WARREN, NJ - Beginning with the shooting death of Heidi Errickson and continuing with tackling declining enrollment and food policies, the 2015-2016 school year was challenging. July 1 marked the changing of the guard as Warren Township Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Nastus said goodbye and new Superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle said hello on Friday.

The Board of Education at its Monday, June 27 meeting praised Nastus for her work.  

“I want to thank you for your presence, your calmness and your consistency during some very difficult and emotional crises that we had,” said Board President Tia Allocco. “It was important to the students and the staff.”

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“I’d like to thank Dr. Nastus for her time here,” said Board member James Sena. “It is what I’d call a unique and difficult year for her, but fortunately, her knowledge and her experience helped us get through those difficult times.

“And on a personal note, having worked with her when I was board president was truly an enjoyable experience. We were fortunate to have her this year.”

Nastus said, “Thank you all. I wish you well and I wish you happiness.”

"I want to thank everybody; It’s been a very challenging experience this year, and obviously starting out very difficult," Nastus said. I was here less than two weeks and the way people pulled together in a crisis set the tone for me and did not surprise me. Everybody’s been there since."

Nastus began her term just after Warren Township Schools' Heidi Errickson, and her brother Frederick Errickson Jr. were shot and killed.

 

Mingle said in an email release,

Dear Warren Township families and staff,

I am honored to begin my tenure as your Superintendent of Schools. The Warren Township School District enjoys a well-deserved reputation of excellence thanks to the efforts of an incredible staff, supportive parents and community members, dedicated Board of Education members, and most importantly, the wonderful students who bring our schools to life each day.

Since my appointment in January, I have had the opportunity to tour the district facilities, meet with members of the leadership team and visit classrooms, all in an effort to learn as much as I can about what makes Warren Township so special. I will continue on this path for the next several months as I schedule meetings with school and district staff, community leaders, members of the Board of Education, and our partners in neighboring school communities.

I am most proud to join a community that prioritizes its schools. Despite constant reform efforts at the state and national levels, we know what works in public education. The whole child approach provides a framework and a name for what all educators and parents know in their hearts - “Each child, in each school, in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.” When that aim is the reality, students thrive. I intend to use this philosophy as a guidepost as we examine challenging situations and make critical decisions about the future of our schools.

Finally, I would like to recognize the work done by Dr. Elizabeth Nastus who served as Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2015-16 school year. In a year of challenges, Dr. Nastus maintained the high standards of the district and I appreciate her support during the transition.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer! 

Sincerely,

Matthew A. Mingle, Ed.D.