GREEN BROOK, NJ – The Green Brook Schools, which serve students from pre-Kindergarten to eighth grade, announced this week that Superintendent Richard Labbe is leaving the district. The school system did not announce why Labbe is leaving, and TAP is awaiting a response to an e-mail.
“With the announcement of Dr. Richard Labbe's departure,” wrote the Green Brook Board of Education. “The Board has begun the process of seeking a visionary, collaborative leader to work closely with our parents, educators, and community.”
Green Brook has hired the ECRA Group, an executive search firm from Illinois, to look for a replacement. The school district is asking parents, educators, and members of the community to fill out an online survey to assist with the search. The survey is available to all stakeholders through Monday, June 23.
According to the job ad on Education Week, the board is looking for a candidate with a “track record in significant curricular initiatives and success” and “responds well to the needs and aspirations of a diverse student population.” The salary range for the position is between $145,000 and $166,6000.
This is the second departure in 2014, with Business Administrator Michael Colling leaving for a position in Medford Lakes last February.
The neighboring North Plainfield school district is also in the midst of a search for a Superintendent with the retirement of Marilyn Birnbaum.
The Green Brook schools serve approximately 940 students, almost evenly split between the Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School and the Green Brook Middle School. After eigth grade, students living in Green Brook attend Watchung Hills Regional High School.