By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
MARGATE – The Board of Education Wednesday, Sept. 14 elected a new vice president to replace Tracy Santoro, who died unexpectedly in early July.
Longtime board member Joel Frankel recieved the sole nomination to replace Santoro and he was elected unanimously.
The board also hired a bus driver and a supervisor for the Lucky Kids program and made several other appointments to the teaching support staff. It also agreed to allow music teacher Debbie Roland to direct this year’s musical performance, with practices starting in October and performances held Jan. 12-13, 2023. Roland said she will determine which musical would be best for the talent among students at the Eugene A. Tighe Middle School.
Superintendent Audrey Becker recapped the start of the school year without pandemic restrictions and provided the board with an update on the progress of capital improvement projects funded through a $6 million bond approved by the Margate Board of Commissioners and $400,000 state grant.
“We are looking forward to have more parent and community involvement in the schools now that it’s safer to do so,” she said.
A major portion of the funds is being used for roofing at the Tighe School, which Becker said would be completed by November. A new roof will also be installed at the William H. Ross Elementary School. Other projects include new playground surface at the Ross School, carpeting, seating and curtains at the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center, and the continuation of HVAC improvements where needed.
In other business, the board approved the use of the Tighe School gymnasium for a Zumba fundraiser benefiting the board’s Tracy Santoro Memorial Scholarship Fund. The event will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Cost is $15 per participant over age 18.
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