Goldberg Also Withdrew Weeks Ago From Consideration As Superintendent Candidate

And there was one.

Rachel Goldberg, a finalist in the Montclair superintendent search and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Passaic Public Schools, tells Baristanet that she sent her letter withdrawing her application on March 6, close to a week after the public candidates session.

Montclair Schools Business Administrator Emidio D’Andrea with superintendent candidate Rachel Goldberg

Shortly after the public session, Goldberg learned from the search firm that the board did not have a clear time period determined in which they could make their decision.

Faced with that, Goldberg said she needed to make a decision for the benefit of her “school district and the team of people she is responsible for leading.”

Goldberg said her application was finalized in December, but once the process became public in mid-February, there was an expectation that a decision would be made — one way or the other.

“I wasn’t left with a sense of clarity as to where I stood, and at that point, without a clear indication, I chose to withdraw,” she said.

Baristanet first reported yesterday that Ross Kasun had also withdrew himself from consideration, after getting similar news from a representative of the search firm, Hazard Young Attea & Associates.

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  1. I really don’t care which board member did what and I certainly don’t care about all the excuses to come. The BoE collectively screwed this up because none of them know the first thing about working as a team and they put their interests first. The stakeholders were allowed to play a significant role, too. In the end, the Mayor assembled this latest incarnation of ineptitude. He has to own this mess.

  2. You finally come the realization that the Mayor owns this mess? He’s created the dysfunction since his first appointments, consistently failing to select a team that would work well together on a strategic vision. He has always split the board pretty much evenly, ensuring chaos. I really wonder why. Any time a county judge is pulled in to decide against the majority vote for the President, you know the process is broken. We should have an elected Board and be done with it. Let him focus on building new high rises. He’s good at supporting that.

  3. As long as this town chooses to have an appointed board of ed, they have no right to whine and complain about our board of ed. Our board of ed’s lack of accountability (and the Mayor) create a downward spiral with no end in sight. An elected board of ed with limited terms is long overdue. The quality of our school system has eroding steadily since (at least) 2012. Despite core curriculum, core subject standards and teaching in the elementary and middle schools continue to vary widely. Homework expectations across schools are inconsistent and students who want to switch to a different middle school in 7th grade are faced with insurmountable levels of catch up.

  4. Jon,

    And how does an elected school board build a team? Right, a slate. One voted on by 10% of the voters. The panacea. The universal remedy. Brilliant!

    Well, you got one part almost right….its not how they got the job, but how we hold them accountable. I would love to see the Mayor have a Friday chat with the media about how his BoE picks over the last 6 years have worked out as far as raising the bar.

  5. Frank,

    You hold them accountable by voting them out the next time. I never said an elected Board would have the result of team building. The point, which you fail to understand, is that the Mayor has been given this opportunity and has squandered it since 2012. An elected Board would at least better reflect the opinions of the community, and it could be no worse composed than what the Mayor has done. Heck, even if it had a 100% NJEA group we would at least get to see their direction and vote on the consequences. The Mayor will never hold such a session. The Board should do their job independent of his bullying tactics, and if he doesn’t re-appoint certain members, so what? It’s sort of like the Trump appointments – who would want to work for the guy and his mission when it’s ill-defined? Good luck finding replacements given his track record of non support.

  6. Jon,

    I apologize for my snide comments. I will disagree with you that elected boards and annual votes on the school budget will meaningfully change the ongoing BoE/MPS dysfunction. They can be worse. Instead, I would leverage the existing elected Council to drive accountability. One way is for the Council to pass a non-binding resolution calling for the Mayor to appoint candidates recommended by a citizens/stakeholders advisory panel.

    The BoE governance role is as complex as the Council’s. With the all the demands on the Mayoral role, it would be logical to have a structured support resource for the Mayor to facilitate the best decisions. The position of Mayor relies on such support for much lesser decisions.

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