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Three More Principals Out As Change Sweeps Through Wayne Schools

George Washington, Schuyler-Colfax, Lafayette and Wayne Hills will have new administrators next year.

Four schools will have new principals next year after sweeping changes made Thursday night in the Wayne Public School District.

Officials have begun searching for new principals of George Washington and middle schools, and .

The moves are a result of resignations, promotions and unrenewed contracts, but Superintendent Ray Gonzalez would not offer specifics about the reasons for each change.

Mary Jane Tierney and are the principals of George Washington and Schuyler-Colfax, respectively. Stella Cosmas is the principal of Lafayette.

The three have nearly 100 years of combined experience and collectively earn about $420,000 yearly.

"The district administration is continuing to work closely with the Board of Education toward a reorganization of the overall Wayne Public Schools administrative structure," Gonzalez said in a statement. 

Officials are also planning to reorganize the administrative structure of the district’s special education, guidance and athletic departments.

“For next year, we're reconfiguring how we manage all district programs in and out of the classroom, with a goal of most effectively serving our students in the most efficient way possible," Gonzalez said in a statement. “We've yet to make final decisions on the structure, but expect to do so in the coming weeks. Ultimately, the final model will streamline and standardize the process of making and implementing educational decisions."

As part of the reconfiguring, the board voted Thursday .

The board also voted Thursday to  as principal of Wayne Hills High School. Beckerman announced he was leaving earlier this week.

More than 8,500 students attend Wayne public schools.

