Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Director of Human Resources and Community Engagement to serve as contact person between school administration, faculty, students and parents, according to superintendent.
The idea of creating a director of Human Resources and Community Engagement for the Morris School District was already in the hopper even before the controversial decision to reassign former Morristown High School Principal Linda Murphy, a year before she already was set to retire, district officials said Wednesday. "We've been talking about this position for months," Superintendent Thomas Ficarra said, as Murphy sat by his side. "There is an achievement gap, and one of the ways we felt we could help close that achievement gap was to increase parental involvement. Linda started that [at Morristown High School]. ... There also was a gap in our connection as an institution." To close the gap, between administration, faculty, students and …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Ethel Minchello previously served as Frelinghuysen Middle School's principal from 2003-2011.
It wasn't much of a retirement for Ethel Minchello. Only six months had passed following her tenure as principal of Frelinghuysen Middle School when she began an interim project with the Mount Arlington School. Then, just last month, Morris School District Superintendent Thomas Ficarra gave her a call and asked if she would be available as an interim principal at Morristown High School. But, that's OK for the 61-year-old Kinnelon resident, who has been in education for 40 years. "I knew I wasn't ready to give up education," she said. That call from the superintendent came only days before the Board of Education meeting in June that saw hundreds turn out in support of Linda Murphy, who was set to be reassigned as principal of the Lafayette …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
BOE president says participation in program 'not related' to Linda Murphy's reassignment.
The Morris School District is among 14 districts throughout the state selected by the Department of Education to participate in the first year of a principal evaluation pilot program, to begin this fall. Ten other districts also were selected to participate in a teacher evaluation pilot program, to begin in the 2013-14 school year. They will receive a total of $1 million for their participation while the principal evaluation pilot program participants are slated to receive a total of $400,000 for participating, pending final review. Educators in these districts will work collaboratively with the Department of Education "to develop new educator evaluation systems for rollout across the state to help teachers and principals continuously …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
20th Annual George Gramby Day set for noon to 7 p.m. July 14.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The George Gramby Observance Committee will celebrate the 20th-annual "George Gramby Day" on Saturday, July 14 form noon to 7 p.m. at the Abbett Avenue Playground. Among this year's honorees are Linda Murphy, the former principal at Morristown High School whose pending reassignment as principal of Lafeyette Learning Center prompted hundreds to turn out for a recent Board of Education meeting. The press release is below. On Saturday, July 14, 2012 The George Gramby Observance Committee will host the 20th Annual George Gramby Day at Abbett Ave. Playground starting at noon and ending at 7PM. The event is a community celebration, honoring individuals that embody the characteristics of the late George Gramby who was a substance abuse counselor…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Most waited until near midnight Monday to speak at Board of Education meeting.
They waited, and waited. Finally, after 11 p.m., audience members attending Monday's Board of Education meeting got the opportunity to speak about Linda Murphy, the former principal of Morristown High School. Comments continued past midnight.
No one knows, and those who do know aren't saying, why the Morristown High School principal has been moved after seven years.
It was a long meeting. Filled with emotion, some of it anger, a lot of it sadness, from several hundred people. Amidst the waiting throngs, and even after Linda Murphy had returned from an hours-long closed session between herself, her attorneys and the Morris School District, many still wanted to know one thing: why? Why was Murphy supposed to be reassigned as principal of the Lafayette Learning Center pre-school after serving at Morristown High School's principal for seven years? Why did they decide on giving her the title of "Director of Human Resources and Community Engagement" instead, one year before she said she plans to retire? Did the school district handle the situation as best it could? Could they have done better or would …