MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Board of Education has announced the appointment of new interim superintendent, Dr. Nathan Parker.

The announcement took place during a special Board meeting held on Thursday night at the George Inness Annex.

Parker, who had retired in 2015, will be coming out of retirement to take the interim position.

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He had served as superintendent of Summit School District, prior to his retirement, superintendent in the Orange School District from 2003 to 2008 and Upper Saddle River from 1991 to 2003.

Outgoing superintendent Dr. Kendra Johnson, was in attendance during the special meeting. A meeting, that will be her last in Montclair. She has been superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools since April 2018 and announced her resignation on July 12, stating that she was seeking personal wellness, in her decision to leave the Montclair School District.

Montclair School officials announced, during the meeting, that Johnson had requested to be released from her contractal obligation early so that she can move into her new position as Community Superintendent in Howard County Schools in Maryland. 

Parents spoke at the meeting to thank Johnson for her committment to the community and expressed that having Johson to serve as the first African American superintendent of the Montclair Public Schools, was important for the community. 

The Board members each thanked Johnson for her service to Montclair. Johnson responded by thanking the community and staff. 

“Though my time has been short, it’s been well spent,” she said.

She also praised the families, saying, “There’s amazing staff members, amazing families and amazing children...[in Montclair].”

Refreshments were served at the end of the meeting as a farewell to Johnson.

Parker will be in attendance during the Montclair Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 19, 2019 in the George Inness Annex Atrium, located at 141 Park Street.