SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Board of Education announced that Matthew Block will leave his current post as principal at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) to become the District's Director of Human Resources, effective July 1.
The Board is expected to approve Block's appointment at the Workshop Meeting on May 7 at Summit High School. Block has served as the middle school's principal since 2008, and will succeed Interim Director of Human Resources, Dr. Paul Arilotta, who has served since July 1, 2014. The search for a new LCJSMS Principal will commence immediately.
“Mr. Block was a tremendous candidate for this role as Director of Human Resources,” said Superintendent June Chang. “He has a vision for the future of this position and for recruiting and sustaining talented and innovative staff. I look forward to working closely with him in a new capacity.”
During Block's tenure at LCJSMS, he has led teachers through significant curriculum revisions to promote 21st Century skills, cutting edge practices, and the integration of STEAM. He also oversaw the instructional implementation of the sixth grade iPad initiative, and the extensive renovations of the science labs and auditorium. Block was the 2014 recipient of the Summit Educational Foundation's Nora Radest Award for Leadership.
In a letter to parents, Block said, “It has been a highlight of my life to serve the students and families of Summit as Middle School Principal, adding , "As the Director of Human Resources, I plan to continue my efforts to contribute, in a meaningful way, to the success of the Summit Public Schools. Having made Summit my educational home for the past seven years, I have come to understand that the professional team in Summit is a pivotal factor in advancing the mission of our schools.”
Prior to coming to Summit, Block served as Assistant Principal at Edison Intermediate School in Westfield, and then as the Principal of East Hanover Middle School. He began his career as a social studies teacher.
Block earned his B.A. from American University in Public Communication, and his M.A. in Teaching and M. Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. He lives in Caldwell with his wife and two children.
The Board will host a reception Mr. Block prior to the May 7 Workshop Meeting. The reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. outside the Summit High School library. All are welcome to attend.