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    Press Release
    Anne H. Gallagher
    NJASA Director of Communications
    609-599-2900, ext. 126

    The 2015 New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year Dr. Scott McCartney, Chief Education Officer, Egg Harbor Township School District, is available to comment on education-related issues.

    Dr. Scott McCartney Named Southern Regional Superintendent of The Year


    Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 29, 2014 ... Dr. Scott McCartney, Chief Education Officer, Egg Harbor Township School District was selected the 2015 New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year. He was introduced today at the morning general session of the Annual Fall Workshop. The workshop is co-sponsored by NJASA, the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

    This is the seventh year of NJASA’s selection process to choose three regional - Southern, Central and Northern - Superintendents of the Year winners. The two other chief education officers joining McCartney are:

    Central Regional winner – Dr. Timothy Purnell, Chief Education Officer, Somerville Public Schools; and Northern Regional winner – Dr. Lauren Schoen, Chief Education Officer, Mahwah School District.

    NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “Scott McCartney is an agent-of-change who has the ability to challenge his staff and utilize the collective creativity of his staff to find ways to thrive in the face of challenge. His accomplishments exemplify what every chief education officer should achieve.”

    As chief education officer of the Egg Harbor Township School District – one of the fastest growing school systems in New Jersey over the past decade - Southern Regional winner Dr. McCartney has shown his capacity to lead in turbulent and challenging times.

    McCartney, highly respected on the national, state, county and local education levels, comments, “A significant highlight for me each year is handing a diploma to our high school graduates.”

    He added, “The culminating event of high school graduation proves that our collective efforts as school, home and community does work and our students are prepared to go to colleges and universities around the country and globe. It also shows that they are prepared to successfully enter the workforce in meaningful ways that serve our communities.”

    Reducing the district’s carbon footprint by creating a healthy, energy-efficient school environment reinforced with sound environmental and sustainability education practices has been an ongoing initiative of McCartney’s. Under his tutelage, the district has been a leader in sustainable green initiatives in the areas of energy-efficient construction and building practices, solar energy, recycling, and academic conservation instruction. All told, those programs have saved the district over $6 million since 2011, secured more than $125,000 in environmental education grants, and garnered a variety of local, state, regional, national and international awards including: the Green Ribbon School Award by the US Department of Education and the NJ Department of Education; the Green Flag Award by the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Eco-Schools USA program –  an international model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development with over 59 worldwide participants; and a two-time recipient of the NJ Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA) and the Environmental Quality Award by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

    The Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year assumed the helm of the Egg Harbor Township School District in 2009. Previously, he served as chief education officer of Downe Township and Dennis Township.

    He began his educational career as an alternative school reading teacher in the Egg Harbor Township Middle School.

    An Egg Harbor Township resident, McCartney earned his Doctorate of Education from Seton Hall University; his Master’s degree from Rowan University; and received his Bachelor of Arts from Ursinus College.

    Currently, he serves as Treasurer of NJASA and as a regional representative to the Executive Committee of the American Association of School Administrators. At the local level, he is the Immediate Past President of the Atlantic County Association of School Administrators.

    Each regional winner was judged on the following qualifications: 1) minimum of five years experience as a chief education officer; 2) record of service within their respective county affiliate and NJASA; and 3) a distinguished record as an educator.

    The next step in the process for the three regional winners will be the selection of a New Jersey candidate to participate in the AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award. A committee of NJASA Past Presidents will select the 2015 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, established in 1988 and sponsored by ARAMARK Education, VALIC, and AASA, is open to all public school superintendents in the United States and overseas.

    The selection qualifications for the State and National Superintendent of the Year include: meeting the needs of their students, demonstrated communication strength, a commitment to professional development and growth, and significant community involvement.  Additionally, at the state and regional levels, NJASA has an additional qualification that addresses service with the county affiliate and NJASA.

    AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2015. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.



    About NJASA:

    The New Jersey Association of School Administrators is an organization of chief education officers and school administrators who lead school districts in New Jersey’s 21 counties. The Association’s mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education. Through ongoing professional training and education, the Association shares knowledge among its members about best practices from both educational and administrative perspectives. Its goal is to move education forward by ensuring the highest quality of instruction for all New Jersey children. The Association is located 920 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5328. For more information -- PH: 609.599.2900 / Fax: 609.599.9359 / website: www.njasa.net