Hillside schools hire two cops, disarms guards

Hillside schools hire two cops, disarms guards

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Board of Education at a special Feb. 7 meeting approved adding two armed borough police officers, who are trained school resource officers, to the district’s schools and also to disarm three security guards. The motion to assign officers Bryan Arrington and Shakeema Wilson, effective Feb. 8 through June 30, passed with […]

Hillside school board suspends super

Hillside school board suspends super

HILLSIDE, NJ — School board members voted 6-2 to suspend Superintendent Antoine Gayles with pay at their Jan. 24 regular meeting. A contract extending Gayles’ employment by three years with salary increases was passed by the previous board during its lame-duck session, and is being contested by the current board. The motion was introduced by […]

Acrimony punctuates Hillside BOE meeting

HILLSIDE, NJ — The school board’s annual reorganization meeting Jan. 3 turned from a simple swearing-in ceremony to a meeting punctuated by bickering when newly elected board members verbally introduced previously unannounced motions regarding appointments to the agenda. After new members Kim Cook, Laquana Best, Pinchas Shapiro and incumbents Joel Chapman and Hawaiian Thompson-Epps took […]

Students, parents rally to save Hillside principal’s job

Students, parents rally to save Hillside principal’s job

HILLSIDE, NJ — Students and parents cheered and applauded immediately after Superintendent Antoine Gayles announced that Christine Sidwa would be keeping her position as the Hillside High School principal. The announcement and reaction at the Dec. 20 Hillside Board of Education meeting came in response to the decision to withdraw an agenda item that would […]

Kobitz disqualified from Hillside Board of Education seat

Kobitz disqualified from Hillside Board of Education seat

HILLSIDE, NJ — Board of Education member-elect Dennis Kobitz has been disqualified from his three-year term after a background check revealed an unspecified criminal offense. Department of Education spokesman Michael Yaple, who confirmed Kobitz’s disqualification, said that when a town’s board of education is notified of the ineligibility, they aren’t given many details. “The department […]

Hillside attorney facing termination in dispute with mayor

Hillside attorney facing termination in dispute with mayor

HILLSIDE, NJ — A dispute between the township attorney and the mayor, and purportedly her assistant, has the attorney on the brink of termination unless one councilman is allowed to change his vote. Councilman Donald DeAugustine asked at the end of the Dec. 11 caucus meeting if he could change his earlier vote from “abstain” […]

Hillside school lab gets boost from Trenton

HILLSIDE, NJ — Hurden Looker students excitedly guided New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet through their “innovation lab,” showing him their 3D printer, Sphero robot and other lab technology Dec. 4. Repollet, who appeared engaged during his visit to the school, asked the children a question. “Who are you?” he asked. “Thought leaders!” they […]

Lame-duck Hillside board OKs new contract for super

HILLSIDE, NJ — The Board of Education rescinded the contract of the district superintendent at their Nov. 29 meeting and replaced it with a new one that will extend his term three years and boost his annual salary nearly $18,000. The board approved the contract for Superintendent Antoine Gayles through June 2023, with a 5-3 […]

Off-duty Hillside cop killed in Linden crash

LINDEN, NJ — An off-duty Hillside police officer was killed and another person seriously injured in an early morning automobile crash Oct. 15 that closed U.S. Routes 1 & 9 in Linden in both directions for more than six hours. Hillside Police Officer Giovanni Esposito, 30, who joined the Hillside Police Department in November 2017, […]

Hillside teachers continue to clash with school board

HILLSIDE — Teachers, their union leaders and parents continued to clash with school board members about staff reassignments and poor communication, reiterating claims during a contentious meeting on Thursday, July 19, that the district administration has retaliated against union officials following yearlong contract negotiations. During a round of testimonials from educators in the audience, New […]

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