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    Contact Anne H. Gallagher

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    The 2013 New Jersey Association of School Administrators Central Regional Superintendent of the Year Dr. Albert K. Brown is available to comment on education-related issues.


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    Trenton, New Jersey, October 23, 2012.... Dr. Albert K. Brown, Shared Chief Education Officer, Stratford School District and Laurel Springs School District was selected the 2013 New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year. He was introduced on October 23rd at the Opening General Session of the Annual Fall Workshop in Atlantic City. The workshop is co-sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA), the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).


    2013 is the fifth year of NJASA’s new process to name three regional – Northern, Central and Southern – Superintendent of the Year winners. The two other chief education officers joining Brown are: Northern Regional winner – Dr. Daniel Fishbein, Chief Education Officer, Ridgewood Public Schools; and Central Regional winner – Dr. Christopher M. Manno, Chief Education Officer, Burlington Township School District.


    NJASA Executive Director Richard G. Bozza said, “Al Brown, an NJASA member and chief education officer, is an excellent role model for all aspiring chief education officers to emulate. He is a results-oriented educator who continually strives to improve the quality of education for all students through his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm.


    Curriculum initiatives, a hallmark of Brown’s instructional leadership, provide the students of Stratford School District and Laurel Springs School District with several unique and innovative programs from reading recovery, to the implementation of a full-day Kindergarten and the School Choice Program.


    His leadership provided the foundation of a Send/Receive Relationship to allow Hi Nella students to attend the Stratford District for Pre-K to 6th grade. This agreement was approved by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education and will be phased in over a five-year period. Tuition from Hi Nells for the 2012-2013 school year is $98,220 and will increase yearly until 2016.


    Southern Regional winner Brown, a member of NJASA since 1996, began his professional career as teacher of Mathematics in the Egg Harbor Township High School. During his career that spans 25 plus years, he has served as superintendent of three districts in South Jersey. Brown was among the first to serve as superintendent in two contiguous school districts, balancing his time in support of both communities. His educational diplomacy managed to yield a positive outcome for both districts. He also climbed the leadership ladder of the Camden County Association of School Administrators and served as its President in 2007-2008.




    Each NJASA 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.


    The next step in the process for the three regional winners will be the selection of a New Jersey candidate to participate in the American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year Award. A committee of NJASA Past Presidents will select the 2013 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 2013. The recipient of this prestigious honor will receive a $10,000 college scholarship for a student at the high school where the superintendent graduated.


    NJASA Southern Regional Superintendent of the Year Brown is a former Mayor, Township Committeeman and Planning Board Member of Winslow Township. Currently, he is a resident of Hammonton.



    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.


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