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Former Kinnelon Superintendent Takes Position in N.Y.

Jim Opiekun said New Jersey is a 'hostile work environment' for superintendents.

Former Superintendent Jim Opiekun will be starting the school year with a new district for the first time in over a decade this September.

According to the Floral Park Dispatch, Opiekun was hired in July as the new superintendent of the Floral Park-Bellerose School District, a school district in Nassau County on Long Island.

Opiekun, before the high school commencement ceremony, said New Jersey is a difficult state to work as a superintendent in.

“I would say from a superintendent’s standpoint, the only good thing about being a superintendent in New Jersey is that you understand what it is to live in a hostile work environment and I just hope that I never created that for anybody else," he told the Floral Park Dispatch.

To read the full story from the Floral Park Dispatch, click here.

However, in the Kinnelon district specifically, Opiekun was proud of his accomplishments before he left. Included in them was boosting community opinions about the district after a $27 million building project and having several school district budgets be approved by voters. He also helped the district through challenging times two years ago.

Opiekun has been a superintendent for more than 24 years, having also served as a superintendent in the East Rutherford school district. In May, he said he was also pleased to have formed meaningful relationships with the Kinnelon community's residents and parents of students in the district.

"It sounds so cliche, but it's a big family," he said.

Lulu August 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
This news is a bit surprising. Mr. Opeikun never expressed these sentiments while working here in Kinnelon. I for one am a bit disappointed. There are two lessons learned here: it's always about the money & information is censored by the Bd. & School Administration . This article is one such example. To the parents of children in the school system - ask questions! All is not what it seems to be.
IC August 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I don't think Mr. Opiekun was referring to the difficulty of the Kinnelon school district. He actually expressed his appreciation for the wonderful relationships that were fostered with Kinnelon parents and students. The message I took from this was that he felt the State of NJ makes it a difficult environment for superintendents.
peanut622 August 27, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I read... Thanks Chris Christie scare another off...thanks

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