SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – School District Business Administrator Anthony Tonzini is the second high-ranking official to leave the township in the last month.

Tonzini submitted his resignation on March 11, and it was accepted unanimously by the Board of Education, albeit begrudgingly, Monday night.

“I consider Anthony to be one of the best, if not the best business administrators in New Jersey,” Board Member Harry Delgado said. “The finances of the district could not have been in better hands. It is with deep regret that I vote tonight to accept his resignation.”

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Tonzini has helmed the business affairs for the approximately $150 million per year school district for more than a decade, taking over for Jeffrey Scott.

“It’s time for a change,” Tonzini said following the meeting.

He will stay on the job until June 30 when the contracts for the current year end.

Tonzini is the second high-ranking member of the administration to leave the district in the last month.

Assistant Superintendent Joanne Kerekes submitted her resignation and will leave the district on Friday after more than 30 years.

Ironically, Tonzini’s resignation was voted on and announced during her last board meeting Monday night.

Board members praised both employees for their service and gave them standing ovations during each tribute to them.

Delgado said that the many audits of district finances during Tonzini’s tenure as administrator were “always in exceptional order.”

“We certainly owe him a great deal of gratitude for the respect he has brought to this district,” Delgado said. “I consider him to be really the definition of integrity.”

Schools Superintendent Dr. Jerry Jellig announced earlier in the month that Maribeth Edmunds would be taking over for Kerekes, but did not say Monday night who might be taking over for Tonzini.

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