Cella out, Postma succeeds her as school chief

Dr. Lorraine Cella

By Douglas E. Hall

Dr. Lorraine Cella, who came on board as chief school administrator Jan. 2, 2011 cleaned out her desk and made public her resignation, which had apparently been worked out with school trustees since she gave notice in April of her intention to leave the school system.

Kerry Salerno Postma

She announced no plans, but the Tenafly resident has left the district.  Named as her successor is Kerry Salerno Postma, 39, who has been principal of the George Washington School since it opened two years ago. Prior to that she was vice principal of the Eleanor Van Gelder School under then superintendent Ted Blumstein, now retired. She joined the local school system as vice principal in 2011.  She will continue as principal of George Washington until a successor is hired.  A new salary of $145,000 was approved at a special Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 30.

She will be meeting shortly with school trustees to set new district priorities.  Chief among them will be addressing the expanding school population.  Also of concern is student literacy and infusing STEM education – science technology, engineering and math.

Ms. Postma has served as a councilor in the Moonachie School system and has taught in the Waldwick schools sixth and seventh grade for seven years and also taught the fourth grade in Franklin Lakes.

The school district has an enrollment of some 900 students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 6.  Seventh graders through high school are bussed to Leonia schools under a sending arrangement.

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