January News

Happy New Year! I hope that the transition back to school from the holiday break has gone well for you and your children.

On January 3rd, new BOE member Dori Molloy assumed her seat on the Board of Education and board members Ralph Addonizio and Eric Brophy began their second terms on the Board. The Board elected Allison Connolly to the position of President and Robin Zawodniak to the position of Vice-President. Following the BOE meeting, the board committees were reorganized and that information is now on the BOE website. To enhance communication about the work of committees, we have created sub-pages on the website for each committee. Information about the committee, including committee reports, will be accessible on the sub-pages moving forward. We believe this will provide better access to this information for the community. Here is a link to the BOE page on the website: http://www2.wall.k12.nj.us/boe/. The current active committees of the BOE are: Curriculum, Finance and Facilities, Personnel, Policy, and Strategic Planning.

The district is about to launch the process of Strategic Planning! You will receive more information about this initiative next week. But, I wanted to give you a quick preview. The BOE will be inviting parents, community members, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to participate in the process that will create a shared vision for the future of Wall Township Public Schools. Please plan to join us at the January 31st Board of Education meeting to hear more about the process. Mark your calendars for additional meetings on February 14, March 13, April 18, and May 16 if you would like to actively participate in the process.

I also have very exciting news to share about our Advanced Placement courses at the high school. I was notified yesterday by the College Board that Wall High School was selected to the Advanced Placement District Honor Roll. This honor was only given to 433 high schools in the country. Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used. Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

Last, I want to share with all of you that the district announced the names of the teachers who were selected as Governor’s Teacher and Educational Services Professionals of the year yesterday (2016). Please join me in congratulating:

  • Allenwood School: Jaclyn Mikuski
  • Central School: Beth Tormey and Jacqueline Cialino
  • Old Mill School: Samantha Roberts and Kelly Clayton
  • West Belmar School: Rose Curry and Ana Noon
  • Primary School: Kathleen Boland and Kerry Betlesky
  • Intermediate School: Daniel Martinho and Cailyn Gilvary
  • High School: Tom Dill and Danielle Farrell


The Board of Education will publicly recognize the recipients of this honor at the January 31st meeting.

Best wishes,

Cheryl Dyer


Cheryl Dyer
Cheryl Dyer is the Superintendent of Schools for Wall Township Public Schools. She is a graduate of Rutgers University (Bachelors and Masters) and Monmouth University (Masters). She has spent over thirty years in education with fifteen years teaching experience, four years as a supervisor, three years as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, six years as an Assistant Superintendent and one year as an Interim Superintendent before joining Wall Township in December of 2014.