of Middlesex County Superintendent of Schools
The role and function
of the office of the County Superintendent of Schools are created by
N.J. statute (NJSA 18:7-8 and NJAC 6A:23A-2)
As the role has
evolved over the years, the county office has become the local districts'
prime contact to the Department of Education in Trenton. County Office
Staff are familiar with the activities in the county and work closely
with staff in the local districts. The County Superintendent serves
as a member of the Middlesex County Vocational Schools' Board and the
Middlesex County College Board.
In September 1993,
the County Office began monitoring local districts under a newly created
monitoring system. Oversight of various mandated programs continues
on a yearly basis (ex. Local School district budgets, Special Education,
ESL/Bilingual, Affirmative Action, Certification of Staff, Facility
Approval, Transportation Contracts).
NJAC notes that
in addition to innumerable responsibilities, the County Superintendent
of Schools shall "...make his/her office a service bureau for the
schools in his/her county." This statement most appropriately and
succinctly defines the role of the Middlesex County Office. County Staff
are liaisons to a number of local and county commissions and task forces.
Local school districts rely on the county office for information as
do parents/guardians and the community at-large. The County Superintendent's
Office has been a catalyst for many educational initiatives in the county.
The County Superintendent
of School's Office has to broadened its horizons to include increased
partnerships between businesses and schools as well as the inclusion
of various agencies involved with students and their families.