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Moorestown board of education selects new superintendent

Michael Volpe will start his position in mid-December and is committed to diversity and equity.

CHRISTINE HARKINSON/The Sun: Michael Volpe was named superintendent of Moorestown schools at the Oct. 19 board of education meeting.

At the Oct. 19 Moorestown Township Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously appointed Michael Volpe as the next superintendent of schools.

The search, which began over four months ago, included extensive stakeholder input to develop the desired characteristics and skills for the successor superintendent. The Board thanks our school community for their involvement in the process.

This feedback helped Hazard, Young and Attea & Associates, our consulting search firm, screen candidates and assist the Board in the interview process. There were approximately 40 candidates reviewed from multiple states. Selected candidates participated in a rigorous vetting and interview process to determine our district’s best fit and type of leader.

Board of Education President Caryn Shaw stated, “Mr. Volpe was selected from an exceptional pool of outstanding educational leaders as the right leader to support our district as we continue to excel and reach the next level of excellence for all students. As we look to the future, we believe that Mr. Volpe will provide thoughtful, dynamic, and innovative leadership.”

A New Jersey public school educator since 1996, Michael Volpe has held numerous leadership roles in high-performing districts. He is a proven leader and respected member of the educational leadership community. He continuously finds ways to meet the high expectations of the community and school stakeholders to benefit students.

Mr. Volpe is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Community Relations, and Public Information at Princeton Public Schools. Before that, he was the Director of Human Resources at Hillsborough Township Public Schools. He has also served as an elementary school principal in Hillsborough and Florham Park and as high school vice principal in Woodbridge Township. In addition, Mr. Volpe has taught at both the middle school and high school level and served as an English department chair.

Some of Mr. Volpe’s accomplishments include developing programs to focus on character education and service-learning, using data to identify areas of weakness in student achievement and improve student performance, and advancing technological instruction to better prepare students for 21st century learning as well as 21st-century jobs.

He is also committed to diversity and inclusion. Recently, he developed the F.A.C.E. Forward Program in Princeton, a mentorship program to help build future educational leaders of color. In addition, peers selected Volpe from 41 school districts to chair the legislative committee for C.J. Pride (Central Jersey Program for Recruitment of Diverse Educators). 

Mr. Volpe is expected to start the position in mid-December. Please join the Board in welcoming Mr. Volpe to our school community.

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