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New Principal: Packanack is 'Truly One of the Premier Schools in the District'

Roger Rogalin previously headed up the district's Extended Day program and adult school.

Roger Rogalin said he is very proud to be the new principal of Packanack Elementary School, for several reasons.

“It is truly a neighborhood school,” Rogalin said. “The parents and staff are very involved in the school and the students." 

The Board of Education announced Rogalin’s appointment at its Aug. 18 meeting. Rogalin was previously director of the Wayne Community Programs, a non-profit organization of the Wayne Public School District that includes an adult school and Extended Day program for students.

Previously, Rogalin published textbooks for McGraw-Hill. He was director of the School Division of the Association of American Publishers, the main trade association for the instructional publishing industry.

Rogalin has advised businesses, non-profit organizations and district administrators on technology, education policy and the implications of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

“He has a world of educational experience,” said Interim Superintendent Michael Roth said. “His involvement in developing educational products and curricula makes him very unique. And he has served in administrative capacities before."

Rogalin served on the Chatham Board of Education for more than four years. He was chairperson of the facilities and curriculum committees. He also taught social science. 

Rogalin holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a educational specialist’s degree in educational leadership, management and policy. His annual salary is $112,000.

Roth hopes that Rogalin will bring some stability to the position. The turnover rate for principals at Packanack has been high in recent years. Two-year principal Celeste Gagliardi from the position in July. 

“When I look for somebody to fill a position like his, I look for someone who is going to be there for four or five years,” Roth said. “Students, especially at the elementary level, need a stable administrator to guide them through a critical time in their educational careers.”

Rogalin said he is glad to be at the school.

“I enjoy working with younger students very much,” Rogalin said. “The school is truly one of the premier schools in the district and I am glad to be a part of it.”

Bob August 25, 2011 at 01:38 PM
We are residents of Wayne since 1977 both daughtes attended Wayne schools & we have supported Wayne schools via taxes since moving to Wayne. Why can't my daughter get an opportunity to teach in the Wayne school system? Why can't see at lease get an opportunity to do some substitute teaching. She is a graduate of William Paterson with Elemenrty EDU& English. Wayne residents should get an opportunity to give back to their community. Thank you
Wayne Voter August 25, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Where's the hands-on classroom or school experience? I hear no mention of that. This hire sounds very strange. Would love to hear the parents who were part of the selection process weigh in.
Al Scala August 25, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Why does current interim super only look for someone to be principal for 4-5 years? At the end of this time, will there be a board office position for this new principal of Packanack (who I did not read at all of any educational experience.......isn't being a principal of an elementary school some form of "educational experience". I would like an answer to that question form our BOE members.....who I know read/comment on WaynePatch articles. Will be waiting...........
Al Scala August 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Although Mr.Rogalin appears to have administrative experience, he has no classroom or teaching experience. He was not a teacher/educator who worked himself up through the ranks. My question here is "Was he the best candidate for the job"? I'm willing to give him a chance. Maybe he'll do a good job! However, I personally feel uncomfortable about this move and question it.
Pad August 26, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Mr. Cusick, The reason is plain & simple, your daughter can't get a job in Wayne because you don't have the right connections with the BOE. Born, raised and educated in Wayne counts for 0. Also they rarely hire anyone without their Master's degree. Its plain & simple in this school district. Its who you know. Just look at the appointment above, no real educational experiance, never a teacher as far as we know but he is going to run Packanack Elementary School. We will see how long he last before either the BOE, teachers or parents chew him up and spit him out.

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