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Mam'k Superintendent to Head Schools in Montville, NJ

Mamaroneck Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried will be heading up the schools in Montville, New Jersey beginning on July 1.

Despite cancellation of school due to snow, an e-mail announcement from the Mamaroneck schools on Wednesday, February 11 announced Dr. Fried’s plans. Included in the message was a release from the Montville Board of Education.

Dr. Fried announced last July that he would be retiring from Mamaroneck at the end of June, 2010.

On February 2, the Mamaroneck School Board President Linnet Tse informed the community that the search for a new superintendent had been narrowed to three candidates. With the help of search consultants from Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Ltd (HYA), board members have been engaged in the search since last October. (See:  In A Challenging Climate for Supt. Search, Board Picks Consultants.)

MONTVILLE SCHOOLS TO APPOINT NEW SUPERINTENDENT, DR. PAUL R. FRIED

MONTVILLE, NJ, February 9, 2010 – The Montville Township Board of Education announced that Dr. Paul R. Fried will be appointed Superintendent of the Montville Township School District at a Special Board meeting on February 18th, with July 1 being his official start date in the District. Dr. Fried, who comes to Montville with a depth of leadership experience in education — and in similarly high achieving districts — is currently the Superintendent of the Mamaroneck Public Schools in Westchester County, New York.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Fried join us as our new superintendent and are confident that his track record for establishing collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders will help move our district forward,” says Montville Board President Jon Alin.

Known for his thoughtful and creative leadership, Dr. Fried began his career as an elementary school teacher and worked for many years as an elementary school principal in Ossining. He then went on to become Ossining’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Human Resources. Dr. Fried earned his BA and MA from SUNY New Paltz and his Ed.D.from Teachers College Columbia University, where he also has served as an adjunct professor.

Upon being offered the position Dr. Fried expressed his excitement in coming to Montville. “I am very appreciative to have the opportunity to join an outstanding school district. Montville enjoys a wonderful reputation, and I am pleased to have the chance to work collaboratively with all constituencies to move the District forward. I plan to spend the day in the District on February 18th and look forward to meeting students, staff and parents.”

In announcing Dr. Fried’s departure from the District, the Mamaroneck Schools wrote: “Under Dr. Fried’s leadership, Mamaroneck has soared to new heights. For the first time, the District has developed a system for setting measurable goals for all key areas of work, including student learning, which has enabled much progress to be made in the areas of curriculum consistency and development. A structure now in place creates a highly organized process for teacher goal setting, observation and evaluation, and raises expectations and support for quality teaching. Additionally, the District has significantly and positively changed its relationship with the Mamaroneck Teachers Association (MTA)….he has paid special interest to: early learning and intervention….technology – bringing the District to the 21st century with updated financial, student database, and communications systems.”

Between now and July 1, Dr. Fried will work on developing a plan for meeting and becoming acquainted with all of the District’s constituencies, including parents, staff, community members, and municipal leaders. Dr. Fried recognizes that the District must fill some key leadership positions in the next few months and he looks forward to working with administration, teacher, staff and parent leaders to accomplish this important task.

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10 comments to Mam’k Superintendent to Head Schools in Montville, NJ

  • taxpayer

    Well, I guess he will commute from Ossining in order not to uproot his family. Doing so, he will save on property taxes, just like in Mamaroneck, and no doubt clock up serious car allowance, what with those pesky 46 miles between the two cities.

  • taxpayer

    Well, I guess he will commute from Ossining in order not to uproot his family. Doing so, he will save on property taxes, just like in Mamaroneck, and no doubt clock up serious car allowance, what with those pesky 46 miles between the two cities.
    Source http://www.nj.com/news/local/index.ssf/2010/02/montville_to_select_new_school.html

  • impressed

    I am so impressed by Dr Fried’s dedication to the district, making sure the transition will be smooth. We are blessed to have benefitted from 4 years of his leadership. Now Montville NJ will be blessed too. In most private companies, CEOs or top managers stay much longer. But in Education, you see, in order to share the blessings, they switch over much faster, all for the benefit of the districts and the children first, of course.

    • Anon E Mous

      impressed ?

