TRENTON, January 12, 2018—The executive director of the New Jersey School Boards Association today issued a statement on Governor-Elect Phil Murphy’s nomination of Dr. Lamont Repollet, Asbury Park Public Schools superintendent, as the state’s new commissioner of education.
“Dr. Repollet’s background in public education and his experience as a district superintendent should prove valuable to the new administration as it addresses critical issues such as closing the achievement gap, assessment, and facilities,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.
“We extend our sincerest congratulations to Dr. Repollet. We look forward to working with him and the new administration as they implement their agenda for New Jersey’s public schools.”
Dr. Repollet replaces Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington, who has served as the state’s chief education officer since 2016. Feinsod praised Harrington for her dedication to the state’s public school students.
“Kim Harrington has been a true educational leader, devoted to excellence in New Jersey’s public schools,” he said. “Whenever and wherever she spoke, Kim Harrington has always stressed the importance of listening to the voices of children.”
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.