Assembly clears bill allowing interim superintendents to stay on the job longer

Assembly clears bill allowing interim superintendents to stay on the job longer

Kevin J. Rooney

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly today approved legislation allowing retired school superintendents to keep their jobs as interim replacements for more than two years. Under the bill (A5375), the education commissioner can make an exception to the two-year cap on employment when it is in the best interest of the school district.

“We want to emphasize the importance of maintaining strong leadership in our schools,” said Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney (R-Bergen), a bill sponsor. “Consistency and continuity delivers a more efficient experience for our children and leads to better educational outcomes.”

The bill ensures students do not suffer during often lengthy leadership transitions.

“When superintendent comes into a job, there’s a lot of work to be done,” said Rooney. “Goals aren’t always achievable within the first two years. It can make sense to leave the administrator in the job long enough to complete the job.”