RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph Board of Education has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. David Browne. The announcement came at a special meeting on Monday night at Randolph High School.
Tammy MacKay, BOE president, announced that his resignation will be effective at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 27, for the purpose of retirement, and stated the following:
"In accordance with the State Department of Education rules, an agreement governing his separation from the district has been formally approved by the Commissioner of Education.
The Board and Dr. Browne determined that it was in the best interest of both parties to end the employment relationship at this time. The board reviewed this matter closely and determined that the separation agreement reached with Dr. Browne was the most appropriate course of action for moving forward in a timely and cost effective manner.
Dr. Browne’s contract with the district runs through June 30, 2018. The separation agreement reached with Dr. Browne provides him with three months of compensation and the payout of contractually required unused sick and vacation days.
Due to the sensitive nature of this matter and the legal issues associated with any personnel decision, any questions regarding the board’s separation agreement with Dr. Browne will be directed to our attorney.
In addition, and effective upon Dr. Browne’s resignation, the board formally changed Ms. Jennifer Fano’s title from Acting Superintendent to Interim Superintendent as we undergo the process of filling the superintendent position."
A BOE subcommittee has been formed to begin the search to fill the Superintendent position.
The next BOE meeting will take place on Nov. 9.
MacKay also said the following in a Randolph Schools Communication Tuesday morning:
"For the time being she will continue to serve as Assistant Superintendent as well. Ms. Fano has been an integral part of the school community for a long time and she is well-known and much respected here. The Board has great confidence in Ms. Fano’s ability and appreciates her willingness to take on these responsibilities.
As you may be aware, the school board and administrative staff are constrained by law from discussing certain aspects of personnel matters, so you may have questions about this transition we are unable to answer.
Be assured, as Interim Superintendent, Ms. Fano’s foremost responsibility is to ensure that students receive the finest education we can deliver. With the dedicated staff of Randolph Township Schools behind her, we are confident we will.
At the October 26 Board of Education meeting, the Board decided to begin the process to fill the Superintendent position.
Students, we thank you for your continued hard work. Parents and other members of the community, we appreciate your support."