On December 22, 2016, at a Special Board of Education Meeting, the Board approved Leadership Advantage, a professional consulting service to conduct the search for a Superintendent. The consulting firm began an extensive process in January 2017, meeting with Principals, Directors, Supervisors, Central Office Staff, Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parent Teachers Associations, as well as representatives from the Teachers Union and Board Trustees. Input from the community was solicited through an open forum as well as an online survey to assist in developing the essential criteria needed in selecting a Superintendent for our District. The consulting firm then analyzed all the data and presented to the Board a profile of the qualities the community was looking for in our Superintendent. Leadership Advantage received a total of 27 resumes that were presented and reviewed in detail by the Board. The Board then began the interviewing process, and on July 20, 2017 the Board appointed Ms. Jennifer Montesano as our new Superintendent. Ms. Montesano officially began her employment in District on November 1, 2017 after fulfilling her contractual obligation to the Haworth School District as Superintendent.
Ms. Montesano began her career in education 17 years ago. For the past 17 years, Ms. Montesano has been an educational leader teaching middle school students, coaching high school varsity athletes and as well as providing administrative leadership as a Middle School Vice-Principal, Middle School Principal, Elementary Principal and District Superintendent. Throughout the interview process, Ms. Montesano has demonstrated to the highest level, all the qualities and qualifications that the District was looking for in a Superintendent.
On behalf of the Secaucus School District, please join me in welcoming Jennifer Montesano to the District as our Superintendent.
Among the guest presenters at Secaucus High School’s Third Annual Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection were four rescuers and survivors from the World Trade Center on 9/11, and each shared their harrowing ordeals with the impressionable ninth through twelfth graders.
Secaucus resident and Port Authority Police Department Sergeant Robert Stone was a rescuer on both the occasion of the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the 9-11 terrorist attacks. On the occasion of the World Trade Center bombing, Sgt. Stone was the only police officer injured, being blown across the room from the impact. Elia Zedeno was trapped in an elevator during the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, eight years later she made a harrowing escape from the 73rd Floor on 9/11. Brian Branco escaped from the 78th Floor of the World trade Center’s South Tower on 9/11, experiencing a difficult ordeal during which time most of his work colleagues perished.
Will Jimino, subject of the 2006 movie “World Trade Center” enthralled all in attendance with his captivating talk about being buried alive for 13 hours under 30 feet of rubble before finally being rescued. After his rescue, Will required 13 separate surgeries.
In the photograph above, the four World Trade Center rescuers and survivors pose for a group picture outside the Performing Arts Center. Pictured from left to right are Brian Branco, Will Jimino, Elia Zedeno, and Robert Stone.
Mrs. Jane Clementi, a native of New Jersey and devoted Mother of three sons, addressed the entire student body at Secaucus High School on the Third Annual Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection. Jane’s mission is to make sure that our society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son.
During her 55 minute presentation, Mrs. Clementi shared Tyler’s story, a recollection of a child surrounded with unconditional love that ultimately ended on a tragic and unnecessary note and ended in heartbreak. As a freshman at Rutgers University in the Fall of 2010, Tyler became the victim of cyber harassment at the hands of his roommate as a result of his LGBT orientation. Sadly, several days later Tyler Clementi ended his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He was 18 years old.
Mrs. Clementi extolled the high school students to become upstanders when witnessing bullying behavior. The first step toward ending bullying is to make a personal commitment to stop it, report it, and reach out to the victim with support.
In the photograph above, Secaucus High School students Jordan Raia, Sally Rizzo and Lizbeth Perez pose for a picture with Jane Clementi at the conclusion of her well received school-wide presentation in the Performing Arts Center.