BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Board Of Education has appointed Dr. Richard Noonan to the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools in the Berkeley Heights School District effective October 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.
Doug Reinstein, president of the Berkeley Heights Board of Education, made the announcement at the Thursday, Sept. 27, meeting of the board. Noonan will receive $671 a day and no other compensation, pending the approval of the board's attorney and the Union County Superintendent of Schools.
Noonan will replace Judith A. Rattner, who has announced her retirement as Superintendent of Schools after having served in that capacity for the past 13 years.
Noonan is currently employed as a Program Consultant for the Science Leadership Academy High School and The Workshop School, both in Philadelphia.
Noonan is familiar with the role of interim superintendent. He served as the Interim Superintendent of Schools in the Madison School District from December 2016 through August 2017, some six years after he retired from the position of Superintendent and moved to Pennsylvania. He had served as Madison's superintendent from 2004 - 2010.
According to published reports at the time of his return as Madison's interim superintendent, Noonan received $605 per day, plus his New Jersey pension of $108,061. When he retired from the district in 2010, his annual salary was $228,000.
Before his time in Madison, Dr. Noonan served as the Superintendent of Schools in Somerset Hills and Rumson school districts, and, following his retirement from the Madison district, as superintendent of the Wallingford-Swarthmore (Pennsylvania) school district -- an assignment he began on Oct. 1, 2010. He served as a school superintendent for a total of 22 years.
Rattner will continue in her role as Superintendent of Schools through October 18, during which time she will work with Dr. Noonan to ensure a smooth transition of leadership for the Berkeley Heights Public Schools. Following the meeting, Reinstein said he does not know the exact date Noonan will start in the district.
The Board of Education is currently in the process of choosing a consulting firm to assist with the search for new permanent Superintendent of Schools, with the goal of appointing that individual by July 1, 2019.