Updated: June 8, 2018 12:15 AM
The Millburn Board of Education will look for a new superintendent to head the school district as it moves towards a state takeover of the district that is under review by the state.
In a press release, the Millburn school board said it needed to fill the vacancy left by Niki Susant, who was appointed in May as chief academic officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Susant will also head the Newark school district when she leaves the port district.
The board voted 7-0 last week to seek an outside search firm. Final negotiations will take place sometime this summer.
When the district transitions to a state takeover, it would need to appoint a new superintendent — something that school board president Jason Greene is interested in doing. But board member Michael Tellez of Hoboken said the search will involve community input.
“We have a lot of input from the community as to what this direction for this school district should be,” Tellez said. “We will have a strategic plan process that would involve community input as to what we should be doing as a school district.”
Superintendent Susant made her way to State Supreme Court on Wednesday to meet with the state’s budget commissioner to negotiate a contract with the district and plead her case for leaving. She did not attend the meeting.
The state takeover would come as the district faces a $9 million budget shortfall this year, according to the Millburn school district. The district has already cut 23 jobs this year and has been seeking help from its unions to cut the additional cuts.
As for Susant, he will leave to become senior adviser to Gov. Chris Christie on education policy. She was hired by the Port Authority in 2014 to help implement the creation of one of the largest and most complex transportation agencies in the world. During her time at the agency, she helped coordinate the development of a new aviation center, as well as oversaw the creation of a curriculum that prepares pilots and aviation leaders in high-stress scenarios like hurricanes.
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