The Edison Board of Education approved the contract of the new superintendent Dr. Bernard F. Bragen, Jr. on Monday, November 25th. Dr. Bragen is no stranger to Edison and has served previously as a Vice-Principal of James Madison Intermediate School and Assistant Principal at John P. Stevens High School. According to the official contract, his term will commence on December 9th, 2019 and will end on June 30th, 2023. He will receive an annual salary of $245,000. His contract does not include any allowances for performance or merit bonuses.
Edison school district had been without a permanent superintendent since Dr. Richard O’Malley left the district in June 2018, after furnishing his resignation in April of that year. Soon after his departure Margaret Contaldi, who is the head of Human Resources, was appointed as the Acting Superintendent until Paul Saxton was hired as an Interim Superintendent. However, Mr. Saxton left mid-way through his tenure, and Margaret Contaldi was re-appointed as the Acting Superintendent. It is expected that the appointment of Dr. Bragen will bring the stability to the district.
Based on Dr.Bragen’s bio available on the Monmouth University website -- where he served as the President of the Monmouth County Superintendents’ Roundtable, and member of the Executive Board since 2011) -- “Dr. Bragen had been the superintendent of the Hazlet Township Public Schools since November 1, 2011. His educational experience includes working as a special education teacher, learning disabilities teacher consultant, supervisor of special services, assistant principal, principal, and as assistant superintendent in the Hazlet Township Public Schools prior to his appointment as superintendent. Dr. Bragen holds Masters degrees in both special education and educational leadership, and a doctorate in educational leadership. He helped oversee the implementation of several initiatives that have had a profound impact on the students in the Hazlet School District, including district reconfiguration, the creation of the Explorer Program-Early College Academy, and the one-to-one Chromebook Program.”