Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • December 9, 2009 Waldwick Waldwick, Midland Park seek own superintendents As the search for a new superintendent of schools gets underway in Waldwick, resident Al Coldon is pursuing the idea of a shared position or a consolidation with the Midland Park School District. “Now is the time to join, when both schools are looking for a superintendent. The future is coming when you’ll have to join everything, This is an opportune time, ” Coldon told the Waldwick Mayor and Council at a recent meeting. Coldon was directed to speak to the board of education, which is an autonomous body over which the council has no jurisdiction. “We have zero power over the board of ed,” said Councilwoman Anita Bozzo. Mayor Russell “Buddy” Litchult said that the board of education had done studies in the past about combining the districts but nothing had developed. The idea does not seem to have support among the current boards either. The Waldwick Board addressed the issue at its recent superintendent forum and determined that is not the direction it wants to pursue at this time. “Sharing a superintendent is not on our radar screen,” commented Midland Park Board of Education President Richard Venditti. “There is more involved than just hiring a body. You have different staffs, different unions, differences in curriculum, and I do not know how one person could lead two separate school bodies. And unfortunately both districts need a superintendent now,” he added. Waldwick’s search is being directed by Dr. Gregg Hauser, who served as Waldwick’s interim superintendent before Dr. Robert Penna was hired and is currently interim superintendent in Demarest. The board has advertised the vacancy and has received eight résumés thus far, which Dr. Hauser is reviewing. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31. Dr. Hauser will also be preparing a timeline for the search process. Midland Park’s application process is closed, and the board is now reviewing the applications. The board’ is handling the search internally and plans to start interviewing candidates in January, according to Venditti. Dr. Penna has indicated that he will be retiring in June, 2010 after four years in the position and more than 40 years in education. Midland Park’s superintendent, Dr. William Heebink, is also retiring in June for health reasons after only two years in the position. Heart of a Lion Long-time Waldwick Lions Club member Joe Mastrogiacomo has once again headed up the group’s Blood Drive. The Lions host this event twice a year at the Traphagen School. Mastrogiacomo has been the chairman of the event for many years. Also pictured are his assistants Lions Club members Rick VanderWende and Drew Churchson. � Jo i n u s for a V ictorian christmas celebration At our Waldwick Office, decorated in Christmas Splendor Enter a drawing to win special holiday gifts E Gifts for children E Christmas Carols played at the branch office E Refreshments: Hot Cocoa, Coffee, and Christmas Cookies E Fridays and Saturdays during the month of December Win Special Holiday Gifts! Name Address M A K I N G A N I M P A C T Telephone Atlantic Stewardship Bank, 64 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 201-444-7100. Entry form must be submitted at our Waldwick Office before 12 noon, December 19, 2009. Drawing, December 19, 2009. 64 Franklin Turnpike Waldwick, NJ 201-444-7100 Branch offices located in Hawthorne (2 offices), Midland Park, Montville, North Haledon, Pequannock, Ridgewood, Waldwick, Wayne (3 offices), Westwood, and Wyckoff.