When Lamont Repollet takes over as Asbury Park's new schools superintendent next month, he'll be carrying a white hard hat at his side. The hat, Repollet says, is a message to his students, and the community: Just like a construction worker, he's ready to rebuild this struggling school district from the bottom up.
The school district’s newly appointment superintendent Lamont Repollet secured a five-year contract with the school board on Tuesday.
The Asbury Park Board School District has a new chief schools administrator. Carteret High School Principal Dr. Lamont Repollet was issued a five-year contract effective September 29, 2014 at $157,500 per year for the balance of the current school year and for a further term of four years. His salary for the 2013-2014 school year will be pro-rated.
Last week, the divided Asbury Park Board of Education finally accomplished something that it had been unwilling or unable to do for months: reach a consensus on a new school superintendent.
The city’s school district has selected a new leader. The Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday to appoint Lamont Repollet, principal of Carteret High School, as its permanent superintendent.
With two eager elementary children prancing at her side, Erin Hicks walked up to the reopened Barack H. Obama Elementary School with a smile of relief. For the first time since her now second-grade son started kindergarten, Hicks has an elementary school in her neighborhood.
Students at Bradley Elementary School walked in for their first day of school Thursday to see faculty and staff dressed in athletic clothes and shouting this year’s school theme “One Team, One Goal.” The theme expresses the school administration’s vision to work together with faculty, staff and parents to ensure students’ success, according to school principal Thea Jackson.
On Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7:50 a.m., the first official school day will begin for district students, including those who will attend the newly re-opened Barack Obama Elementary School. Late last week, teachers put the finishing touches on their classrooms and bulletin boards as elementary students will be returning to the building for the first time since 2011, according to Chanta L. Jackson, the district’s director of communication.
The city's school district will move forth with its search for a superintendent after the school board's preferred candidate was vetoed twice by the state, school officials say.
The city's school district has taken another step backward in its quest to find a schools superintendent. State monitor Carole Morris vetoed the Board of Education's choice for an interim superintendent just one month before students are set to return to school.
Everybody knows the old definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome every time. Well, not exactly everybody. At least five members of the Asbury Park Board of Education apparently do not get it.
Sitting at the end of the dais, stoic and with arms crossed, state monitor Carole Morris remained silent to much of the turmoil swirling around her.
The man seeking to turn around the city's public school district grew up in poverty, yet became the first in his family to attend college. Gregory Allen, the Board of Education's choice to head the schools on an interim basis, said he was raised in a rural, poverty-ridden section of Englishtown marked by dirt roads, farms and forest.
Asbury Park's school system is broken.
But it can be fixed.
Success stories from across the state and the nation abound.
The Asbury Park school board cannot continue to act like Congress, constantly at loggerheads and accomplishing nothing. Asbury’s children deserve better than that. We’ve had our fill of a school board that will not stop bickering and pontificating long enough to do its job: bettering the lives of public school children.