SUMMIT, NJ - Less than a month after being awarded a five-year, $1.2 million contract extension, Summit Superintendent of Schools June Chang has notified the Board of Education that he is leaving his position at the end of this school year, effective June 30, 2020.

According to a press announcement issued by the Summit Public Schools, "Superintendent Chang’s decision is based on his intent to move out of state and pursue opportunities that accommodate the changing needs of his family."

In the release, Chang is quoted as saying, "It was an honor to serve as Superintendent of Summit Public Schools. I’m committed to keeping the focus on the well-rounded success of our students through the end of my tenure,” said Superintendent Chang. 

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Board of Education President Vanessa Primack, in the same press announcement, noted, “While we are sorry to see him leave our district and the State of New Jersey, we wish him and his wife Sophia all the best and every future success. I would like to offer him our appreciation for his dedication to the district and commitment to education."

In a statement on behalf of the Summit Board of Education, Primack says the Board will now undertake one of its most important tasks: Hiring a Superintendent of Schools. 

“The Board will engage in a rigorous interview process with highly qualified candidates who demonstrate that they understand and share our community’s vision of and commitment to excellence in education. I look forward to keeping the community informed and engaged in this important endeavor,” said Primack. 

Chang became Summit Superintendent in March 2015, replacing the retiring Dr. Nathan Parker. Chang came to the Hilltop City after serving as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development for the Midland Park Public Schools in Bergen County.