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    Press Release

    Contact Anne H. Gallagher

    NJASA Director of Communications

    609-599-2900, ext. 126






    Dr. Roy R. Montesano, the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year and the Superintendent of the Ramsey Public School District is available to discuss education-related issues.



    Trenton, New Jersey, October 24, 2011 ... Dr. Roy R. Montesano, Superintendent, Ramsey Public School District, was selected New Jersey's 2012 candidate for the American Association of School Administrators' (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Award by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA).


    NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “Roy is a top-notch chief education officer. His proven track record of meeting the needs of the students and the communities have won him numerous accolades from his peers. He is a results-oriented educator who continually strives to improve the educational quality for all students through his knowledge and experience.”


    The NJASA procedure names three regional – Northern, Central and Southern – Superintendent of the Year winners prior to selection of the State Superintendent of the Year. Montesano, Northern Regional winner, was joined by the Southern Regional winner – Geraldine Carroll, Superintendent and Director of Curriculum, Lindenwold Public Schools, and the Central Regional winner – Theresa J. Pollifrone-Sinatra, Superintendent, Metuchen Public Schools.


    Dr. Montesano is highly respected in both the state and local educational communities. An effective spokesperson with over 25 years experience as a school administrator, he assumed the helm of the Ramsey Public School District in 2006. Previously, he served as Superintendent of the Westwood Regional School District for six years.


    He is President of the Bergen County Association of School Administrators (BCASA). In addition, he is the recipient of the Bergen County Elementary and Middle Schools Administrators Association (BCEMSAA) Administrative Excellence Award.


    Under his tutelage, the district has accomplished the following:

    • Launched a successful 21st Century Learning Initiative emphasizing skills that prepare students for their future, not our past.
    • Developed an in-house Professional Development Academy (R.E.A.L.) Ramsey Education Academy of Learning ensuring staff members receive training on current research based strategies to improve student success.
    • Maintained a high level of student success with test scores consistently above State and DFG levels. Consistently having over 90% of graduates continuing their education. A vibrant co-curricular program with student athletes being recognized at the league, county and state levels and band and choral programs that have been recognized nationally and internationally.
    • Recognized Ramsey High School as one of the Top 75 high schools in the state by NJ Monthly magazine.


    The Superintendent of the Year earned his Doctorate from Fordham University and his master’s from Seton Hall University. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.


    A committee of NJASA Past Presidents selected Montesano to represent New Jersey in the 2012  National Superintendent of the Year Program. The national award, established in 1988, is sponsored by ARAMARK Education, ING Foundation, and AASA, and 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 to the Association.


    Each Regional Superintendent of the Year 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.


    AASA will announce the National Superintendent of the Year at its Annual Conference on Education in February 2012. 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