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    Press Release

    Contact Anne H. Gallagher

    NJASA Director of Communications

    609-599-2900, ext. 126


    2019 Regional Superintendents of the Year


    Atlantic City, NJ Oct 24, 2018…… The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) has selected three regional 2019 Superintendents of the Year. They are: Region I winner – (left) Dr. Michael LaSusa, Chief Education Officer, School District of the Chathams; Region II winner - (center) Dr. Michael Salvatore, Chief Education Officer, Long Branch Public Schools; and Region III winner - (right) Dr. Carol Birnbohm, Chief Education Officer, Lenape Regional High School District.


    The three regional Superintendents of the Year were introduced at the NJASA Executive Committee’s October 24th meeting at the Annual Fall Workshop in Atlantic City. Later that day, Workshop acknowledged the 2019 Regional Superintendents of the Year at its 1pm general session. The Workshop is co-sponsored by NJASA, the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO), and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).


    NJASA Executive Director Dr. Richard G. Bozza said, "All three regional superintendents are dedicated, hard-working professionals who continually strive to improve the quality of education for all students. They are remarkable chief education officers with vision, imagination, and compassion for the students they serve."


    As chief education officer of the School District of the Chathams – a comprehensive public school district serving a well-resourced community, located approximately 25 miles west of Manhattan, that has a well-earned reputation for excellence and has garnered recognition at the county, state and national level – Region I winner Dr. LaSusa has demonstrated his dynamic educational leadership ability in a manner that prioritizes balance and student well-being above all else.


    Region II winner Dr. Salvatore's deep-rooted, pedagogical beliefs are witness to the notable accomplishments of the Long Branch Public Schools. Under his guidance, the district has prioritized personalized high-quality learning experiences that ensure children matter most. Our current educational environment requires a transformational approach to teaching, leading and learning, which he embodies daily.


    From her vantage point of 17 plus years’ experience as a school administrator, Region III winner Dr. Birnbohm takes great pride in the team approach from all staff in embracing creative ways to reach all students. One in particular, the Lenape Regional High School District’s Two Graduations, an initiative she spearheaded, is having a positive effect on all students while and closing gaps in college enrollment rates.


    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 and former Regional Superintendents of the Year will select the 2019 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, now in its 32nd year and sponsored by First Student, VALIC, and AASA, pays tribute to the talent and vision of the men and women who lead our nation’s public schools.


    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 2019.



    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 at 920 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618-5328. For more information -- PH: 609.599.2900 / Fax: 609.599.9359 / website: www.njasa.net.


    Education Brief Videos

    Due to the complexity of educational topics, NJASA has released a series of videos to help parents and taxpayers better understand the issues. Each video can be accessed on a special NJASA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/TheNJASA or by clicking on the YouTube icon on the NJASA website, www.njasa.net.