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Nazareth School Board Fills Two Top Administration Positions

Isabel Resende has been selected as Nazareth Area School District's new assistant to the superintendent; Mark Madson will fill her position as one of two directors of curriculum.

Nazareth School Board Fills Two Top Administration Positions

The Nazareth Area School Board filled two top administration posts Monday night and announced that candidates are being sought for the board seat recently vacated by Chris Audenried.

The board approved Isabel Resende as assistant to the superintendent. Resende, currently one of two directors of curriculum, replaces Michael Roth, a district fixture for 17 years who began a new job last month as superintendent of the Salisbury Township School District.

Replacing Resende will be assistant high school principal Mark Madson, also known in area sports circles as onetime Nazareth High football coach.

Resende and Madson start their new jobs Tuesday (Dec. 11).

Resende came to the Nazareth district in 2008 as director of curriculum and educational technology. The position’s duties include K-12 math, science, health and physical education, technical arts and computer literacy.

Her annual salary as assistant to the superintendent will be $125,000.

Resende previously worked in the North Penn School District in Montgomery County. She has degrees from Moravian College and Lehigh University.

Madson was appointed assistant high school principal in 2008. At that time he stepped down after three years as the high school’s gridiron leader. He is a product of Nazareth High and Shippensburg University.

Madson’s annual salary as director of curriculum will be $103,000. The board will select his replacement as assistant principal next month, superintendent Dennis Riker said.

Meanwhile, the district put out the call for candidates to fill Audenried’s unexpired term, which ends next November.

Candidates must reside in Region III -- comprised of Nazareth and Stockertown boroughs and the western election district of Upper Nazareth Township. Anywhere west of W. High Street is part of the township’s western election district.

Candidates should email a letter of interest and resume by Jan. 4 to Annette Findon, administrative assistant to the superintendent, at afindon@nazarethasd.org. A daytime phone number should be included.

Riker said candidates will be asked to respond to a series of questions. Their responses must be in his office by Jan. 7.

He said the board could appoint Audenried’s replacement at its Jan. 14 or Jan. 28 meetings, or do so at a future special meeting.

Audenried, who grew up on the borough’s Main Street, served on the school board for more than 10 years. He was appointed to borough council’s First Ward seat last week as a replacement for the Rev. William Matz, who has moved to Bethlehem with his wife.

Audenried’s unexpired term on borough council will run out at the end of 2013.

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