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Sampson Resigns


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Charles B. Sampson

This statement was just released by the Board of Education:

Charles Sampson, Superintendent of the Verona Public Schools, tendered his resignation to the Board of Education on Wednesday, February 16. The resignation will be officially accepted by the Board during the March 1, 2011 public meeting. Mr. Sampson will continue to serve Verona through late June. He will then assume the role of Superintendent of Schools for the Freehold Regional High School District.

Mr. Sampson noted that he will leave the district in capable hands: “I am wholly confident that we will continue to meet the goals established in our strategic plan and will remain upon the path of continual growth with the team we have in place. The members of the BOE are already actively working on a clear plan of transition for the district, and that process will be done in a transparent manner. We have a first rate staff and faculty who have established a family atmosphere throughout this district through their compassion and commitment to the children and community we serve. I am fortunate to have had the support I received from this school community. My time here has been incredibly rewarding on both a personal and a professional level.”

John Quattrocchi, President of the Verona Board of Education, stated, “We regret Mr. Sampson’s resignation. The Board appreciates his dedication, determination and accomplishments throughout his time in Verona. We remain committed to our goals and will continue to succeed through the collective efforts of the Board, Administrators & Staff and the parents & students of our community.”

The Board will announce the process for the search for a new superintendent in the coming weeks.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


  1. This is ridiculous! Didn’t he just join the Verona school system five minutes ago? In all seriousness, both Superintendent Sampson and his predecessor, Earl Kim, were short-timers in Verona, and I think it is sad that there appears to be a lack of commitment among these men. (You can’t blame Sampson’s move solely on the developments in Trenton, since Kim made his similar move before Gov. Christie took office.) My question — what is the average length of service for a superintendent in Verona and comparable communities, say over a period of the last 25 years? Are the terms of service of Sampson and Kim unusual, or normal? If this is a normal situation, then I withdraw my comments above, but if this is unusual, our BOE needs to take a closer look at its hiring practices.

  2. From all the “hysterical” moms in Verona, we would like to wish Mr. Sampson all the best in his new position.

  3. Yes, we have a first rate staff and faculty – is that why the high school ranks 46 out of 46 in the DGI comparison and why we are educating out kids at barely the state level despite the high property taxes in this town?

    @ Ben it’s not a lack of commitment – didn’t you see? The BOE president said the Board appreciates his dedication. He was dedicated to have been here for five minutes. But whatever the case I’m sure his moving on is for the children.

  4. Earl Kim was the one who was instrumental in getting Sampson the job.
    Question is now will Sampson get his “pal” the job? this board needs
    to at least get someone with some experience as a Superintendent.
    did John Q actually say they need someone young to fill the seat-and on TV? 31 is just a little too young guys! How long do you think
    she would stick around?


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