MADISON, NJ – The new year will bring a fresh addition to the Madison school district: Director of Special Services Dr. Frank Santora, who was appointed on Tuesday by a unanimous Board of Education vote.
Superintendent Mark Schwarz recommended Santora to the Board, and said he looks forward to working with the district’s newest addition when he begins his duties next year.
“We’re so pleased with Dr. Santora, and we’re very, very excited to have him here,” Schwarz said.”
Santora currently works as the director of special services for Saddle Brook schools in Bergen County, a district serving students in pre-K through 12th grade. He began his educational career in Westfield as a school psychologist, but said he wanted to do more for students.
“What I began to be inspired by (in Westfield) is looking at how districts can create greater programming so my vision became much larger,” he said. “The bulk of my work has focused on special education, but I have worked with other administrators on expanding programming across the district for all students.”
He later became the supervisor of special services for Union Township before signing on with Saddle Brook.
Santora said he is excited to join Madison Public Schools because of the level of commitment and dedication he sees in parents districtwide.
“What always impresses me about (Madison) is its vitality,” he said in address to parents and the Board at Tuesday’s meeting. “This district speaks to me personally because I see myself as not only a special services administrator, but a leader for the community.
“I feel that I will not only be able to assist the district in attaining its goals but enhance its scope and focus by working with you as parents, community members, students and other staff to access various levels of supports that exist within Madison and the surrounding the area.”
Though he was appointed on Tuesday, Santora will not begin work until next year, with a tentative start date of Jan. 29.
Santora received a Doctorate in educational leadership in 2014 from the College of Saint Elizabeth. He has also obtained a specialist degree in school psychology and a Master’s degree in educational psychology from Kean University in Union and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Caldwell College, now known as Caldwell University.
He currently resides in Chatham Township with his wife, Jaclyn, and their 13-month-old daughter, Teresa.