Commissioner of Education David Hespe today announced creation of a pilot program to expand the pool of qualified school administrators in urban school districts throughout the state. The plan will permit eligible school boards to seek permission to substitute a candidates work experience for current requirements for a school administrators certificate.
"We are aware that local school boards are having a difficult time filling chief school administrator vacancies," Commissioner Hespe said. "As a result, we will be initiating a pilot program to provide flexibility in the hiring process and give us additional information to guide our future review of the licensing code.
"We believe that the most urgent need for expanding the pool of qualified superintendent candidates is currently in our urban districts and this pilot program will focus on that group of districts," the Commissioner said.
Under the pilot, urban boards seeking to hire school administrator candidates who do not hold school administrator certificates will be able to file an equivalency application to the county superintendent of schools for review and submission to the department for consideration. Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Candidates will still need to apply for the issuance of a certificate through the departments Office of Licensing and Credentials.
NOTE: Attached is a list of urban school districts in New Jersey that are eligible to participate in the pilot program.
Urban Districts Eligible for Pilot School Administrator Program
Asbury Park City
East Orange City
Long Branch City
Monroe Township (Cumberland)
Mount Holly Township
New Brunswick City
North Bergen Township
Old Bridge Township
Orange City Township
Penns Grove Borough
Perth Amboy City
West New York Town