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Berkeley Board Of Ed Picks Two New Principals

Guinan, Burr tapped for principal positions

Staff members of both the Bayville and Berkeley Township elementary schools turned out in force at a recent special meeting to show their support for the district's two new principals.

Board of Education members voted unanimously to appoint Mary Guinan principal of the Bayville Elementary School and Kirk Burr principal of the Berkeley Township Elementary School.

Guinan - a longtime educator - started in the district in 2006 and served as supervisor of instruction and Camp Paw director. In 2009 she was the administrator in charge of the Bayville Schol and assistant principal. She was named acting principal of the Berkeley Township Elementary School earlier this year.

"Thank you for your confidence in me," she told the board at the July 26 meeting. "I thank the staff for coming to show their support. It means a lot to me."

After serving as acting or assistant principal at two of the district's elementary schools, Guinan quipped that she had been "always a bridesmaid, never a bride."

"Tonight I feel like a bride," she said.

Burr - who was named 2012 Teacher of the Year at the Berkeley Township Elementary School - has been with the district for 13 years.

"I've been with the building since its conception," he told the board. "I truly do feel like I'm a part of this community here."

"Congratulations to Kirk and Mary," Superintendent James Roselli said.

"We know you will do a good job," Board President Stephen J. Pellecchia said.

Burr, who replaces Roselli as the BTES principal, begins on August 1. Guinan starts on Sept. 1

Each will be paid $105,000 a year - Step 1 of the principal's guide, according to the meeting agenda.

John M July 28, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Congratulations to both! The children are fortunate to have you as are we parents. Good luck.
crga July 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Let's hope for major chaange at BTES and not more of the same old no expectations ways!
stephanie July 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Congrats to all.
Jules July 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I sincerely hope this will allow BTES to make some much needed changes. Good luck to both new principals. Mr. Burr, you have quite a job ahead of you. Please take this opportunity to transform BTES into a fun, warm, inviting place for our children to learn. With the support of parents anything is possible, and right now that school has little to no support from parents. The children in 5th and 6th grade are growing and need to learn to be independent, however, they are still in elementary school. Please involve the parents and earn our support. Adopt an open door policy. Keep lines of communication open and honest. For example, all parents should have been notified in September that a separate foundation had been formed for Stokes and they could have been the biggest advocates in making the trip organized and raising the funds needed. Invite the parents into the school for events with proper notice. Educate the office staff on how to relate nicely to the public. I understand they are busy and their job is not easy, but being friendly and smiling should come naturally if you are going to be the first person anyone sees in an elementary school. Maybe you could take notes from Mr. Zito at Potter, he has figured out exactly how to relate to parents and students. Mr. Roselli was a nice guy, but BTES leaves a lot to be desired and I truly believe one of the keys to getting more for the children is building a positive relationship with parents.
stephanie July 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Well said Jules. I wish that it felt as warm and inviting as cbw is. I know they are getting older, but i went through cbw from k-6 and just because we were in the same building as k-4 didnt mean we were treated like babies. You made great points. I will just add ome more thing. . . DEAE MR. BURR, PLEEEEAAAASE FIRE THAT SECRETARY SUE, SHE IS SOOOO NASTY TO TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND PARENTS. I REFUSE TO EVEN GO TO THE MAIN OFFICE BECAUSE SHE IS SUCH A WITCH. PLEASE PLEASE GIVE THAT JOB TO SOMEONE MORE DESERVING
Getreal July 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Really? Every time I've been there,I've been treated with respect...Of course, I understand when you have that many kids and parents, the main office can become a zoo...I think the old saying of..give respect get respect needs to be said..I have been in that office and some parents come in so demanding of the teachers and staff...crazy!
stephanie July 28, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@Getreal. I can name DOZENS OF FACULTY PARENTS AND STUDENTS and even substitutes who i have over heard leaving the building complaining about how mean she is! I know several teachers that have been with the district since i was in school and probably even before i started school complaining about her, and they are hesitant to complain because of people who have been tramsferred to other schools in the district after ther have opened up thier mouths about her. I am not "one of those demanding parents" and i have had countless numbers of people back me up when i say no mattet what te of the day it is you stop by or need to send your child down to the office, its never a good time, because her time is more valuable than others. So you MUST only be speaking for yourself, because I am FAR from the only one that feels thos way. :)
linda walker July 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Yes, well said. Seems they thought parents were the "enemy", very unloving, unwarm. The children are still in elementary school and should still have parent involvement. Where did Roselli go?
stephanie July 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Can you say obsessed much? Lol it really ruffels your feathers that sooo many people besides myself feel this way huh??? Why dont you and your bff jump off a cliff somewhere :) lolol you couldn't even contribute one opinion to the topic, instead you make an account TODAY just so that you can take your anger on someone else than your children i guess huh??? I'm GONNA take a wild shot in the dark and "guess" yoy are like 20 yrs older than me, because you are VERY narrow minded little person who has no life. Abd guedd what Sweetheary, i have more degrees and certificates that yoy could roll up and shove up your fat ass "Jordan Baker" lol one of those mind you is TEACHING :) so unless you have something to say regarding the topic, then plz STFU ;)
stephanie July 28, 2012 at 08:06 PM
O let me just apologize in advance to everyone who has to read another crazy post from "Jordan Baker" about my spelling, because she obviously never has typos on her touch screen like regular ppl becausr shed a "rock star" HAHA just wait, she'll have something to say :)
Scooter July 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Stephanie, we should be best friends I feel exactly the same way....

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