MILLVILLE — The city board of education fielded questions about the environmental firm they hired last week to investigate mold concerns at Holly Heights and approved the hiring of a math and science supervisor and the retirement of two teachers Monday.
Betsy Cubbage, a parent and member of the Holly Heights health and safety committee asked the district if the firm, Synertech, Inc. of Philadelphia, would be spending only one day at the school.
Board Secretary Bryce Kell could not confirm the exact schedule that the firm will be following in order to complete an occupancy survey and general inspection of the facility.
The firm is expected to begin work today.
Cubbage then asked for reassurance that representatives of the health and safety team would be able to meet with the firm.
"It will happen," Superintendent of Schools Dr. G. Larry Miller said.
Miller also fielded questions from the public about mold inspection at the high school, offering a similar reassurance.
"We will be as thorough as possible clearing this up," Miller said.
In regular business, the board approved the hiring of Ramon Jacobs to fill the new K-12 Math and Science Supervisor position for the district.
Jacobs has 18 years experience in the district as a science teacher and department chair for Math and Science at Memorial High School.
The position was one of four that were created in November in the district. Two of those positions, which were to be filled by Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s), were eliminated Monday by the board in exchange for one full-time Registered Nurse (RN).
According to Personal Director Steve Burke, the full-time position will bring a small savings to the district and allow for substitute coverage of nurses and additional coverage on school field trips.
The fourth position, which involves information and communication, has not been filled.
The board also approved retirements for teachers Alyce Kudla of Rieck Avenue School and Denise Killian of Lakeside Middle School. Both retirements are effective in July.
Superintendent Miller said that each have "reached thousands" through hard work and commitment to the district.