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July 10, 2017

Montville Township Public Schools welcomes new Business Administrator

BusinessladdyyyKatine Slunt arrives with nearly 30 years of experience and first-hand knowledge of the township

Montville Township, New Jersey – On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Katine M. Slunt joined the Montville Township Public Schools’ administrative team as the new Business Administrator. Slunt replaces retiring BA James Tevis.    

With a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Franklin and Marshall College, Slunt is a C.P.A. and Q.P.A.  A former KPMG Peat Marwick Public Accountant and Auditor, Slunt has been evaluating, auditing, analyzing and managing the accounting of public and non-profit funds since 1989.  Through KPMG Peat Marwick, Slunt planned and administered audit engagements for organizations such as City University of New York, March of Dimes, and Yeshiva University. In 1993 she became the Assistant BA in the Wayne Public Schools. Since then she has worked as a BA, Assistant BA or Manager and Consultant overseeing capital projects, audits and compliance for a variety of public school districts including Rockaway Township Board of Education and East Hanover School District.

A resident of Montville Township, Slunt comes to the Montville Township Public Schools Business Office from North Haledon Schools. Prior to that she managed the budget for Unity Charter School in Morristown.

The Montville Township Board of Education ratified Slunt’s appointment to the position of BA for the Montville Township Public Schools on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The annual salary is $149,000.  Slunt was officially introduced to the community at the June 13 BOE meeting. A district-wide e-mail welcoming her to the position was sent to all faculty and staff on July 6, 2017.

Montville Township’s school Superintendent conquers bucket list item at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

ROVATAR2017 graduates made their way to Coney Island to cheer as she set a personal record of 8 dogs in 10 minutes

Montville Township, NJ – Dr. René Rovtar, Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools is known for her ability to tackle big projects with enthusiasm, skill and creativity. With only two years in the high-achieving district, Rovtar has distinguished herself as an outstanding leader. Last June, as her first year in the district came to an end, Rovtar was named Morris County Superintendent of the year. This year her OneMontville initiative that unites educators, religious leaders, politicians, community organizers, students and parents to promote Kindness, Acceptance and Respect across the entire community, received a 2017 Promising Practice award from the internationally recognized Character.org.

Also for the end of her second year in Montville Township, Rovtar checked off an exciting item on her personal bucket list: Compete in the iconic 4th of July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Along the way she demonstrated to students and the entire community that it is okay to try something new, be silly and go for your dreams.

“I was drawn to it because it is not something people expect me to do,” Rovtar said.

A tiny individual, Rovtar doesn’t have a large appetite for excessive amounts of food. But she does have an appetite for knowledge and an excitement for learning about new things.

“Last year, while watching the event on ESPN, I noticed a woman on the end who ate only four hotdogs,” Rovtar explained. “I said to my family, I can eat four hot dogs.”

It was at that moment she began researching how to qualify for the Famous Nathan’s Hot Dog competition.

“Montville Township is extremely fortunate to have such an inspired and inspiring leader,” said Montville Board of Education Member Michael Johnson. “There is no better testament to her ability to build spirit of community than the MTHS alum that traveled, on their own, to Coney Island to cheer her on.”

A marathon runner, who came to that sport as an adult and went on to complete twenty-one marathons, Rovtar knows how to set goals and systematically overcome obstacles. She used that same skill set to achieve her dream of being a participant in the world’s most famous competitive eating contest held every July 4th at Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island.

After researching the qualifying rules, and calculating the odds to determine which of the 18 national qualifying competitions she could likely win, Rovtar traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina over Memorial Day weekend, confident that she could win a spot in the 2017 Coney Island Competition.

There she consumed 7 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

“My goal was 10, so I was disappointed, but I am excited to have made the finals,” she explained following the qualifier.

Going into the 2017 July 4th event, Rovtar stated that she planned to do better than the qualifying match and she hoped to eat 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

“The pressure is off,” noted Rovtar. “I know I won’t win; I can’t. But participating and doing my best is enough. I am happy to be a part of this exciting event.”

At 11:00 am EST, Rovtar took to the stage and downed as many hot dogs and buns as she could in 10 minutes. Directly in front of her, next to the stage, stood her cheering section.

“It was fantastic!” she said later. “My family and, somehow, a group of 2017 Montville Township High School graduates! They found each other in the crowd of 40,000 and they stood right in front of me and cheered me on. It was the best!” 

In the end, Rovtar bested her own record by one, ending the competition with 8 hot dogs in 10 minutes. The champion of the women’s competition, Miki Sudo, landed her fourth Nathan’s title in four years. She too set a personal best of 41 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

July 06, 2017

Montville Township Committee Passes Two Ordinances at Last Meeting

GuyuMONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township Committee passed two ordinances at their Tuesday, June 13 meeting. One allows self-storage facilities near the Senior House and the other concerns the re-appropriation of funds for the improvement of sidewalks on Changebridge Road. To read more click the following words, "click here

Lt. Governor On Hand to Open Fragetti's Deli in Towaco

RibbonMONTVILLE, NJ – Township and state-wide officials were on hand to attend the grand opening of Towaco’s new deli, Fragetti’s, named after owner Chris Fragetti, who grew up in Towaco and still lives in town. The deli is located on Main Road across from the train station. To read more click the following words, "click here

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Trudy Atkinson, Montville Township Municipal Clerk

TrudyMONTVILLE, NJ - Trudy Atkinson, Montville Township’s municipal clerk, will be retiring as of July 31, and the township will be losing one of its most efficient and dedicated employees. To read more click the following words, "click here

Summer Reading Program 2017 Kicks Off at Montville Twp Library

KiddiesssMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Public Library kicked off its summer reading program on June 21 with cool ice cream, awesome face painting, and an important message: “Build a Better World.” To read more click the following words, "click here

Cost of Referendum Revealed for Montville; Special Education Report Presented by Board of Ed

SuperMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Board of Education revealed that the referendum questions, if passed, would cost taxpayers $100.91 for the average $528,093 assessed Montville Township home. To read more click the following words, "click here

June 28, 2017

Montville Township Committee Awards Anniversary Poster Contest Winners

GrouppppppMONTVILLE, NJ - Poster winners of the Montville Township 150th Anniversary Poster Contest received their prizes at the Montville Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 13. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Holds 2017 4th of July Parade

MericaMONTVILLE, NJ – After days of rain, the sun shone bright in Montville Township for the 2017 4th of July parade. This year’s June 24 parade marked the township’s 150th anniversary celebration. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Board of Ed Honors Retirees, Geo Bee Winner, Reps, Others

PeepsssssMONTVILLE, NJ – The June 13 Montville Township School District Board of Education meeting opened with a song as the Montville Township High School “School of Rock” sang “Helplessly Hoping,” as introduced by School of Rock parent Susan Champion. To read more click the following words, "click here"

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