SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta School District held a job fair on Saturday, May 6.  Sparta High School’s cafeteria and gymnasium were filled with activity as every administrator, building principal and supervisor was on hand to conduct interviews.

“I was expecting about 40-50 applicants,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Rossi said, “and we ended up with about 500 people.”

“With nine or 10 retirements, five new position and about six vacancies and maternity leave replacements, there are about two dozen positions to fil,” Rossi said.  In addition, they plan to keep a roster of the top applicants for future openings.

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From the minute they walked through the doors the applicants were immersed in Sparta.  From the blue and white balloons to the staff wearing their Sparta-wear, there was an atmosphere of Spartan pride. 

The applicants were greeted at the door. After they signed in they got name tags and district information to look over as they waited for their turn.  Snacks and drinks were available for all in the cafeteria. 

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Dr. Daniel Johnson called the names of the applicants and National Honor Society students escorted them to the gymnasium for their interview.  In the gym, administrators and directors were waiting at tables to speak with the applicants.

Some comments from Sparta’s guests included “awesome,” “awesome process” and “very well organized.”

Rossi echoed the “awesome” comment adding “there is such pride here today.”

Sparta High School Honor Society students Nadir Hassan, Sara Vincelette, Victoria Montesano and Ryan Ryerson were always moving;  Escorting applicants, running names and generally making sure every need was met.

“It went really well,” Johnson said.

“It was an exciting and well organized event,” Rossi said.  “It showed the community a high level of professionalism.”

Hiring decisions will be made over the next few months.