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Five North Salem Teachers Receive Tenure

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - The latest North Salem Board of Education meeting opened with a joyous announcement by Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Freeston that five school staff members have been awarded tenure.

Roberta Reiner, principal of the Pequenakonck School, presented awards to Deanna Adams and Jenine Kugel. Adams has been a special education teaching assistant at PQ for four years. Ms. Kugel is a second grade special ed teacher.

High School Principal Patricia Cyganovich presented awards to Heide DeMorris, a teacher of Spanish and French, Jennifer Sharpe, a special ed teacher, and Stephen Austin, teacher of instrumental music. Austin was unable to attend the evening’s ceremony.

Dr. Cyganovich described Sharpe’s award as, “possibly unique in the state,” since “she received tenure at the middle school some time ago, left her job to raise her sons, returned to the high school staff -- and received tenure again.”

Sharpe, who lives in Brookfield, CT, said, “Getting tenure is like becoming part of the North Salem family. I feel like I never left.”

Heide DeMorris, a 1979 graduate of North Salem High, said, “We had awesome teachers when I was here. I felt so well prepared when I went to college. Walking through these halls, I realize that I have big shoes to fill.”

Adams added, “I feel it’s a great accomplishment. It’s wonderful to see the progress the kids have made. It’s so good to see them growing.”

Dr. Freeston wound up the ceremony with hearty congratulations to all. “Tenure is a difficult status to achieve in North Salem. You do not get it easily. It is truly an accomplishment!”

Refreshments were served after the presentation of certificates. “Just ignore the sign on the library door,” said Freeston. The notice says, “No food or drink allowed.”

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