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Guest of the Stable: A “Hoboken Mom”

Hoboken Mom is back with a guest submission.  As usual, we print it in its entirety:

On Tuesday night, Dr. Frank Romano, was hired by the Hoboken Board of Education as the new Superintendent of the Hoboken Public School District. Hoboken currently has an Interim Superintendent, Mr. Carter, a retired Superintendent who came on temporarily until a permanent Superintendent was found. As a retired administrator, Mr. Carter is unable to remain and therefore not in the running for the permanent position.
Dr. Frank Romano is a veteran educator and administrator with over 18 years experience in public education. He began he career in Ramsey as a High School teacher and Staff Developer. He has worked in Tenafly, Millburn and currently is an Assistant Superintendent in Fort Lee.
Dr. Romano was chosen after a through search led by the New Jersey School Board Association. The NJSBA worked with the Board, Hoboken teachers, administrators and the public through various focus groups to devise criteria for the incoming superintendent. The posting for the position was sent to universities, professional associations and website’s across the nation as well as printed in the Star Ledger (paper of record for education jobs in New Jersey).  The response was good as 35 applications were requested and 21 application packets were returned. An application packet included resumes, essays on a variety of topics, examples of work and administrative dealings and references.
Dr. Romano brings with him a strong background in Public School Administration, Curriculum and Technology.  He is known in his previous districts as an innovator, a collaborator, and for his commitment to excel lance in all he does. An “out of the box” thinker, he has a record of finding solutions to fit the needs of all the students in his District. For example, when one or two students wanted AP courses that were unavailable in Fort Lee due to their small size, he immediately arranged for the District to join The Virtual High School Program. In it’s first year, 37 students have already signed up to access the 200 courses offered by the online program.
Many who attended the recent Candidates Forum were stuck by his energy and passion for education and his positive vision for the District.
Dr. Romano will begin on July 1st.

Related: Hoboken.patch.com covered the story last night.  Some comments have come in and it’s worth a very close look.  Maureen Sullivan, one of the two dissenting votes and a member of Kids First has logged in with a comment there.  (And so has Da Horsey.)
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