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School Board Could Appoint Engravalle Superintendent Tuesday

Appointment of Steven Engravalle as Superintendent and Sharon Amato as Assistant Superintendent are on the BOE’s agenda for Tuesday’s special meeting, which starts at 8 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Fort Lee public school students, their parents and community members could learn Tuesday who will occupy the top two posts in the district when school re-opens in the fall.

Appointment of Steven Engravalle as Superintendent of Schools at a salary of $167,500 and Sharon Amato as Assistant Superintendent of Schools at a salary of $141,462 are on the agenda for the ’s , potentially ending months of speculation dating back to last September as to who would be at the helm once Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle’s interim status expires at the end of June.

Earlier this month, the that the search for a permanent superintendent was down to two finalists.

If the board approves the resolutions to appoint Engravalle and Amato, respectively, those appointments become subject to approval by the Executive County Superintendent of Schools.

Background

In September 2011, the school board voted 5 to 4 in favor of that would have appointed Engravalle—then Assistant Superintendent of Schools—“Acting” Superintendent when former Superintendent Raymond Bandlow left the post at the end of October after concerns were raised calling Engravalle’s suitability to take on the role into question and highlighting the desire on the part of some members of the public to have a say in the decision-making process.

In October, the board for about 45 minutes on the role of “Acting” or “Interim” Superintendent at a special meeting at prompted by the tabling of Engravalle’s appointment.

A week later, the BOE voted unanimously in favor of for the subsequent four months.

The school board also unanimously approved an accompanying resolution to solicit bids from superintendent search firms, including the New Jersey School Boards Association; Leadership Advantage; West Hudson Associates; Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates; Ray and Associates; Spencer Stuart; and McPherson and Jacobson, LLC.

In January, Engravalle’s “acting” status was changed, after the at a regular business meeting approving his contract as Interim Superintendent.

But the meeting, which grew heated at times, was dominated by discussion of where the process of a search for a permanent superintendent stood, with some members of the public openly criticizing the board for what they saw as a lack of transparency.

Later the same month, the school board approved a resolution to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent at a fee of $9,500, but several board members openly expressed their support for Engravalle, with two of them voting against the measure to hire the firm.

School board president Arthur Levine said the decision was made after the board’s superintendent search committee—comprised of Levine and board members John Bang, Peter Suh and Joseph Surace—made the recommendation to the full board.

In May, the board announced a special work session to review the applications submitted by Leadership Advantage, which reported it had for the job.

The school board’s special public business meeting is Tuesday, June 26, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. The agenda for the meeting can be found on the school district’s website.

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Luca D. June 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I submit that the BOE appoint Superintendent Engravalle and start focusing on the issues plaguing this town.
William Mays June 26, 2012 at 08:05 PM
He is one of the issues plaguing this town.
Wonk June 26, 2012 at 10:16 PM
$9,500 of the taxpayers money the Board of Ed just absolutely wasted hiring that search firm. Doesn't sound like they even considered any of the other candidates the firm came up with, even those who had years and years of experience. They made up there minds and are giving Engravalle his first Super job at $165,000 plus benefits. No discussion, no public input, no open minds about options. And you wonder why no one trusts them when they say they need more money for the schools.
John Ford June 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Give the guy the job. He has been doing a good job so far. He is well spoken and represents Fort Lee in a positive way. Lets give the best guy the job for once.
Toni M. June 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM
How do u know any of this. Stop making crap up. No discussion? U must have missed the public floggings. Give it a rest already. It's over. U guys tried every dirty trick in the book and actually wrote some new ones.
Toni M. June 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Sorry John, my reply was to Wonk and it jumped to u. OOPS.
Toni M. June 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
No Billy, geniuses like u who make crap up are one of the issues plaguing this town.
William Mays June 27, 2012 at 01:29 AM
If hes the best guy for the job, all of the others must be living in nut houses because it doesn't get much worse than this.
William Mays June 27, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Yeah, I don't know what their agenda even is, people voted them in and now they just ignore the public and hide behind their lawyer.
Mildred Bayes June 27, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Something is just not right!
Mildred Bayes June 27, 2012 at 09:55 PM
My love and admiration for Billy is unending and forever.
Billy Mays June 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM
It must be my animal magnetism.
William Mays June 30, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Yeah, sorry bout the fake accounts, got this weirdo on my tail ^
Billy Mays' Lawyer July 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
We are going to sue him/her and then sue everybody else here too.

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