Lakehurst’s Board of Education began its regular meeting Tuesday with a key piece of business: the introduction of the borough's new Superintendent of Schools, Jill Dobrowansky.
Per a resolution approved at the meeting, Dobrowansky was confirmed by the board — retroactive to Aug. 20 — pending successful completion of the application process established by the district’s former Interim Superintendent, Dr. Mark DeMareo.
“First, I’d like to thank the board for the opportunity to become a part of the Lakehurst school district,” Dobrowansky said. “I’m looking forward to working with you: the staff, the families and the community, for years to come.”
According to school Business Administrator Barry Parliman, the incoming superintendent will receive a salary of $110,000 for a contract spanning the 2012-13 school year. With Dobrowansky’s confirmation, the position of Interim Superintendent was eliminated by the board.
Dobrowansky has previous experience in New Jersey school administration as a middle school principal in the Highland Park School District, and as an elementary and middle school principal in the Upper Freehold School District.
Dobrowansky has “hit the ground running” in Lakehurst, Board President Joann Septor said.
In her report, Dobrowansky said that the district’s master schedule has been completed, student placement mailings were sent home this week, and the elementary school building is fully prepared for a new school year.
“I would like to publicly thank the secretarial and custodial staff for all their hard work over the summer. As (Board Vice President) Kevin Oliver mentioned, the building is ready to be opened on Sept. 5 for our students, and it really looks amazing,” Dobrowansky said.
Dobrowansky also announced that the district was awarded $3,180 from the Lakehurst Naval Air Station’s STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) grant, to be used for an after-school robotics club program. The program will involve students in the school’s “Gifted and Talented” curriculum in grades six to eight.
The new superintendent said that faculty will be back on Sept. 4 for a full day of in-service training, just prior to school reopening for the year the following day.
“I really am looking forward to a successful school year with everybody here,” Dobrowansky said in closing.