Pad April 27, 2012 at 07:30 AM
A new broom sweeps clean. Like I said several weeks ago the new two at the top our opening up positions for thier friends to come in and bleed the cash cow. At least two months ago I know a person that she offered a job to in Wayne. Pretty soon Wayne will be filled with administrators from that failed district in Paterson, Hackensack and Passaic. He has already brought in a new law firm that by coincidence was just hired in his former district of Hackensack. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Kel April 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM
Who did you warn? Most residents of Wayne didn't have any say in the hiring of Gonzalez. That was all the Board's doing. As soon as he hired his assistant superintendent, you could see all this start to happen. Most Wayne residents, myself included, probably agree with you, but the Board did what they did, made a huge mistake and hired him. What a shame for the Wayne School district.
Justice April 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM
The status quo has been broken. What will happen next? Vote out all the incumbents in November.
eyes wide shut April 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
100% right Justice and we ALL know which party they ALL belong too as well
Warren April 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Gonzalez will now place his own stooges into these roles with no explanation. The Chicago-style politics must stop. A little transparency is in order. THE BOE and this overpaid hack need to go.
Rex miatke April 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I hope Wayne residents are paying attention. This speaks volumes with what is going on here. There are some very good people that are no longer going to be part of educating OUR children. All tax payers in Wayne need to keep a very close eye on what is happening here.
Rex miatke April 27, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Warren you are so right. Problem is that there is no transparency. Take a look into who is now the law firm for board of Ed. We the tax payers have a right to say enough is enough. We just need to make our voices heard at the board of Ed meetings. Our childrens Education is so important that we can't close our eyes to this.
Potter April 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I'm going to have to disagree with those who have commented so far. First of all in 3 of those 4 schools the principals are retiring or resigning. Because they have been here so long they make a lot more money than a new person will make in that position so this can only save us money. I don't know why they didn't renew the principal at Schuyler Colfax but I would have to assume he had unsatisfactory evaluations so good for them for not giving tenure to an administrator who is not up to par. Also there is a process for hiring new teachers and administrators where a committee is formed to interview perspective candidates and make recommendations. The superintendent is not involved in this until the last step of the process where he meets with the recommended hire. He does not have the power to simply appoint someone into these positions. I feel the new superintendent has worked in the best interest of our students so far.
Wayne's World April 27, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I hope you are right, Potter. I have witnessed the relative decline of the Wayne school system from the truly upper echelon (ranked in the teens in the 1980s/early 1990s) to a precipitous slide into the middle tier (WH #46, WV #60 out of 321 high schools). Wayne was always a great alternative to more expensive Bergen communities because of the school system and home values - being in Passaic County is what holds our home values back. I would have expected that we would be trying to hire away administrators and teachers from the BEST school systems, not elevate ones from the WORST school systems in the state. The hiring of the Paterson people and who knows else on their watch does not inspire a lot of confidence. The tax issue, together with the declining school system, is probably going to hasten my decision to give in and move to Wyckoff or Montville, something I was actively avoiding due to my love of the Wayne of my childhood. I'll get less house but my kids will be better off. I have a theory about the decline in the school system, but I would love to hear about what others think who have kids in the system or who have lived in town a long time. Can anyone point to the elements causing our schools to slide in the rankings?
Pad April 27, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Potter, There wasn't any mention of anyone retiring. Resignations and unrenewed contracts are as good as being let go. The person I know who was offered a job is also from Paterson. Open your eyes! Paterson is the worst district in the state and the longest under state control. Rife with nepotism, fianancial irresponsibility etc. There will soon be a scandel over someone who is employed at AWMS, this is from a good source. I guess when you know someone. previous employment background isn't checked. This is the same circus with different clowns. The BOE hired a PR firm to handle thier propaganda and to put a good spin on things when the sh-t hits the fan. Administrators aren't teachers and they probably won't come in at a lower salary. Probably more. As far as the committee goes, just look at the last two superintendant's they were no prizes at all. Both with ties to Paterson etc and left with alot of our tax money in thier pockets. Wayne's World I can point to the elements of why our schools are sliding in the ranks it's called mismanagement and incompetance. These two clowns won't last here long. When he brought his friend in from Paterson the writing was on the wall, then the law firm from his last district, then the PR firm. What does a school district need a PR firm for ? Other then to do damage control when needed to BS the taxpayers and the parents.
Justice April 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Paterson teachers and administrators are handsomely paid. Possibly, combat pay? The combat in the Wayne School System is with the BOE and making certain that their needs are met.
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Warren, the only thing is Chicago-Style politics are democarts how do you explain that style in a town that is Republican? Perhaps you should say BOTH parties do the same ole thing. But that may go against your CORE VALUES huh?
Warren April 30, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Gonzalez and The BOE are corrupt through and through. This is cronyism at its worst. Hopefully, someone will blow the lid off this mess. We are naive if we think Gonzalez is doing this on his own. We need to dig and find out who is his Puppeteer. This is the kind of situation, where 20 years ago, a competent investigative journalist would have figurted this out. They don't exist any longer.
Al Scala May 01, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Warren.....With all due respect, I differ with you. I am not a big fan of our present BOE However, not for one minute due I think Dr Gonzalez corrupt. Firstly, he has been Superintendent for only 4 months or so. I think he is entitled to a fair amount of time to establish himself. Moving people around, bringing people in from the outside you know and trust, is not new. It's done all the time. He walked into this system, still reeling from the football fiasco and at the same time faced with a 2% cap. I think your accusations are unfounded and unfair. Give the guy a chance. He is also dealing with a very political board which is polarized. I think Dr Gonzalez will establish himself as a good administrator.
Warren May 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Al , Call me cynical but we need to connect a lot of dots. Who brought him in, which politicians side with him, who are his educational and political enemies? These are just a few questions that need to be answered. I think that most would agree that our school system is in rapid decline. Some of the root causes may be directly attributable to the political legacy in Trenton. Like real estate, politics and education are local. Ultimately, the BOE and Supt. are responsible for all doings within the district. part of the problem in our society today is that the concept of responsibility is gone. Hopefully, Al i am wrong on this issue, but I doubt it.
Rex miatke May 01, 2012 at 11:32 PM
No Warren you are not wrong on this issue. You are straight on.
Al Scala May 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Warren & Rex........Some of the things you mention, I both agree and disagree. Do I think Scott Rumana had input on this selection? Yes I do. Scott has been trying to gain favor with the Latino vote in his District. Besides, In my opinion, Bob Ceberio won't make a move without his approval. Do I believe that our system is in decline? Yes I do. Do I think there is a lack of transparency as to what is going on with the Board? Most definitely. Do I think there is a relationship between Dr Gonzalez and Rumana? No! Do I think Dr Gonzalez is corrupt? Absolutely not! Do I think he is a good leader or can be a good leader? Absolutely. Are there politics going on with this BOARD? ABSOLUTELY. More than ever before. However, because Dr.Gonzalez was selected by them, do I feel Dr Gonzalez should be dragged through the mud? Absolutely not! I think he's entitled to a "honeymoon" period. Give him a chance! If he could somehow deal head on with the Board and get what he wants done,he'll be a good Superintendent!
Rondo May 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
A couple years ago, we couldn't hire 1 principal and snuck someone in right before the school year started. Now we expect this board to select 4? Doubt it.
Paul D. May 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
give it time....all things will work out...

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