch.com.
jack jones July 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Kennedy is related to an Asst Sup! Pizza is way too old!

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