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Assistant Superintendent Godett to Retire

Board of Ed: Godett's policy, human resources contributions will be missed.

Dr. Beth K. Godett, assistant superintendent of schools, will retire at the end of the 2011-12 school year, according to a personnel resolution passed at Tuesday night’s board of education meeting.

“She’s certainly a very warm person and very professional,” said Board President Karen Cortellino. “She gets along with people as her job would require and from my prospective, has provided (Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried) a great deal of support with the massive regulations we see here in the state of New Jersey.”

“I will be later voting 'yes' to approve Beth’s retirement, but it’s with a great deal of regret,” Cortellino added.

Fried was quick to echo those exact sentiments.

“I do want to congratulate Beth on her decision to retire. She truly has allowed me, I think, to do some of the work that I hoped to come here to to do,” Fried said. “I knew nothing about the rules and regulations that New Jersey seems to have a lot of and Beth knew everything about those rules and regulations and has worked seamlessly for the district to move us forward.”

Godett looks back on her time in the district as a prosperous time for Montville’s schools, especially in the realms of human resources and the formation and implementation of district policy. It is because of this that she takes great pride in the job she has done.

“It was a very, very difficult decision (to retire) because I enjoy working with the district, with Dr. Fried and with the board,” Godett added. “It’s been an absolutely amazing experience. This is just an amazing board.”

“I’ve just gotten to do what Montville needs to have done and I’ve gotten tremendous cooperation from everyone in the district,” Godett said.

The advance notice with which Godett has notified the board will allow the district to conduct the type of extensive search it likes when choosing someone to fill such an important administrative role. While specific dates for the hiring of a new replacement were not specified, Fried did state that choosing a new assistant would be a collaborative, districtwide process.

“We used a collaborative process last time and we will, in fact, use a similar process moving forward as well,” Fried said.

Pete Sesnick March 24, 2012 at 04:57 PM
...facts? What facts? (See my previous post.) And you may be right, Dan. There may be a lot of us. ...could be why you lost the last time (or two) you ran for office.
Dan Grant March 25, 2012 at 02:04 PM
LOL, You mean People without out facts and still voting? You may well be right.
Cynthia March 25, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Thank you, Mr. Grant. Until I read your post I must admit I was having a hard time understanding this rant from Mr. Sesnick. The FACT is that Montville schools show as having a ratio of 178.8 to 1, student to administrator. The FACT is that number is one of the highest in the county (I challenged him to find others that are higher). I don't work in the schools. Thinking LOGICALLY, is sure seems a 180:1 ratio is not great guidance. Perhaps we need more? I know that in a conservative town (of which I am one), that's the LAST thing you say, but I wouldn't be surprised if this very high ratio coupled with the very high expectations of parents and taxpayers (and of course the incessant whining on this site) that makes it that, over the years, we have had a 'revolving door' of administrators. I am sure we all have NO idea what they do all day, but I doubt it's twiddle their thumbs. Further, Mr. Sesnick, I, too, am upset with the high taxes in New Jersey. Yet, when I look at a ratio like this, I am willing to concede it's not coming from our district. But our tax dollars go to TRENTON and the whole state uses them. If you took the time to research, instead of just yell, you'd realize that our taxes are high because of one reason: the school funding formula. We are all paying for the 'Abbott Districts' . Do some research on Senator Michael Doherty's site (a conservative Republican), www.fairschoolfunding.com I'd like to hear your thoughts after your review.
Cynthia March 25, 2012 at 02:22 PM
ah, when all else fails.....pick on someone else... tag, you're it, Mr. Grant!
Dan Grant March 25, 2012 at 04:31 PM
LOL, I am always it. I think over all we have a good school system and to say that isn't related to property values is to ignore the truth. The largest stock of residential housing we have is 3,4,5 bedroom homes which will only be of interst to families with children. I do have problems with some of the non-educational professionals that the Board of Education has but those are long standing. The largest problem I have is with the lack of a sense of Community expressed by so many of the posters. Good education is essential for the well being of the Community, the State and the Nation but it starts in local communities.

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