CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove Superintendent of Schools Michael Fetherman is leaving the Cedar Grove school district at the end of the academic year.  Fetherman has been with the district since 2009, starting out as Cedar Grove High School principal in 2009 and taking on the role of superintendent in 2013.  He was approved as the new head of the Mountain Lakes School District at a Mountain Lakes Board of Education meeting Monday night.

Fetherman announced his departure in an email to parents on Tuesday.  He stated:  "I am sincerely grateful and humbled by the opportunities the Cedar Grove Board of Education has afforded me and my family.  Serving as your superintendent the past seven years has truly been the highlight of my career.  In the time that I have been part of this school community, we have fostered partnerships that allowed us to enhance the learning environment on behalf of our students.  Collectively, we have truly aligned with a vision of progress for the Cedar Grove School District."

"Mr. Fetherman has been a great asset to the district for the last 11 years. As a district we are in a better place as a result of his leadership, and we have accomplished a lot," said Board of Education president Christine Dye.  "While we are sad to see him leave, we wish him well in his new chapter and as a Board we look forward to continuing advancing the district and doing great things with our next leader."

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Next steps for the Cedar Grove will be to post the position as soon as possible and begin interviewing qualified candidates.  Fetherman's contract in Cedar Grove ends Aug 5.

"I was on the board seven years ago when we conducted our last superintendent search, so I have navigated the process before," Dye noted.  "I am confident that we will find the right person to continue the progress and ensure the continued success of the Cedar Grove School District." 

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