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Superintendent of Schools

The Executive County Superintendent of Schools of Passaic County is a representative of the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of the Commissioner of Education, and as such is responsible to work with the local school districts and charter schools to ensure their compliance with state and federal regulations. 

Leadership is provided in the following areas:

  • Visitation and Inspection of Schools
  • Health and Safety and Security
  • Contract review for all superintendents, assistant superintendents and school business administrators.
  • Efficiency initiatives to reduce overhead costs while maintaining high-quality education, including:
    • Regionalization and Consolidation
    • Credentials and Licensure Oversight
    • Pupil Transporation
    • Cooperative Purchasing
  • Board of Trustees membership of the Passaic County Community College
  • Assistance in Problem-Solving (Districts and Parents)
  • Advice and Counsel to Boards of Education and Charter Schools
Functions
The Executive County Superintendent of Schools, Christopher Irving, as a representative of the Commissioner of Education, is responsible for working with local school districts, teachers, parents, and students to assist districts in accomplishing or maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations. 

Responsibilities 
According to Title 18A:7-8 General Powers and Duties, each county superintendent shall: 
  • Visiting and examining from time to time all of the schools under his/her general supervision and exercising general supervision over them in accordance with the rules prescribed from time to time by the state board
  • Keeping himself/herself informed as to the management, methods of instruction and discipline and the courses of study and textbooks in use, the condition of the school libraries, and the condition of the real and personal property, particularly in respect to the construction, heating, ventilation and lighting of school buildings, in the local school districts under his/her general supervision, and making recommendations in connection therewith
  • Advising with the counsel of the boards of education of the local districts under his/her general supervision and of any other district of the county when so requested, in relations to the performance of their duties
  • Rendering a report to the commissioner annually on or before September 1, in the manner and form prescribed by him/her of such matters relating to the schools under his/her jurisdiction as the commissioner shall require
  • Perform such other duties as shall be prescribed by law

Job Target Areas
In light of this, the following are job target areas: 
  • Oversight, technical assistance, approvals, and/or support are provided in the areas of comprehensive planning for improving students outcomes
  • Safe instructional facilities
  • Safe and efficient transportation
  • Teacher certification
  • Special education
  • Program and fiscal accountability through implementation of a monitoring system
  • Responsible fiscal practices
  • Administrative and liaison services for mandated programs, and program development, and implementation