      That someone is fulfilling his contract?

      That our schools district could hire a former assistant superintendent but had no development and succession plan in place for its assistant superintendents and the upcoming vacancy in the superintendent’s position, requiring expenditures for a consultant to conduct a national search?

      Are we in our current messes because we expect to much or expect to little?

      As Peter DeVries said, ‘I am not impressed by the Ivy League establishments. Of course they graduate the best – it’s all they’ll take, leaving to others the problem of educating the country. They will give you an education the way the banks will give you money – provided you can prove to their satisfaction that you don’t need it.’

      • Planning

        Succession planning – don’t get me started on that…..good point, but M’neck is mainly following the mainstream. Since the Super replacement process is akin to musical chairs, it is not in the Super or Hiring consultants interests to have too large a pool of successors : if more Asst-Supers can make it to Supers it would reduce the number of searches, reduce the considerable salary hikes that switching supers earn (I can’t wait for the District community to learn about the salary of Dr Fried’s successor – one thing I know it that it will NOT be same or lower). So the Superintendent has no incentive whatsoever in developing his subordinates, who actually play exactly the same game of musical chairs at their level (look at the Asst Super turnover of late), just like the Principals etc….. In order for this to evolve, the Districts ought to either bring leaders from outside Ed, or to set people management goals to the Supers. But, you see, with Children First, this is not top of the agenda.

        • Anon E Mous

          Succession planning – Wish one could get you started speaking on that :-) Wish one could get the school district started on that. But as you say, the latter is at least like swimming upstream.

          That phrase we hear is ‘Children first’. Politically, it’s like mom and apple pie. But really we’re only putting the children first in the line to inherit the debt and the mess those who are supposed to be adults are leaving behind.

          Sorry for the directness of these words, but perhaps if someone had listened more carefully earlier, that Bernie thing might not have reached its awful climax.

          Sorry for the directness of these words, but perhaps if someone had thought more carefully earlier, that bank and financial mess we’re in might not have reached this awful climax.

          Hopefully, quickly, we’ll now listen and think more carefully than has been done so far in our school district and community. Perhaps we’ll remember the words of Richard Whately, ‘A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor’s.’

  • momin10538

    This is so disappointing. Does this man actually receive a pension once he has provided his service to this district for ?4 or 5 years??? I presume ‘impressed’ is sarcastic… Things have become increasingly complicated since Dr. Fried arrived and his decision to abandon this situation makes it terribly difficult to trust his sincerity or to respect his actions.

    Editor’s Note: Dr. Fried’s pension is based on his entire career with New York State public education.

  • Reasonable approach

    Teachers and Administrators have been known to work 25 or 30 years in one state, retire with the their pension benefits and then take a job in a neighboring state to collect a salary and eventually a pension there. This practice should remind the taxpayers that pension reform, in general, is essential to fixing our school system and our state and local government. See the following articles on the pension scandal in Albany: (These articles refer to the NYS public employees’ pension fund, not the teachers’ pension fund.)http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/nyregion/18retire.html?_r=1
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/24/opinion/24thu1.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/30/nyregion/30pension.html

    • impressed

      Well, it does not look like such a pension quest in New Jersey is in the spirit of times, at least according to the latest from the Governor on NJ fiscal emergency. 11 pages here http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/public/pdf/20100211_budget%20_address.pdf and selected extracts below.

      “Let’s tell our citizens the truth—today—right now—about what failing to do strong reforms costs them.

      One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits — a total of $3.8m on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?

      A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing, yes nothing, for full family medical, dental and vision coverage over her entire career. What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health care benefit premiums over her lifetime. Is it “fair” for all of us and our children to have to pay for this excess? “

  • Anon E Mous

    Here? Succession planning? Or planning for what? And our well run system needed to undertake a national search? THINK, inside or outside the box, but let’s do it, quickly.

    … currently the Superintendent of the Mamaroneck Public Schools in Westchester County, New York … began his career as an elementary school teacher and worked for many years as an elementary school principal in Ossining. He then went on to become Ossining’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Human Resources … – from Montville Township News Release, re-distributed by paid P.R. staff of MUFSD. (Note: highlighting added.)