Ho-Ho-Kus May 20, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 9 Trustees, educators work on contract by Jennifer Crusco Members of the Ho-Ho-Kus Board of Education and teachers, led by Mary Meier, are currently at work on a new contract for the district’s educators. The teachers’ present contract extends through June. Peter Terenzio, who was recently reelected president of the school board by his peers, pointed out that the trustees and the teachers are negotiating under difficult financial circumstances, but reported that the matter is being handled professionally by both sides. “If possible, we would like to have a new contract in place before the current agreement expires on June 30,” he said. He added that the board is pleased with the district’s recent accomplishments, which included hiring a new superintendent and successfully negotiating a new contract with Northern Highlands High School. Terenzio said the district also appreciates the community’s support of the 2009-10 school budget at the polls last month. The district welcomed Deborah Ferrara as the K-8 school district’s superintendent on Dec. 1, 2008. Ferrara is a long-time Bergen County resident who grew up in WoodRidge. She served the Bloomfield school district for the past nine years, where she was acting assistant superintendent and K-8 director of education. From 1998 to 2001, she was Bloomfield’s supervisor of education. She served as principal of that district’s K-6 Demarest School from 2001 to 2007. She previously taught in the Wyckoff and Paramus school districts. She succeeded Dr. Loretta Bellina, who left the superintendent’s post in Ho-Ho-Kus for an opportunity in the K-12 Cresskill district. Bellina left Ho-Ho-Kus in September. The school district updated its send/receive contract with Northern Highlands in February. The new agreement covers 2008 (retroactively) through 2018. The previous contract, which took effect on July 1, 2002, was due to expire in July 2012. The cost per Ho-Ho-Kus student attending Highlands is currently $10,965, which includes tuition and transportation. The district also pays an additional $897 per pupil to cover the cost of the high school’s science wing addition, which was approved in a 2004 referendum. The per pupil cost will rise to $11,985 in 2012, and will end with a per pupil expense of $13,894 in the final year of the contract. The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Ho-Ho-Kus Branch celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a party hosted by Paige McElroy and Winnie Atterbury. President Sue Kelly introduced prospective new members and board members. She spoke of The Valley Hospital’s mission and her goal to increase membership. Chairwoman Barbara Wahlberg, Treasurer Mary Ann Rooney and Publicity Chairman Valerie Florstedt, also attended. Branching out ���������� erennials ������������ P ��������������� ������ ���������������� �������������� ���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������� ����������� ��������������� 4-29-09 joan/janine RamapoNursery3x2(4-29-09) 3 x 2” HARDING WINE&SPIRIT Liberty Creek or... Finally it’s time for outside parties and barbecues. Are you really going to let your brother-in-law Ralph bring his homemade wine in the plastic milk jug again? We are here to save you money and stop the loss of friends. Our w Prices Lo will put a “Spring” in your step! HUGE WINE SELECTION Beer • Super Premium Spirits Party Planning • Gift Baskets Free Parking • Ice • Soda Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Zinfandel $ WE DELIVER 305 E. Ridgewood Ave Ridgewood, NJ DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED 201-445-7122 Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel & Moscato Barefoot Wines $ 5 9 .99 1.5 liter .19 1.5 liter We’re just doing our job! No rain checks issued. Not responsible for typographical errors.