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Bellmawr School District’s Business Administrator Resigns

Bellmawr School District’s Business Administrator/Board Secretary,  Amy Capriotti, tendered her resignation effective January 16, 2017.

At the December 21 meeting, the Bellmawr Board of Education (BOE) “reluctantly” voted to accept it. Capriotti is leaving the district after four years to take a position with Gloucester County Special Services/GCIT (Gloucester County Institute of Technology).

Since Capriotti has been the Business Administrator, the district’s past two audits have yielded no corrective actions or findings.

Interim Business Administrator

As for Capriotti’s replacement, the BOE is looking to hire Mark Ritter as the district’s interim Business Administrator.

During the workshop session last week, Ritter said that he was a teacher for 15 years at Collingswood High School and also coached basketball and soccer. He took a “strange career path” by coming out of the biology classroom and into school business administration. In addition to spending “a lot of time” in Atlantic County districts, he has also spent 15 years in Haddon Township, four years in Haddon Heights, and 16 months in Barrington.

Ritter said he hopes to bring “stability” to the district. He estimated that this will be his twelfth interim placement and that he “will not just go anywhere.” He also said that he is not “not worried at all” about coming on board during budget time.

School superintendent, Annette Castiglione, said that she is waiting for the Camden County Superintendent’s office to approve Ritter’s contract.

Gina Heller Recognized as 2016 NJ Exemplary Educator

In other matters, E.M. Burke teacher, Gina Heller, was recognized as 2016 Exemplary Educator.

Gina Heller New Jersey Exemplary Educator
E.M. Burke’s Gina Heller is recognized as 2016 New Jersey Exemplary Educator. Pictured with Heller are two of her four children, Giovanna and Grayson. Also pictured are E.M. Burke principal, Frank Jankowski and School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione. (Photos by SJO)

E.M. Burke principal, Frank Jankowski read from the nomination form that he submitted to the State and said that Heller has “exceptional educational talent.” Based on Link It data, all third graders in Heller’s classroom showed significant growth, he said. “This is the result of increased rigor and high expectations.”

Outside of the classroom, Heller continues to stay abreast of educational strategies, techniques, and programs.

Of being recognized as 2016 Exemplary Teacher, Heller said: “I love Bellmawr. I grew up here. All of my school age children are [school] choice students and come to Bellmawr Schools. I am grateful to the administration and the staff for all of the things that are happening, not only for myself, but for my kids as well.”

In addition to Heller being named 2016 New Jersey Exemplary Educator, Bellmawr Park teacher, Sue DiPrinzio, also earned this distinction. DiPrinzio was recognized during the November BOE meeting.

2016 New Jersey Exemplary Educator
At its November meeting, Bellmawr Park teacher, Sue DiPrinzio, was honored as 2016 New Jersey Exemplary Educator

Heather Dunham Staff Member of the Month

During the regular meeting, The BOE also recognized teacher Heather Dunham as staff member of the month.

Heather Dunham Bellmawr Schools
Teacher Heather Dunham (center) is recognized as Staff Member of the month by Principal, Anthony Farinelli (left) and School Superintendent, Annette Castiglione (right.) (Photo by SJO)

BOE Approves Agenda Items

On the business side, among the agenda items the BOE voted to approve were:

Additionally, the BOE voted to accept the following donations:

  • HP Windows XP desktop computer with mouse, keyboard and 17 inch display from Helen Radecke of Bellmawr.
  • 12 meditation cushions and baskets from Donors Choose for students to use for independent reading and centers in Mrs. Friend’s classroom at E.M. Burke School.

Next BOE Meeting

The BOE will meet next on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Bell Oaks Media Center for its reorganization meeting. As per the published noticed, the purpose of the meeting is to swear in Eric Hoban and Patrick Murrary as Board members, to approve the list of meetings for 2017, and also to discuss and act upon any miscellaneous items of business brought before the Board. Formal action will occur at this meeting.