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New Schools Super to Start in Brick July 1

'We're going to raise the bar,' new schools chief says

Dr. Walter Uszenski will begin his career in Brick July 1, a month earlier than first expected.

Uszenski was at the township Board of Education meeting Thursday night where board members unanimously approved a four-year contract that solidified his hiring.

Uszenski, 60, a township resident, said in an interview before the meeting that he will engage both members of the local community as well as district staff when he begins in Brick.

"We're going to raise the bar and raise the standards," Uszenski, who began his career in education as a math and special education teacher, said.

On his first day at work, Uszenski said, he'll meet with Board of Education members and speak with all of the district's administrators one-on-one. Then, he'll begin putting a plan in place to bring more cohesiveness to the district.

"I'm going to work very closely with all of the administrators to create a true professional learning community," said Uszenski, explaining that his strategy will utilize a team approach, creating data-driven assessment teams at every school to keep track of progress. He'll also create "superintendent's councils" of both teachers and parents to keep abreast of concerns.

"My vision for the district is one simple word: excellence," he said.

Uszenski also said he'll host focus groups at each of the township's schools once he takes the helm of the district, so he can speak with parents in the evening to hear their concerns and suggestions.

Also, he said, there are plans to bulk up advanced placement courses at the high school level. In Spotswood, where he currently serves as superintendent, there are 20 AP classes offered, and many are taught by teachers who are paid a stipend to teach an extra class, rather than hiring extra staff and paying additional salaries.

"If you have a teacher that is willing to teach an extra period, it's a big savings to the taxpayers and the board," Uszenski said.

Board President Sharon Kight said she's confident Uszenski is the right person for the job.

"I believe we've made the perfect choice, especially knowing he's a resident and is vested in the community," said Kight. "When we listened to what the community wanted … that was one of the things that they said. They wanted somebody who they are going to see in town."

"I like to be visible and I like to be out there," Uszenski said.

"As a taxpayer living in Brick, I want our schools to shine, and we will."

Uszenski will earn $175,000 per year as superintendent, according to his contract. He will be paid an additional stipend of $2,500 because the Brick district includes a high school.

malibu228 June 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Moonpool...Have you been to all the schools? I have family who works in all departments for over 15-20 years and one retired. They work their Non fat asses off and in 110 degree room temps in the summer. Take a day and work with them while the are moving furniture, stripping floors, fixing boilers while no air on all for less than what people assume they are making. And yes when your child gets sick or throws food or breaks something, they are there to clean and repair. Be there before school starts to see how clean it is. You seem to have a vendetta so grow up and learn not to post childish comments that mean no sense!
Tweety Q July 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
hey are you frigging kidding me...the cleaning staff does a great job at keeping the schools clean and germ free... we dont all sit on our asses as you say ..we work our asses off to keep them clean and neat for the whole school district. we dont wax over dirt.u knkot head ...why dont you pop in and see what we do over the summer and all be=reaks when kids are off. If you dont know the work of the claning staff as you say shut your trap till you do.
Tweety Q July 03, 2012 at 02:03 PM
moonpool...u have no idea what the "custodial staff"/ cleaning crew does....they work really hard at their jobs and they are always put down , but let me tell you , they clean and the schools look wonderful, so before you shoot your mouth off....why not walk in some schools and see how good they look, and the work they do, they dont sit on their asses as you say they do work...everytime i go to a school i see a custodian and they are cleaning windows and dusting..... so dont put down a staff that lives in brick and takes care of your kids or your grandchildren....be happy they speak english and are not from another counrty.
Tweety Q July 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
AMEN TO THAT MALIBU228...THEY DO WORK IN 100 PLUS DEGREE ROOMS ALL SUMMER LONG cleaning furniture , washing walls ,windows stripping floors , sealing & waxing and dontf forget they have to put it all back...come walk a day in the life of a CUSTODIAN, MAINTENANCE OR GROUNDS GUY, SEE WHAT THEY DO , THEN RETHINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. 90% of them all live IN BRICKand they CARE ABOUT THE KIDS...NOT LIKE OTHERS !!!!
Tweety Q July 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Amen there lIsa....they do take pride in the schools and the children.


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