New faces on the job in Plumsted


It is not so much a rebuilding year for Plumsted Township school administrators as it is a year of adjustment.

Five key positions in the Plumsted Township School District are held by new faces, and Superintendent of Schools Mark DeMareo welcomes the challenge of having everyone work together for the benefit of the district.

“It is a very exciting year as a superintendent to be able to build a new administrative team,” DeMareo said. “Many of the new administrative positions at the district’s four schools came from within the schools’ own walls, after several top seats were vacated.”

Tom Farrell, the former assistant principal of the New Egypt Middle School, was promoted to principal of New Egypt High School.

Former technology teacher Michael Mendes was promoted to assistant principal at the high school, and former coordinator for special education Jodie Greene was promoted to supervisor of special services.

Jim Osmond, a former teacher in the Jackson School District, was named assistant principal at the middle school.

Farrell and Osmond were appointed in February.

“I am impressed with the educational experience each of these candidates brings to the district,” DeMareo said.

The district’s most recent administrative hire is Diane McMahon, who has been named supervisor of guidance. McMahon is a former guidance counselor for the Montgomery School District.

DeMareo said McMahon brings a multitude of experience to Plumsted as a guidance counselor and as a registered nurse.

Four weeks into the new school year, DeMareo said everyone is transitioning exceptionally well and said he is pleased with the way things are going, considering this is only his second year as superintendent.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this administrative team,” he said. “I love it here in this district.”