MONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar was named 2016 Morris County Superintendent of the Year by the Morris County School Boards Association.

“We are truly proud of this distinction, and recognize her strengths as an academic leader each and every day,” Montville Township Board of Education President Matthew Kayne said, when he announced the award at the April 4 Board of Education meeting. “We all have become used to her tireless energy, quick and thoughtful decisions, vast knowledge base and great visibility.”

Kayne also quoted Assistant Superintendent Casey Shorter, who said he is “approached at various workshops by many of her colleagues and they always praise her and appreciate the advice and guidance she provides. Dr. Rovtar is highly respected, as well, by her colleagues for her work.”

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Kayne said that Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Andrea Woodring had said, “René has a work ethic that puts her head and shoulders above other educational leaders. The average person would get tired just looking at her calendar of activities, but René is not average.”

Kayne then quoted Anne Mucci, last year’s president of the Morris County Association of School Administrators, as writing, “René Rovtar is a legend in our county. She is widely respected by all of her colleagues. When nominations and voting came up for the Morris County superintendent of the year, René was immediately nominated and quickly received tremendous support from the membership. By selecting Dr. René Rovtar, Morris County is sending forth the best we have to offer, a compassionate, selfless leader who embodies a strong commitment to public education.”

Rovtar will be considered, along with 20 other counties’ superintendents of the year, for the New Jersey Association of School Administrators’ superintendent of the year for the entire state of New Jersey.

Kayne presented Rovtar with flowers and a proclamation on behalf of the board at the April 4 meeting, and Rovtar said, “I’m overwhelmed. I’m not a spotlight kind of person. I work because I love it. To be recognized for doing something [I love], it makes your heart feel good.”

Rovtar has been Montville Township Public Schools superintendent since 2015.

To read more about Rovtar click: Leaders of Montville.

Teacher Anthony Sia Honored

Montville Township High School teacher Anthony Sia was recently honored by the Chamber of Commerce for his work with the high school’s School of Rock music club (read about it here), and the Board of Education recognized his achievement at the meeting, presenting Sia with a certificate of achievement.

Sia is advisor of the MTHS club, which presents musical performances and often donates all proceeds to a charity.

“We are extremely proud of you for having been selected as the Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Public Service Award honoree,” Rovtar said. “We take for granted all that you do, because you do so much, and the work you do with School of Rock, and the many organizations that benefit from the performances. Congratulations for your recognition within the Township of Montville.”

Board Member Michael Johnson said that he was impressed with the comradery in the classroom he saw when he was a student viewing the School of Rock gatherings.

Bowling Team

The 2016-2017 MTHS Bowling Team was also honored at the meeting, in the wake of being honored at the Feb. 28 Montville Township Committee meeting (read about it here).

“They were Parkway Lanes New Years Team Champions, NJAC Southern Division Conference champions, Morris County Tournament Champions for the fourth consecutive year, they had an overall record of 14-0 and were the eighth-place team in New Jersey,” said Rovtar. “Individually, we also had some incredible performances. Eric Kattermann had a perfect 300 score at the Morris County Tournament, Peter Ho was All County and All Conference first teams and Eric was All County, All Conference and All State first teams. Tremendous accomplishments – we are incredibly proud of you and wanted to celebrate your success.”

The team, Coach Wayne Guarino, and Sia shook board members’ hands and posed for photos.