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Beth Scheiderman Named Watchung Hills' HR Director

Moving from school's special services department to coordinate staff development, hiring.

After several years managing the 40-plus staff members of the Special Services Department, department supervisor Beth Scheiderman is moving up to the schools head of human relations.

In her eyes, moving from special education to HR is a good fit.

"Special education is driven by federal law, state law and school policies—and HR is also," she said Tuesday, after the school's approved the promotion at Monday's meeting. "This job requres a lot of privacy and keeping matters in confidence, as human relations does."

Scheiderman, a resident of Green Brook, will begin her new duties on July 1. She joined the school's staff in 2000 as a school psychologist, coming to the school as a licensed social worker. 

The board praised her performance in her current job Monday, and Superintendent Frances Stromsland noted the position was elevated to include additional duties and higher pay, with an annual salary of $135,000.

Chief among the coming challenges for the position will be the implementation of the new teacher evaluation program, called EE4NJ, which the state has required by in place by the end of the year. Scheiderman said the school has been working on the EE4NJ requirements and will be ready to act with plenty of time.

"This has been a conversation among the supervisors' council and administration for some time," she said.

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