December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 9
Schools have new social worker
Christina Marinaro was appointed last week as
the new social worker for the Midland Park school
district. She replaces social worker Dave Ostman,
who retired after more than 25 years of service. She
will begin her duties on Jan. 5 at a prorated salary of
$52,219. Marinaro, who has a master’s degree from the New
York University School of Social Work, has worked
at the Rockland Children’s Psychological Center
for the past three-and-a-half years, and had previ-
ously interned there. She also served an internship at
Carney High School. She resides in Mahwah.
Students address board with concerns
Kevin Yali, the student representative to the Mid-
land Park Board of Education asked the board last
week to look into eliminating home room period at
the beginning of the school day.
Yali said the suggestions had come from fellow
students responding to his request for such matters.
Yali said that students who have the ﬁrst two or
three periods free have to come to school at 8 a.m. for
attendance and then go back home to bed until their
Yali added that if home room were eliminated, the 5
minutes allotted to it could be distributed to lengthen
passing time between classes or even to make classes
longer. Passing time is two minutes; each of the eight
periods is 47 minutes long.
The student representative recommended that
attendance be taken at the beginning of each period,
and then forwarded to the ofﬁce for those students
reporting for their ﬁrst class of the day.
Board President Rich Venditti said the recommen-
dation would be forwarded to high school ofﬁcials for
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And the winner is …
This gingerbread house, made by Pat Fantulin and Jessica
Merwede, won ﬁrst place in the Midland Park Recreation
Department’s annual contest. Second place went to Coralie
and Ludovic Guerdat. Third place winner was Maddie Clark.
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lighting celebration earlier this month.
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