Cranbury School Board plans to appoint new chief school administrator

The Cranbury Township School Board plans to announce a new Cranbury School Chief Administrator at the end of June.

The announcement comes after a months-long process to find a new Chief School Administrator (CSA) to replace Susan Genco, who currently holds the position at the K-8 school.

Genco is stepping down from his post, which will take effect on September 1.

“The board received a number of applications for its position with CSA and conducted several rounds of interviews throughout May,” said Pramod Chivate, chairman of the education board. “At this time, the Board is in the final stages of the selection process and on track to confirm and announce the CSA by the end of this month.”

Genco is not the only leader, whose retirement will take effect on September 1. Cranbury School’s deputy principal, Michele Waldron, is also retiring.

According to the Cranbury School, Genco served as the school’s CSA for 11 years and Waldron was with the school for 13 years.

The main objective of the school board is the search for a new CSA.

Once a new CSA has been hired, he or she will help guide the school board on the next vice principal, school officials said.

Genco’s letter with Waldron in February started the process of finding a new CSA.

Community feedback forums were held and a community survey was conducted to assess the various leadership qualities the community would want in a CHW and manager.

The school board’s personnel committee oversees the research with Strategic Educational Advantage, New York, which the board has hired to assist with the research.

The school board seeks candidates who foster a collaborative and positive climate of mutual trust and respect among all stakeholders, which includes faculty, school board, parents, and students; establish a culture of high expectations for all students and staff; and possess a thorough understanding of teaching and learning and promote the importance of continuous improvement, according to the school board.

Once the new CSA has been hired, the months of July and August are planned for the transition and the preparations for the next school year.

In September, Cranbury School’s new CSA will kick off the 2022-23 school year, according to the school board’s schedule.

Martha K. Merrill