The Executive County Superintendent and staff are responsible for reviewing all
school district budgets to ensure that resources are used to guarantee a
thorough and efficient education for all students. They also examine
transportation contracts, as well as school facilities, for compliance. Every
three years, through the NJQSAC, the county office staff conducts an in-depth,
on-site monitoring of each school district to determine whether they are
meeting state standards for certification. They are also observing to ensure
that the schools are operating in accordance with state education law and
regulation. Annual test results are examined to determine whether schools and
districts are meeting state testing standards and adequate yearly progress.
The staff's most crucial duty, perhaps, is dealing directly with parents
and citizens on a variety of important issues. The office is responsible for
the approval of county substitute certificates, emergency certificates and
coaching waivers. Citizens are assisted in obtaining teaching and
administrative certifications. Job titles, descriptions and the assignment of
school aides are also reviewed and approved.
The staff also provides direct assistance to districts and parents with regard
to special education programs and problems. They also ensure that the local
districts are operating these programs in accordance with state and federal
special education requirements. A variety of grants are reviewed and processed
for accuracy and compliance by the county office staff. These grants provide
essential funding for programs that are operated by the local school districts.
Parents and school districts communicate with the county office regarding
potential problems or issues affecting specific students in general education
programs or specialized programs such as gifted/talented programs,
The County Superintendent conducts a monthly meeting with the chief school
administrators as a means of keeping a direct line of communication with the
Commissioner. In addition, the county School Business Administrator and county
Child Study Supervisor also conduct monthly meetings for the purpose of
communicating information from the Department of Education on issues that
pertain to business and special education.