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Hoboken Schools Superintendent Leaves for Wayne Post

Dr. Mark Toback will take over Passaic County district as of Aug. 11.

Dr. Mark Toback
Dr. Mark Toback
The Hoboken School District's superintendent is leaving to head a district closer to his Passaic County home.

Dr. Mark Toback was appointed Thursday as the new superintendent for the Wayne Township Public Schools. The Pompton Plains resident will begin his new post on Aug. 11.

Toback will replace Raymond Gonzalez, who resigned effective Aug. 1 to take the superintendent position in the Westwood school district where he was once a principal.

Toback has been the Hoboken superintendent the past three years after serving for five years as the chief school administrator at Sussex County Technical School in Sparta.

"I'm excited and honored to be joining the exemplary professionals who make Wayne such a respected education community," Toback said in a statement released Thursday night by the Wayne school district. "A district as large and vibrant as Wayne is an exciting opportunity for any educational leader."

Toback withdrew himself last year as a candidate for a superintendent position in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. Toback declined to comment why he changed his mind before even being interviewed for the position, the report said.

Toback previously held various administrative posts in the Leonia school district—vice-principal at the high school, principal of the middle school, and business administrator. Toback, who began his career as a math teacher, also served as both a principal and vice principal in the Haledon district.

Toback holds a doctoral degree from Rutgers University, and a master's degree from William Paterson University. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.

The Wayne school district touted Toback's track record of developing a variety of successful initiatives, including enhancing classroom technology, creating unique partnerships with post-secondary institutions, and improving standardized test scores.

“With Dr. Toback's exceptional and diverse background, the board of education is confident he'll excel as the new superintendent of Wayne Township Public Schools," Wayne Board of Education President Laura Stinziano said. "I'm extremely enthusiastic about the positive impact he'll have on so many of our young people."
Outofcontrol June 16, 2014 at 01:04 AM
Reformers? They never were reformers. Looks like Kids First cut a deal with Raia to gain the Presidency. It's been one big charade since. http://hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/2411980/article--Reformer--Minutillo-becomes-school-board-president-Field-trips-criticized--legal-fees-climb-to--24K--other-surprises-at-education-meeting
Outofcontrol July 17, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Update: Tonight the BOE picked a retired suburban guy to be the interim Superintendent. In true fashion, Kids First bypassed it's minority assistant superintendent in favor of a non-minority to run a mostly minority district. Here we go folks. The circus is about to add a new clown.
Bathtub Brian Giordano July 18, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Happy to see my cohorts are trashing the BOE, I would have made a better BOE member but I lost. I hope nobody figures out my new name either, it should hide my identity well.
Outofcontrol July 19, 2014 at 04:30 PM
In true Kids First "do as I say, not as I do" fashion, they met behind closed doors on three separate occasions, totally excluding any public input or discussion and selected a retired double dipper to lead the Public Schools for two years. It's amazing how Kids First can look the other way when it is to their advantage to skirt their own self proclaimed "transparency". Was it the fact that they hired someone who has absolutely no urban education experience that made them want to avoid the public? Was it the fact that they wanted to hide that the guy will be collecting a public pension and getting over $600.00 a day from the taxpayers? Maybe it's the fact that the guy never worked in an Abbott District? Or was it the fact that they bypassed a minority assistant Superintendent in favor of a guy who never worked in a District serving mostly minority students? Could it be that they just want to hide the continued chaos they cause by promoting the constant revolving door of Superintendents and Business Administrators? Kids First sure does know how to operate behind closed doors while pretending to be the real "Reformers". Seems to me that the micromanagement of the District by Kids First keeps chasing away superintendents and Business Administrators. Really, who wants to deal with the chaos except maybe a guy who will now come close to doubling his take from the public dole? Good job, Kids First!!! Can't wait to see the next School Report Card and QSAC results.
Carol Harrison July 20, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Outofcontrol, Could you fill in some info? How many people applied for the interim position? What were their names? What is the name the person they selected? Did the current assistant apply for the position?

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