October 6, 2008

Ho-Ho-Kus Narrows Search for School Chief


HO-HO-KUS -- The borough's only public elementary school will have a new superintendent by the end of the month after interviews that have narrowed the field to a few eligible candidates, the district's school board president said.

"We had 30 applicants ... we're now down to a couple of finalists," said school board President Peter B. Terenzio Jr. "We're looking for someone who has been a teacher in a grammar or middle school, someone who has been a principal, and someone who will be involved in day-to-day activities."

The K-8 Ho-Ho-Kus Public School on Lloyd Road has employed an interim superintendent since mid-September when Loretta Bellina, the superintendent for eight years, was selected for the top job in her former district of Cresskill. The new superintendent would fill the post in January 2009.

"We're looking for someone who is familiar with working with a regional school district," Terenzio said. The Ho-Ho-Kus school feeds into Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale.

"We are pleased with the quality of the candidates who have applied," Terenzio said. "Our school is in an excellent place right now ... we're looking for someone who can build upon what we have. We were hoping for 20 or so candidates and we had 30, so we've certainly met our expectations in terms of the number of people applying."

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