SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education unanimously approved the new superintendent in a special meeting on Thursday night. In the auditorium of Mohawk Avenue School, Dr Michael Rossi was approved for a three-and-a-half-year contract, beginning Dec 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020 according to the agenda.
His wife and daughter were in attendance as well.
In a motion by Todd Muth and seconded by Kim Bragg the other four board members, May Abdo-Matwiksky, Kelly McEvoy, Jack Surdoval and Karen Scott all approved the only item on the agenda.
Congratulating Rossi, current superintendent Dennis Tobin said, “I am quite certain you will do well here. We have an excellent staff, outstanding students, supportive community and cooperative board.”
Next, board of education President Scott said, “Welcome. While we are sad our beloved Dennis is leaving us we are looking forward to working with you.”
Scott explained Bragg and McEvoy visited Rossi’s current district of Madison and “everybody said the same thing- they are sad to see him go.”
Rossi has been the superintendent of the Madison school district since 2012. His most recent contract was a three-year deal signed in June 2015. Prior to Madison Rossi was superintendent in Roxbury and Lopatcong, a K-8 school district in Warren county.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development Dr. Daniel Johnson said he was also a candidate for the job but he said he “could not be more excited to begin working with him.”
In a statement Johnson said he had known Rossi previously and “commended the Sparta Board of Education for conducting an excellent search that, in the end, found an exception education leader who will continue to move Sparta forward.
“I am happy to be given the opportunity to be one of the first people to publicly welcome Dr. Rossi to the Sparta School District. Dr. Rossi’s reputation in the state of New Jersey precedes him. He comes to us with a wealth of experience leading successful school districts."
Johnson concluded, “I could not be more excited to begin working with him and I look forward to all of the great things that we will do as a team. The Sparta School District is truly fortunate.”
Rossi’s previous contract with Madison was for $157,500. The new contract with the Sparta Board of Education is for $167,500. Both contracts represent the salaries commensurate with the state imposed salary cap.