2012-09-20 / Front Page

E.B. superintendent announces retirement

Magistro will serve until end of 2012-13 school year
BY JAMES McEVOY
Staff Writer


Tiffany Gathright (l) and Laura Eppinger, volunteers from the Jersey Cares nonprofit organization, show their patriotism by revitalizing American Legion, Joyce Kilmer Post 25, Milltown, on Sept. 11. Volunteers painted American flag murals around the building exterior and also painted inside as part of Jersey Cares’ September 11th Day of Service. 
JEFF GRANIT staff Tiffany Gathright (l) and Laura Eppinger, volunteers from the Jersey Cares nonprofit organization, show their patriotism by revitalizing American Legion, Joyce Kilmer Post 25, Milltown, on Sept. 11. Volunteers painted American flag murals around the building exterior and also painted inside as part of Jersey Cares’ September 11th Day of Service. JEFF GRANIT staff A fter a decade of leading East Brunswick’s school district, Superintendent of Schools Jo Ann Magistro will retire at the end of this school year.

The Board of Education accepted Magistro’s notice of intent to retire during its Sept. 13 meeting. When her retirement becomes effective on July 1, 2013, she would have served as superintendent for 10 years, and as a district employee for more than 40 years.

Prior to serving as superintendent, Magistro was the assistant superintendent for human resources, assistant superintendent for student services and activities, building administrator for the elementary and secondary levels, and a teacher.


Jo Ann Magistro Jo Ann Magistro Magistro said she looks forward to her retirement, though the decision to do so was not an easy one.

“It will be difficult to leave the district, where I have spent 42 years of my career working with so many remarkable people. It has been an honor and a privilege to work in the East Brunswick Public Schools, where excellence is the norm and not the exception, thanks to the dedication and commitment of our staff, students and parents and a board of education who always puts the best interest of children first,” she said. “I look forward to spending this last year working in this incredible educational community.”

Board President Todd Simmens was emotional in accepting Magistro’s notice, but directed fellow members to save their comments until the end of the school year.

Simmens said later that the board is looking into using the assistance of a search firm to find the next superintendent, but said the overall process is in the preliminary stages.

“We could never replace Dr. Magistro. What the board is looking to do is find a new superintendent after Dr. Magistro’s retirement,” he said. “That process will not be an easy one, [but] Dr. Magistro was gracious enough to give the board time to do its work.”

Robert Murphy, principal of East Brunswick High School, said Magistro has served as a “leader by example,” and cares about every child attending school in the district.

“To the members of the board, you truly have a huge task of ahead of you. You’re not just filling that chair, you’re filling her shoes,” Murphy said. “I want to express my thanks to you both personally and professionally, for all your support and leadership. You’ve truly been an inspiration to all of us and our entire educational community.”

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