Welcome back to Manville Public Schools as we embark upon the 2014–2015 school year! My name is Anne Facendo, and it is my honor and privilege to serve you as Manville Public School District's new Superintendent.
My first encounter with the community of Manville actually took place 25 years ago while visiting friends who lived here. Driving through Manville today, I notice now what I noticed then: this is a community where caring, diligence, and hard work all seem to be a standard. It is evidenced in the well-kept homes and lawns...the children at play...the families who take so much pride in their beloved town.
These perceptions of Manville have been deepened and confirmed during my first summer months on-staff in the district. The people I have encountered here—whether they are Administrators, Parents, Teachers, Board Members, or Students—have all been so enthusiastic about our town and our schools, not to mention being very warm and welcoming. I am most grateful to all of you for the welcome I have received. Moreover, I am truly impressed with the high quality educational opportunities that are so clearly evident in the Manville Public Schools.
The pride you have expressed in our community and school system will be part of my mission in leading our schools. Our efforts must be focused on sustaining all that is good, while always reaching to even higher greatness. We must also focus on our critical challenges...improving literacy skills for all students; teaching our students to solve complex problems as America strives to compete in a global economy; ensuring that every student in Manville has equal access to technology and knows how to use that technology. These are the key building blocks for future success in college and career, and are critical to the well being of each Manville student. These skills must be—and will be—pursued with diligence and with excellence.
Towards that end, I plan to be involved in every aspect of our district right down to daily participation in our classrooms. I want to know our students by name. I want to take part in the daily life at each school with our staff members. I want to know the families and extended community members of Manville. I am here to serve, my door is always open, and I am excited to begin.
In the very near future, I will be writing to you again to share specific goals which will be impacting our school district this year. These goals will be set based on our student data just received from the New Jersey Department of Education. The goals will also receive district-wide input and articulation to include Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Board Members. Our aim is to work as a Professional Learning Community—using research, collaboration and reflection in order to make an immediate impact on instruction.
On that note, I would like to take a moment to thank our Board. They are a dedicated group of community members who truly strive to meet the best interests of our school children.
I would also like to take a moment to publicly thank our retiring Superintendent, Dr. Johanna Ruberto. Dr. Ruberto and I met over multiple dates this summer to guarantee a smooth transition for the Manville Public School District. Dr. Ruberto's friendship and willingness to give hours of personal time to answer every question has been an incredible gift. She will be sincerely missed by the Manville Community and we wish her much health and happiness as she embarks upon her retirement.
Looking forward to a tremendous 2014–2015 School Year!
Anne R. Facendo, Superintendent
Manville Public Schools