June 16, 2008

School Chief Set to Leave in Wayne


WAYNE Interim schools Superintendent Cindy Randina has notified the Board of Education that she plans to resign to accept the top position in Secaucus.

Board of Education President Jane Hutchison confirmed Friday that Randina has notified the board that she plans to step down.

Randina has been overseeing the district for nearly a year. She took over as the district's top administrator following the resignation of Superintendent Maria Nuccetelli. Before that, Randina served as the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, a position she held for more than six years.

Randina's departure would mean yet another open position in a district that has undergone significant turnover in recent years. Several top positions in the district, including those of business administrator and director of special services the special education chief are held by interim staff members.

Hutchison said she had not yet seen a copy of Randina's resignation and no official action has been taken on it. The school board would have to discuss the resignation next week and vote whether to accept it, Hutchison said.

She said the discussion probably would take place Wednesday during a previously scheduled executive session. The board would have to come out in public to vote on Randina's resignation.

Randina was not available to comment Friday. But she told The Record on Thursday night that she planned to step down to accept a job in Secaucus. She said that she was going to discuss her resignation with the school board that night.

Secaucus school officials did not return calls seeking information on Randina's status. But a Wayne district spokesman said "she was offered the job as superintendent" in the Secaucus district. She would have to give 60 days' notice until her resignation takes effect.

Randina would be replacing a superintendent in Secaucus who has held the post for more than 20 years. Secaucus is a K-12 school district of four schools and more than 2,000 students. For the last year, Randina has overseen a district of 14 schools and about 9,000 students.

Hutchison said she was reluctant to speak about Randina's resignation because she wanted to let the administrator make her own announcement. Hutchison praised Randina's work in the district.

"She has been a wonderful professional," Hutchison said. "She is incredibly hard-working and dedicated, and I have the utmost respect for her. Whatever happens, she deserves all the best."


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