Colleen Doria said she was anxious to get to know the students she will be working with as a special education teacher after her hiring was announced at Tuesday's Pearl River Board of Education meeting.
Not that she would have to wait long. Wednesday was Doria's first day. She will be working both at Lincoln Avenue and Evans Park Elementary Schools.
"We're very excited," Pearl River Director of Special Services Carolyn Moffa said. "Colleen comes with a great deal of experience. We interviewed and screened quite a number of candidates. She definitely did impress the entire committee."
Doria will replace Karen Zebiak, who recently retired. Doria was asked if she would be getting advice from the teacher she is replacing.
"I figure after a couple of days to get to know the students, I will speak with her," Doria said. "Then when she tells me something about Johnny, I can put the face to the name. It is helpful to know the students and use her knowledge as a resource."
Other Pearl River Board of Education Meeting Items
Pearl River Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Morgano said that the district is still waiting on the state to finalize the June Regents Exams before it can finalize the 2012-13 calendar.
"It is hard to believe it is almost the new year and the state doesn't have the Regents scheduled," Morgano said. "I wish they were as understanding when we don't have something."
School Board Vice President Jackie Curtiss provided an update on the newly-formed Pearl River Educational Foundation. The Foundation has scheduled a benefit gala Jan. 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Pearl River Elks Club. Tickets are $100 per person, $85 if paid by Jan. 1, 2013.
"We've gotten some donations already and are hoping more come in," Curtiss said. "We're going to be sending out an email offering a group rate. It would be $75 (per person) instead of $85."
Earlier in the meeting, fourth graders from Franklin Avenue Elementary School made a presentation to the board, administration and family members in attendance.