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January Highlights

Randolph Learning Community,

I am grateful for how well the new year has started. We have had so much to celebrate over the course of the school year, and I have included a few highlights from January below.

To read or see more positive news, I encourage families and community members to follow our district on Facebook and on Twitter. In addition, our Board of Education meetings are a great opportunity to learn more about other news and developments happening in the district. The input of families and community members are valuable, and public participation in meetings is an opportunity to hear new ideas and perspectives. If you are not able to attend a meeting in person, meetings can be accessed via live stream as well as after our meetings. More information can be found in the Board of Education section on our website. 

As the month of January closes, we look ahead to February. Have a wonderful start to the new month, and as always stay safe and be well. 

Sincerely, 

Jennifer Fano, Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Reorganization

On January 4, the Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting. Business Administrator Gerald Eckert issued a statement on the results of the annual meeting of voters. Mr. Eckert swore in Allison Manfred, Michael Giordano, and Thomas Duffy who were elected by the public to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education through 2024. Mr. Eckert asked for nominations for Board of Education President. Ron Conti was elected Board President. Allison Manfred and Christine Petrat were elected Board Co-Vice Presidents.

Learn more about the recently elected Board of Education members below. Additional Board of Education biographies can be accessed here.

Thomas Duffy

Allison Manfred

Michael Giordano

Board of Education Calendar

Meeting Dates

  • January 18, 2022
  • February 15, 2022
  • March 15, 2022 (Tentative Budget Approval)
  • April 5, 2022
  • April 26, 2022 (Public Budget Hearing)
  • May 12, 2022
  • June 14, 2022
  • July 26, 2022
  • August 23, 2022
  • September 13, 2022
  • September 20, 2022
  • October 18, 2022
  • November 15, 2022
  • December 13, 2022
  • January 3, 2023 (Organization Meeting) ***There will be no executive session. The meeting will open to the public at 5:30 PM. 

Meetings will begin with an Executive Closed Session at 5:30 PM, opening to the public at 6:30 PM (except where noted). The meetings will take place in the Randolph Middle School Cafeteria, 507 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, New Jersey. Masks are required for all attendees. Additional school board business matters may be discussed, and action will be taken.

Education Commitee Calendar

Meeting Dates

  • February 14, 2022
  • March 14, 2022
  • April 4, 2022
  • May 11, 2022 - *Center Grove Gymnasium 
  • June 13, 2022 - *5:30 PM start
  • August 22, 2022 - *5:30 PM start
  • September 19, 2022
  • October 17, 2022
  • November 14, 2022
  • December 6, 2022 - *5:30 PM start

All meetings are open to the public and will take place in the Randolph Middle School Cafeteria, 507 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ and begin at 5:00 PM (*except where noted). Education and curriculum items will be discussed. No action will be taken.

In addition to committee chairs and members, additional committee meeting dates for Finance, Facilities, & Transportation (FFT), Personnel, and Policy can be accessed here.

Athletic & Wellness Center Grand Opening

We were pleased to welcome the entire community to tour the new Athletic & Wellness Center on January 22. It was an amazing celebration filled with food, music, and entertainment. The new Athletic & Wellness Center, in addition to the other projects we have developed together, is much more than just bricks and mortar. The Center will be a new home for our students to explore, create, build, and develop to become the exceptional young leaders we all know that they can and will be. When the community generously pledged their support of the October 2, 2018 referendum, we gained countless exciting additions and projects that will influence the lives of students and their families for generations. These initiatives and enhancements are integral to the continued innovation happening in Randolph, and the legacy that so many individuals have built to continue our district’s history of exemplary teaching and learning.

Newly elected Board of Education President Ron Conti shared some amazing remarks at the opening celebration. “From the initial ideas developed by the community-led focus groups, to the teachers, administrators and architect that optimized the building’s design, and the community that voted to pass the referendum—this building would not be here without the Randolph community. The Athletic & Wellness Center increases educational space, modernizes the weight room, adds an additional indoor multi-purpose gym, provides increased security during events, and public restrooms. We should take a moment and reflect on what the field house was, and what it is now. We should be proud, as a community, of what we built. This was a large group effort, therefore it’s impossible to thank everybody; but I would like to recognize the town council—especially for their help with the water main; the teachers and administrators, whose input and suggestions took the plans from great to excellent; the parents and community that supported this project; and the Board of Education—especially the FFT committee—that asked the right questions, monitored the budget and kept the construction moving forward, even when there were unexpected hurdles.”

In addition to our district leadership team and our Board of Education, Randolph High School students were intricately involved in the celebratory activities which included an acapella performance, live jazz music, cookies provided by the Culinary Arts program with assistance by cookie cutters made by students with 3D printing technology, commemorative shirts and key chains designed by the Pep Club, and personally led tours by RHS students. Members of our Randolph High School media production program were also on hand to capture the action via video.

We are incredibly grateful for the community’s dedication and generosity to the mission of our school district which helped bring this remarkable new building to fruition, and we are so excited for all the ways this new facility will serve our students, families, and community. 

Thank you Randolph!

Athletic & Wellness Center Tour Video

Randolph High School Media Production students Senior Ryan Solotist (Cameraman and Editor) and Senior Matt Blutig (Reporter), were onsite on January 22 to capture the opening of the new Athletic & Wellness Center. The Randolph High School Media Production program is led by teacher Tara Sterling, and is designed for students to learn the basics of all types of video production.

Thank you students and Ms. Sterling for being onsite to capture this important celebration.

Innovative STEM Courses

Randolph Boys & Girls Swimming Returns Strong Against Morris Knolls

After 3 weeks off from competing, Randolph High School Boys and Girls Swimming hosted a meet at County College of Morris against visiting Morris Knolls High School on January 19. The Boys Swim Team defeated Knolls 124-44 after receiving ten 1st place finishes. The Rams were led with outstanding swims by Senior Kieran Lucus in the 200 IM and 100 Breast and Senior Jonathan Saltos in the 50 Free and 100 Back.
 
The Girls Swim Team had one of their best meets of the season. However, they came up short to a very strong Morris Knolls team. Sophomore Camila Pena led the team with a 1st place finish in the 100 Free. Also leading with strong swims were Junior Caroline Kovacs, Junior Christa Kayal, and Freshman Ana Saguillo Leppanen.

Fernbrook Teacher Audra Marsh

RHS Counselor Cheyenne Finocchiaro