NEW JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Press Release: For Immediate Release
From left, Southern Regional winner – Dr. Mark J. Raivetz, Superintendent, Haddon Township Public Schools;
Central Regional winner – Dr. Marilyn Elgart Birnbaum, Superintendent, North Plainfield Public Schools; andNorthern Regional winner – Dr. David C. Verducci, Superintendent, Glen Rock Public Schools.NJASA Names Three Regional Superintendents of the Year
NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “All three regional superintendents are remarkable educational leaders with vision, imagination, and compassion for the students they serve. Their accomplishments exemplify what every chief education officer should achieve.”
Central Regional winner Birnbaum is a dedicated, hard-working professional who continually strives to improve the quality of education for all students. She is currently the Somerset County representative to the NJASA Curriculum and Instruction Committee. A prolific writer and noted author of curriculum-related materials, she also presents innovative curriculum-related initiatives at state professional development opportunities. At the local level, Birnbaum has been active in the Somerset County Association of School Administrators (SCASA), holding various offices, including that of President, and participating on numerous subcommittees.
Southern Regional winner Raivetz is highly respected in the state and local educational communities, as well as the New Jersey Legislature. An effective spokesperson with over 30 years experience as a school administrator, he assumed the helm of the Haddon Township Public Schools in 1999. An NJASA member since 1986, he has been actively involved in leadership positions on the NJASA Executive Committee and the NJASA Legislative Committee. At the local level, he served as treasurer and secretary of the Camden County Association of School Administrators (CCASA).
Northern Regional winner Verducci, a member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Governing Board Region VI and Past President of the Bergen County Association of School Administrators (BCASA), began his professional career as an educator in 1975. During his career that spans 30 plus years, he has served as superintendent of three districts in Bergen County. He is the 2010 recipient of the BCASA Distinguished Service Award.
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) distinguished record as an educator.
This is the third year of NJASA’s new selection process to choose three regional - Southern, Central and Northern - Superintendents of the Year winners.
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 2011 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. The program, established in 1988 and sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING Foundation, 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 a fifth qualification that addresses service to the Association.
AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2011. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.
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