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Madison, NJ 07940

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A letter from Dr. Noonan

Madison School District

Office of the Superintendent


May 10, 2017

Dear Madison Schools Staff Members and Parents,

The school district will soon be announcing news regarding the appointment of a new Superintendent of Schools, which culminates a comprehensive, national search by the leading educational search firm.  We anticipate being a position to share further information no later than early June.

In the meanwhile, I will be concluding my work as Interim Superintendent of Schools this week, and as of Monday, May 12, Dr. Tom Ficarra, former Superintendent of the Morristown Schools, will be serving as the Interim Superintendent for a few months until the new permanent superintendent begins.  Dr. Ficarra is one of the most widely respected school district leaders in the region.

This is the time of year when school districts make contract recommendations and accept resignations and retirements.  The district recognizes that hiring and personnel decisions are arguably our most important organizational responsibilities.  We don’t shy away from those responsibilities, but approach them thoughtfully and with a deep, abiding commitment to the well-being of our students and our schools.  If, as a result of those decisions, we have vacancies in important posts, we immediately take steps to fill those vacancies with promising, well-qualified appointees.  Madison is blessed to have many talented and dedicated staff members, which enables us, if needed, to easily appoint strong individuals to serve on an acting basis while a longer search for permanent appointments proceeds.

The administration intends to move forward, without delay, in appointing highly-qualified individuals who will do excellent work on behalf of our students and schools.  Madison has always been a magnet for talented candidates, and we continue to draw exceptional applicant pools.  We’re a wonderful school community, long-recognized for our dedicated staff, talented students, and supportive parents.  I’m excited about what’s in store for our schools, proud of what this district has accomplished, and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to have served here.


Rich Noonan

Interim Superintendent of Schools