MANSFIELD: School district administrator/secretary resigns

New member joins school board

By Birgitta Wolfe, Managing Editor
   MANSFIELD — Lisa Giovanelli, the Mansfield Township School District’s administrator and board secretary for nine years, has resigned to take a similar position with the larger Rancocas Valley Regional School District in Mount Holly.
   The resignation, which was submitted to the Board of Education on Monday, is effective Jan. 13.
   ”It has been a genuine pleasure working for the Mansfield Township School District for the past nine years. I feel that I have learned a lot and grown professionally during my time in your employee … I will truly miss all the staff,” Ms. Giovanelli stated in her letter.
   The Springfield resident, who was paid $102,356 in the Mansfield position, will receive $122,500 at Rancocas.
   Rancocas is a ninth- to 12th-grade district of some 2,200 students encompassing five communities. Mansfield, a kindergarten to sixth-grade district of about 750 students, is part of the Northern Burlington Regional School District.
   ”I am leaving the Mansfield Township School District to expand professionally and develop my potential further,” she said Monday morning.
   ”When I first started at Mansfield, there was one school with six modular classrooms surrounding the building and a student population of 573. Today, there are two schools and a student population over 750.
   ” During my tenure, a new school was built, roof replacement and solar project completed at John Hydock Elementary School, a before- and after-school program and a tuition-based full-day kindergarten program were established.
   ”I think I have accomplished many goals at Mansfield and expect to accomplish many more, personally and professionally, with my move to Rancocas Valley Regional High School.
   ”I will miss the staff, parents, students and community, which have become part of my family over the past 10 years,”
   Also at Monday’s school board meeting, Alison Perrone, of Greenbrook Drive, president of the Columbus Home and School Association, was sworn in to fill the unexpired term of Anthony Meduri Jr. who resigned Oct. 14, citing personal reasons.