Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search Committee

A search committee of Board of Education members has been formed to undertake the search for a new superintendent of the Long Hill Township School District. Karen Nyquest will serve as chair of the committee, and Ann Butler, Kim Case, and Marta Moakley will serve as selected members.
Update of the committee’s activities will be published here on the website.


Week of September 7
All Round 1 interviews have been completed.  Round 2 will begin within the next 2-3 weeks.  Feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators will be used to formulate the questions for the Round 2 interviews.

Through interviews and virtual meetings, the Search Committee learned the key experience, management style, and character traits which the staff and administration sees as most important in Long Hill’s next superintendent.
Thank you to staff members who joined one of the two online virtual meetings to help the committee in this important endeavor.
A community input survey will enable community members to share their feedback with the search committee. Notification of the survey will be sent through an eblast, announced in the Echo Sentinel, and shared with the BOE’s Township Committee liaison to announce at the upcoming town council meeting.
Application Deadline
The superintendent application is set to close on August 10.  As of now, there are 14 applicants.
The Search Committee is planning to hire an Interim Superintendent to provide a bridge between Dr. Acevedo's tenure at Long HIll and the start date of a new superintendent.
Application Closed - Transition The application for the superintendent position closed August 10.  33 applications have been received.  The review process is underway.
It is anticipated that there will be an interim Superintendent for our district effective October 1. The end of Dr. Acevedo's tenure with our district is August 31.  To provide a transition until October 1, Dr. Lori Jones will assume the role of Acting Superintendent from September 1 to September 30.
Concurrently, Ms. Melissa Backer will assume the position of Acting Principal of Gillette for that same period.
1) The first round of interviews of candidates for our Superintendent position will begin next week.
2) Applicant interviews for the superintendent position began this week and will continue next week.
Dr. Laura Morana, Ed.D., Selected as Long Hill School District’s Interim Superintendent
To provide the Long Hill School District a smooth transition and strong educational leadership as it manages its superintendent search, Dr. Laura Morana, Ed.D., has been selected to serve as Interim Superintendent, effective October 1.
Dr. Morana comes to Long Hill from a two-year term at the South Orange-Maplewood School District as its Interim Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Nursing Services.  Prior to that she worked as Acting Chief Academic Officer for the New Jersey Department of Education and Interim Executive County Superintendent in both Mercer and Middlesex Counties.  Before retiring, Dr. Morana served as Superintendent in Red Bank and as a principal in Elizabeth.  In addition to holding certificates as Principal and School Administrator, she also holds teaching certificates in Elementary Education, Teacher of the Handicapped and English as a Second Language. 
Prior to her starting the interim position with Long Hill, Dr. Morana will consult with our district from September 1 to 30.
We are fortunate to have been able to engage Dr. Morana as our Interim Superintendent and welcome her guidance and expertise.

Community Member Survey

Thank you for taking time out of your day to complete our survey. The results are in!
Superintendent Search - Community Member Survey Results

Ad Placed on the NJSBA Site

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Transition Plans

The Superintendent Search committee is monitoring the on-line application site. As of July 24th, we have 12 respondents. The application is open until August 10.
In the meantime, the committee is developing a transition plan for the final days of Dr. Acevedo’s time with the district. The continuity needed for the reopening is tantamount in the committee’s undertakings.
The community survey results will be published on this site. The due date was July 24th and the responses from the 241 respondents will be formulated as soon as possible. If it can be facilitated, the open ended comments will also be published on the website. Many thanks to those who shared their ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

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