By NANETTE LoBIONDO GALLOWAY
VENTNOR – Former Lenape Regional High School District Principal Jeffrey Spector was appointed to serve as principal of Ventnor Middle School during a special meeting held at noon Thursday, Feb. 18.
Spector will serve for an undetermined period of time to fill in for Principal Rob Baker who is out on medical leave.
Spector, who has 21 years of experience as an administrator, 12 of them as principal of Seneca High School in Tabernacle Township, will be paid $350 per day to supervise the middle school. He retired from the Lenape Regional High School District in July 2019.
According to the meeting agenda, Spector “prides himself on building relationships with both staff and students” and is “eager to win the winables” by creating plans for individual students.
The board described him as a “hard worker, eager to work with parents and students to bring support around the whole child.”
Board President Douglas Biagi said he is confident in Superintendent Carmella Somershoe’s decision to hire Spector.
“I totally trust her hiring and interviewing process,” he said, thanking Spector for providing assistance “in our hour of need.”
Board member Michael Advena asked how long Spector would be employed by the district.
“Right now, it’s per deim. I don’t have any other information to share at this point,” Somershoe said.
Spector is a 1988 graduate of Rowan University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education. He earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Rutgers University in 1998.
When the board agreed to hire a principal on an interim basis, Somershoe said the position was necessary because the district has one less administrator since two administrative positions were combined last year. In addition to being superintendent of the district, Somershoe is also principal of the Ventnor Elementary School.
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