Midland Park May 13, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 7 Midland Park Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Heebink expects to have a recommendation in place for a new elementary principal and a director of special services by the board of education’s May 26 meeting. He said that there is “strong to Search for new administrators narrowed down respectable field of candidates” for each position. On the principal search, Dr. Heebink said that he and interim principal Joe Desiderio have completed firstround interviews and have invited four applicants back for a second round. Twelve people have been interviewed OEMs join to set emergency POD If a medical emergency such as an anthrax outbreak should develop in the Northwest Bergen County area, at least five towns are almost ready to deal with it. Office of Emergency Management (OEM) officials from five Northwest Bergen towns – Midland Park, Wyckoff, Franklin Lakes, Waldwick and Ho-Ho-Kus are cooperating with each other in determining the best way to handle a pandemic should one develop. They have been working for almost a year on guidelines for the establishment of Points of Distribution (PODS) of emergency medications and protocols to be followed. “If we had to do it tomorrow, we could,” said Midland Park OEM Coordinator Jeff Allyn, who originally got the coordinators from the five towns together to get a handle on what is involved, brainstorm on solutions, and work on a plan of action. The group has identified a location in Waldwick and an alternate location in Ho-Ho-Kus as the best POD to receive the medication from the county. The medication, expected to be Cipro or Doxi, would be picked up by each town from this central location. Each town would then distribute the medication to its residents from its own POD and set up its own protocols to get the job done. Allyn said the OEM group expects to have a working plan to unveil by June. Allyn said that initially the group contemplated having one distribution point for all five towns and considered the Wyckoff Y as an appropriate location. Once the police weighted in on the matter, however, it was decided that it would be more manageable traffic-wise if each town handled its own. There is a potential for 65,000 people wanting to avail themselves of the medication, he said. Allyn also said that at first it was thought that the medication kits would be larger and thus require a larger facility. Allyn said his office is working out a local plan, which he said would require volunteers. “We’re ahead of others because we have our CERT team (County Emergency Response Team) of 16 volunteers, and we are using them. We also have our Medical Reserve Corps personnel (doctors, nurses, EMTs, etc.) within the community, and those are 12-14, plus our first responders,” he said. “We should be able to open up our POD with them,” he added. Allyn said Midland Park plans to use reverse 911 to (continued on page 8) since the search started in November. The original field of 50 applicants was narrowed down based on a profile developed with input from staff and parents, Dr. Heebink said. Rick Triano, Highland School’s principal for 23 years, retired in December. Desiderio, who served as principal of Washington and Eisenhower schools in Wyckoff until his retirement in 2006, has been serving as interim principal of Highland and Godwin schools since then. Dr. Heebink said that the decision as to the administrative structure for the elementary level will not be made until after a new principal is hired. Godwin and Highland have been run under one principal, with an assistant principal in charge of Godwin, for a number of years. Providing an update on the search for a new director of special services, Dr. Heebink said that first-round interviews have been completed, with 11 applicants interviewed by himself and another administrator. William Shlala is the present interim director, replacing James Newman, who retired a year ago. Shlala’s contract concludes on June 30. Dr. Heebink said that prime candidates will be seen by the School Board’s personnel committee before a final recommendation is made to the full board. SPRING SALE, Get In Shape For Summer! Call me about VelaShapeTM A NEW Nonsurgical method of Fat reduction and body contouring • Non-invasive • No Anesthesia • No Downtime Beverly Dunn, MD Waldwick, NJ • 201-445-0032 Hawthorne Heat & Hot Water Incl. Center of town - walk to all! 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