UPDATE: For school board reaction, read Barista Kids.
Frank Alvarez, superintendent of Montclair Schools, announced in a letter to parents today that he will step down in June after almost nine years in the district. He did not announce any future plans.
His resignation letter thanked parents, staff and fundraising organizations and cited “narrowing the minority student achievement gap” as the district’s biggest accomplishment.
February 7, 2012
It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter. After almost nine years of working with you to improve and build on the legacy of the Montclair Public Schools, I am deciding to step down on June 30, 2012.
Montclair is a special place. It is a highly diverse, successfully integrated, high achieving, magnet school district that thrives on creativity and innovation. During the last several years, we have been recognized by federal and state Departments of Education as well as professional associations on the national and state levels for our efforts. We should all take pride in our accomplishments–the remarkable progress around the narrowing of the minority student achievement gap, the return of a significant number of students with disabilities from out-of-district placements to specialized district programs, the standardization of curriculum and assessment benchmarks across the district, the introduction of new programs including the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in grades K-8 and the Mandarin language program for over 600 students in grades K-12, and the strength of our athletic program at Montclair High School. We make things happen and get results!
I am extremely proud of our students. Their achievement, creativity, and confidence consistently amaze me. They are our reason for being.
I am most grateful for the commitment of our staff members, whose day-to-day actions truly make a difference in the lives of students. I am also appreciative for the contributions of the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence, the Parent Teacher Associations, the School Action Teams, and the numerous community members and local organizations—all who work tirelessly to create the Montclair story. I am fortunate to have had the support of three mayors and 19 Board of Education members. Finally, I am extremely confident of our all-star administrative team, who will lead the school district into the future as they continue the good work that we have begun.
This is far from the last word. Over the next few months you will hear from me with regard to a transition plan, reflections on our work and hopes for the future.