The Freehold Borough Board of Education unanimously approved Michael D’Anna’s appointment as interim assistant principal of (FIS) during the governing body’s meeting at the Park Avenue Complex on Monday, Aug. 29. D’Anna’s term of employment will be from Sept. 1 through June 22 at an annual salary of $85,000.
D’Anna worked in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District for 33 years, teaching and then serving as principal of Cliffwood Elementary School and later Matawan Regional High School. He then spent three years as principal of Pine Brook Elementary School in Manalapan. He retired in 2010.
“I’m looking forward to working with kids again,” D’Anna said.
The board also appointed Park Avenue Elementary School Principal Joseph Jerabek to serve as acting principal of the middle school for the 2011-2012 school year. Jerabek will receive a non-pensionable $25,000 stipend for the additional title. The elementary and middle schools are both housed in the Park Avenue Complex.
The board accepted the resignation of FIS Principal Nelson Ribon during its Aug. 8 meeting. Ribon, who served as the middle school principal for seven years, accepted a position as in Fair Haven.
Superintendent Elizabeth O’Connell said Jerabek has moved into Ribon’s former office to help the transition.
Supervisor of Instruction and Anti-Bullying Coordinator Jennifer Donnelly will occupy Jerabek’s former office, since she will be tasked with disciplinary support for third through fifth grades, O’Connell said. Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Assessment Shauna Schubiger, who will oversee disciplinary support for Kindergarten through second grades, will be stationed in the office next to Donnelly’s.
“Mr. Jerabek has been reaching out to FIS staff and is going above and beyond in making sure both schools are ready,” O’Connell said.