LINDEN, NJ - Linden Board of Education members voted to appoint Dr. Marnie Hazelton to be the new superintendent of schools, making her the district’s first woman of color to hold the position permanently.

The board held a Special Meeting to hire Hazelton and she will take over the position on July 1 at a salary of $215,000 per year under a five-year contract.

“It is a great honor to be selected to serve as the next superintendent for Linden Public Schools,” Hazelton said. “I am both humbled and eager to work with the Board of Education, students, teachers, and parents to ensure the continued academic success for ALL students in Linden. I have started following students and teachers on various social media platforms; the love and commitment to educating the whole child are very evident in Linden.”

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Denise Cleary, who has served as interim superintendent for the past year, guiding the district through the difficulties associated with COVID-19 and remote learning, was appointed to her former position of assistant superintendent. 

Hazelton previously served as superintendent of schools for the Roosevelt Union Free School District in Roosevelt, NY, for nearly five years. Prior to that position, she served as coordinator for elementary education, and director of state and federal funded programs and grants for Roosevelt.

She holds a doctoral degree in educational policy and leadership from Hofstra University as well as a master’s degree in elementary education and teaching from Brooklyn College.

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