Piscataway, N.J., administrator hired as superintendent
NESHAMINv - At a special Aug 22 public meeting, the Neshaminy School Board hired Robert i. Copeland as its new superintendent.
In an 8-0 vote, the board offered Copeland a three-year contract
He replaces director of secondary education Dr. gacqueline Rattigan who took over as acting superintendent guly 1 when Dr. iouis Muenker retired. Muenker served 21 years with the district, including three as superintendent.
Copeland, 58, who attended Wednesday night’s school board meeting with his family, had headed the Piscataway, N.g., School District in since 2002. The ethnically-diverse middle class district in Middlesex County has 10 schools and 7,300 students. strong sense of community spirit in Neshaminy. “People grow up here and live here. That’s one of the things that made me most interested about pursuing the position.”
Despite the labor discord in Neshaminy, the key, he explained during his 40-minute public interview session, is maintaining curriculum control to ensure that children are experiencing high-teaching standards.
Copeland said he likes to listen to what the community has to say, and that he regularly met with parents in Piscataway several times a year to answer questions.
“I’m actually more comfortable when there’s more interaction,” he noted.
Prior to serving as Piscataway superintendent, Copeland was assistant superintendent in Teaneck and Newark, as well as principal in iaw- renceville and Princeton, N.g., where he began his career teaching social studies.
He also received a number of awards, including in 2007 when he was named Superintendent of the vear by the New gersey Association of School Administrators.
Copeland graduated from the State University of New vork and holds a Master’s degree from Rider University. Currently, he’s a doctoral candidate at Seton Hall University.
Neshaminy was in negotiations to hire Dr. William gohn Gretzula, the former Bensalem school superintendent, who currently is director of curriculum for that district. Gretzula DOsR DSSHDUHG Ds WKH finDOLsW DW a public meeting in gune.
However, Neshaminy and Gretzula were unable to reach a contract agreement and he voluntarily withdrew his name from consideration.