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TOMS RIVER REGIONAL APPOINTS THOMAS GIALANELLA
INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
The Toms River Board of Education appointed retiring Jackson Schools Superintendent Thomas Gialanella to be the Toms River Regional School District Interim Superintendent of Schools. Current Superintendent Frank Roselli retires on June 30, 2013. The Toms River Board of Education also appointed Dr. Marianne Gaffney as Interim Assistant Superintendent.
President of the Board of Education Ben Giovine states, “The Board is confident that the appointment of Mr. Gialanella and Dr. Gaffney to the respective positions of interim superintendent and interim assistant superintendent will provide our school district with a positive and productive transition pending the selection of our new superintendent and assistant superintendent later in the calendar year.”
Tom Gialanella has been the superintendent of the Jackson School District for 11 years and is retiring from that position on June 30.
During his tenure in Jackson he oversaw the opening of the district’s second high school and a new elementary school, the redistricting of attendance boundaries for the opening of those schools, the implementation of multiple technology projects geared toward advancing student achievement and multiple facility renovations to the district’s aging infrastructure.
“After 40 years in education and after serving the Jackson School District for more than a decade, I wanted to move on to another phase in my life, but I always knew I would stay connected to the realm of education somehow,’’ Gialanella said. “Even though this opportunity to serve as interim superintendent for the Toms River Regional district came up sooner than I expected, I felt it was too perfect to pass up.’’
Gialanella said he is honored that the Toms River Regional Board of Education has given him the chance to share his experience in curriculum, facilities, athletics and technology in this new position. As an Ocean County resident, he said he believes his familiarity with the Toms River area and with the dynamics of running a large, dynamic district will help him transition well into the role.
“Given the new Common Core Curriculum Standards, the new mandates for accountability and assessments, this is a very challenging time for school districts,’’ he said. “I look forward to being able to help guide the district through those challenges.’’
Prior to his career in Jackson, Gialanella served for 29 years in the Brick Township School District. He began as a social studies teacher for eight years before becoming a guidance counselor there in 1981. In 1990 he was promoted to assistant principal at Brick Township High School and became the district director of guidance in 1992. In 1994 he was named assistant superintendent and served in that position for eight years, overseeing several areas including the district’s aggressive building plan. During his entire 29-year career in Brick, he was also the director of guidance, assistant principal at Brick Township High School, guidance counselor and social studies teacher. He was also an assistant football coach for six South Jersey Group IV state championship teams and served on the municipal alliance there.
Frank Roselli states, “I am very pleased that the Board of Education has chosen experienced and talented educators to lead the district as we search for a new superintendent. These appointments will give the search committee the time it needs to recommend quality candidates. I can retire knowing the district is in good hands.”