Search for New High School Principal Ongoing

District announced principal shakeup in May, moving high school head Emil Binotto to the middle school.

The Hopatcong school district still has yet to fill its open principal position, Superintendent Dr. Charles Maranzano said.

"We want to make sure we've covered as much territory in the screening process as possible," said Maranzano, who also said the district has interviewed hopefuls. "There's a strong committee" of administrators vetting principal candidates and "they're setting the bar high."

Maranzano had said he hopes to have the job filled by July 1. Maranzano said the shift's purpose was to strengthen administration at the lower levels, bolstering student performance.

The district announced in May after Principal Dr. Joanne Mullane asked to take over open curriculum supervisor duties vacated by William Roca's retirement. Mullane spent just a year as the elementary school's principal and was its third in as many years.

The move resulted in shifting each of the district's principal's to lower grade levels, save Principal Tracy Heinz, who stayed put. Twelfth-year high school Prinicipal Emil Binotto will head to the while the principal there, Lou Benfatti, goes to Durban Avenue. That school's principal, Brian Byrne, will assume Mullane's spot at Tulsa Trail.

Soon after the district finds its high school leader, it will turn its attention upward.

Maranzano, 64, , effective at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

KristieKreme June 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
It will be hard to fill the previous principal's "BOOTS!" Oh yes, potential candidates are lined up to jump into Hopatcong's quicksand!
Chrissy June 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM
LOL, so true! I think they just need a team of Van Diesel, The Rock, and Rambo. ;-D
Jim Cillo July 06, 2012 at 01:24 AM
binotto was doing an excellent job he must of said no to someone with power. It will be difficult to fill his shoes, but rumor has it that C maranzano feels cinotti is a good choice with all of her 5 years of experience and no principal or vice principal experience. Maybe Charles JR should have left well enough alone and focused on the students not politics.


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