ROSELLE, NJ - The Roselle Board of Education hired Richard R. Corbett of Parsippany on Monday night as interim superintendent, just weeks following the departure of former superintendent, Dr. Kevin West. 

“Dr. Corbett’s installation precedes a comprehensive search for a permanent superintendent,” said Board of Education President Candi Young. “We’ve achieved so much in the past several years and we’re on track to continue our progress, but continuing that progress requires strong leadership and in Dr. Corbett we’ve found someone who can build a bridge connecting past successes and the promise of our district’s future,” she said.

“Part of arriving at the best future for our students is having an effective administrator who brings a fresh perspective while working with a board of education that has a deep knowledge of our community,” Young added. “We expect Dr. Corbett to lead from the top and we wish him the best of luck.”

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Dr. Corbett comes to Roselle after serving in dual capacities of Superintendent and Principal of Hardyston Township (2012-2016) and East Newark (2007-2012) school districts. He has also served as Principal of Shepard Academy in Morristown, Executive Director of Youth & Young Adult Services in Newark.

“Our students need us today and I’ll begin task by listening attentively to the people of Roselle to look at our successes and challenges,” Dr. Corbett said, adding that a key part of that initial effort will require effective communication and educational innovation that “inspires students to learn and leadership that invigorates teachers.

“I will begin by analyzing the effectiveness of current strategies aimed at improving student achievement and addressing the achievement gap. What are we doing now? Is it working? Why or why not?” he said.

Dr. Corbett concluded his remarks with an emphasis on establishing a collaborative relationship with the Board of Education as a means of “creating a positive school climate.”

Dr. Corbett’s interim term begins immediately and will expire June 30, 2017.