School board OK’s new high school band director

MANASQUAN — A second selection process has produced a new band director for Manasquan High School, following weeks of controversy over an earlier selection. Ryan Wiemken, who has been the assistant band director and music teacher at Verona High School for the past three years, was approved by the board of education on Tuesday night. He was the unanimous choice of an ad hoc personnel committee tasked with screening candidates for the position. Referring to Mr. Wiemken and the second selection process, Superintendent Frank Kasyan said: “Someone that none of us knew rose to the top, and this person gives us exactly what the people in the band were looking for … someone from a great program, from Verona, who is an accomplished musician, and is somebody who knew how to build a program.” According to school officials, Mr. Wiemken met with band parents on Tuesday morning and with band students Tuesday night — meetings that held significance in light of the unhappiness expressed by parents and students over the first attempt to fill the position after the unexpected retirement of long time band director Alan Abraham in March.

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  • SquanMom

    Why is the BOE interviewing staff level positions? They have one employee, the Superintendent.