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Roselle Public Schools Superintendent Resigns to Take Helm in East Orange

Roselle Public Schools Officially Announce the Resignation of Dr. West Credits: Matthew Hersh

EAST ORANGE, NJ -The Roselle Public schools officially announced the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Kevin West on Thursday afternoon. 

Dr. West, officially announced his resignation in August and will become Superintendent of Schools for the East Orange Public Schools on December 1, 2016 or sooner if the Roselle Board of Education concludes its Superintendent search earlier, which is currently underway.

The East Orange Board of Education approved West’s four-year employment contract at its August 25, 2016 meeting. Dr. West had four more years remaining on his employment contract with Roselle at the time, but opted to pursue the East Orange School District, he said.

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TAPinto Roselle covered this mornings event at Roselle's Abraham Clark High School, where the Abraham Clark High School Marine Corps JROTC Academy hosted an honors ceremony presented by the Corps of Cadets in honor of Dr. West for his dedication and commitment to the Roselle Schools and community.

“We will look back fondly on Dr. West’s time in Roselle,” said Roselle Board of Education President Candi Young. “He helped us wade through some challenging waters, but more importantly, our schools achieved many remarkable accomplishments under his watch,” she said.

Young pointed specifically to the district’s graduation rates. Last year, the district graduated 90.2 percent of its students, surpassing the state average of 89.7. The rate was almost a 12-point increase from the previous year and a 16-point increase from 2012.

She also applauded the district’s commitment to health and wellness as every district school has received honors from the nationally-recognized Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

“We are excited to build on Dr. West’s legacy and wish him all the best with his future endeavors,” Young said.

West said his time in Roselle was magnificent and taught him how to create close relationships with school administrators, teachers, support staff, students, parents and community partners in this small district – an “essential part of being an effective educator.”

“Working with the Board of Education and partnering with other community stakeholders, we were able to make incredible strides in improving student achievement, school culture/climate, high school graduation rate, fiscal responsibility, school beautifications/improvements, and parental engagement, just to name a few areas of improvement” Dr. West stated.

“I’ve always said that in addition to having exemplary teachers teaching our children, parents are an essential piece of the puzzle as we prepare our students for college, work and life in high performing schools. I’m proud that these areas that were intentionally improved, will be a legacy of my time here in Roselle, and I’m proud of our staff, students, parents and community for really stepping up and helping us achieve measurable results,” West said.  

Before being hired unanimously by the Board of Education in November 2011, Dr. West had served as the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for over a year prior to his new appointment.

Prior to his time in Roselle, Dr. West, a resident of Irvington, served as the Principal of West Side High School in Newark for one year and as the Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs for five years. Dr. West also taught and served as a Vice Principal and Principal in the Irvington School District from 1982 to 2005. The New Jersey Department of Education named him the 2003 New Jersey Principal of the Year.   

“I thank the Roselle community for the opportunity of allowing me to serve and positively touch so many lives as the Superintendent of Schools here for the past five years. I will always cherish the fond memories that I had meeting and working with incredible people. Roselle is a wonderful community and I’m sure that my successor will continue to lead this school district to excellence and ensure that our students learn, grow, achieve and prosper,” said West.

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