I am sorry to report that I will be stepping down as Superintendent of the Millburn Schools, effective March 1, 2015.
As I shared with my staff earlier this morning, there are forces at work in New Jersey that make it very difficult for a "mid career" superintendent to stay in the Garden State without making some rather serious compromises regarding family financial security that nobody with a choice, in any profession, would make willingly. As a result, I have accepted an offer from a district in a nearby state that doesn't have such an approach to executive leadership in its schools, and I feel fortunate to have found a district that meets the bar Millburn has set in my mind. Needless to say, that is high! Unfortunately, that means my wife, Deb, and I will be leaving the town (Summit) where we raised both our children and where we have lived since 1991, but we're empty nesters now so that will take the edge off a little bit.
When I came to Millburn in 2010, I always thought this would be the place where I finish out my career, as I can think of no better district. Anywhere. However, it now looks like the state regulations are not going to change, so I have to change my career (and life) plans accordingly.I also told my staff I'd rather not dwell on the negatives. I sometimes shake my head at how that happens so often in this community, with the absolutely amazing schools we have here, so I had better lead by example and keep it positive. Which is actually not hard to do, because I am truly appreciative of the Millburn community, Board of Education, staff, students AND, last but not least, parents. Your support over the past four and a half years has been awesome (sustaining, really), and I cannot in words express in words how grateful I am for it.
We have much important work to get done in the coming months, and I want you to know that I'll be doing my best to ensure the Millburn schools keep reflecting your priorities and keep providing to your children the very best educational experience going. In the end, that's what really matters.