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Board of Education approves Robert Zega as Assistant Superintendent

Zega replaces Lois Rotella, who stepped down from the position of Assisant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction earlier this month.


The Woodbridge school district will start the new year with a new Assistant Superintendent.

The Board of Education voted Thursday to approve Dr. Robert Zega as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, replacing Lois Rotella, who from the position earlier this month.

Following a 45-minute closed session, the board emerged and quickly moved to adopt a host of personnel moves, highlighted by the hiring of Zega “…upon the review and approval of a form of employment contract by the Executive County Superintendent of Schools.”  Zega will fill the position from September 1st through June 30th, 2013.  The board also authorized the Superintendent, Business Administrator, and Board Attorney “to take all steps necessary to carry out this action of the Board of Education,” according to the agenda distributed at the meeting.

Zega has served the past two years as Principal of Colonia High School.  He was Principal of Lafayette Estates Elemantary School #25 from 2005-2010, and served as Vice Principal of Woodbridge High School for four years starting in 2001.

Zega earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2003.  He earned a Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision from Kean University in 2000, and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences Education from the University of Delaware in 1985.

Zega steps into the role of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at a time when a number of Woodbridge schools – including – are regarding allegations of cheating on standardized tests.

Dana Mercier August 17, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Mr. Zega was my 9th grade biology teacher. I actually learned something from him! Good teacher, nice guy, I'm sure he will do a great job! He's come along way since I graduated in 1992. Congrats Mr. Zega!!
Deborah Bell (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I've heard nothing but good things about Zega. He seems to be a nice guy, and an ethical one to boot, from what my sources say.
Robert S. Golden August 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I have known Dr. Zega for over 40 years. The Board could not have made a wiser choice. Dr Zega is great for the kids and I know he will help the District move forward in a positive manner.
Bucky Winters August 18, 2012 at 08:38 PM
"Educational Leadership and Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2003"... Is that school accredited? I would like to read his dissertation. How about bringing in a qualified outsider who isn't part of the gang?
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The author must have gone to Nova Southeastern University too! "Zega replaces Lois Rotella, who stepped down from the position of Assisant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction earlier this month." Can you please spell assistant correctly?
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
NSU serves over 28000 undergraduate & graduate students with a main campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida....Who paid for Zega's Ph.D.? When did have time to go to Florida and work on it? What did he write his dissertation on?
Fred Scuttle August 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Hey Bucky....what's your background. Get a life
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Hey Fred, what's wrong about asking about credentials? You don't have any academic credentials. What's your background is a question, which requires a question mark. Get a life is not a sentence, but still requires a period. You must have your Ph.D. from NSU.
Bucky Winters August 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Fred, let's see. In recent memory, Woodbridge had a former Principal/ Head of the BoE shaking down vendors, we have schools filled with asbestos, and now we let this other BoE official scurry away in the middle of the night like a rodent during a cheating scandal. The BoE reads like a Mario Puzo novel. They are getting my taxpayer money. It is not only my right, but my duty to question government. Your angry response and mental process is more fitting for North Korea or Russia, where one questions government and gets sent to a gulag.
concernedparent August 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
It's not what you are asking, it's how you are asking Mr. Bucky. You sound like a sore loser, did you apply for the job and get turned down? I am sure if you contact the BOE for Dr. Zega's credentials, they would provide them or better yet attend a BOE meeting and ask in person.....
Tony_S August 20, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The school system and township is a corrupt mess. I am not shocked, but deeply saddened by the whole climate. If you go for a public job, you are open to public scrutiny. It seems people's anger is misplaced here towards Mr. Winters. His questions are legitimate for a public official getting paid by taxpayers.
NotInKansasAnymore August 21, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Mr. Bucky did you notice that concernedparent isn't too concerned about the problems you raised, you know, the asbestos, the shakedowns, abrubt departures of BOE members amid cheating scandals, he or she is just more CONCERNED that you asked for a board members credentials too harshly. Unfortunately that's so typical of alot of concernedparents in this district. Don't feel too bad if you did apply for the position and didn't get it either Mr. Bucky. I'm sure it's just because you didn't have a family member already working in the township to help shoe you in. I'm sure if you attend a BOE meeting, as suggested, you'll be able to get all the straight answers you seek.LOL....JUST KIDDING
Kay Smith August 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Nicely put Kansas! Just like all the so-called concernedparents in this township no one is willing to look at the real problem. There are no more articles about the asbestos problems and when you call about it your told not to worry. Imagine that! What's the outcome of the cheating scandal? I hear people are going to be replaced and, guess what. The replacements are family members of the board! So out with the bad and in with worse. Heads r gonna roll Woodbridge, now is the time to clean house and hopefully start fresh. Patiently waiting for one more monkey from the BoE to fall out of his money tree and we can only hope positive changes are ahead! Yeah right......
Kay Smith August 21, 2012 at 08:57 PM
They will never bring an outsider into their fold, to much to cover up.
DMP August 23, 2012 at 12:15 PM
This notice was posted on the board's site on 8/21...how can they call a meeting to discuss hiring an assistant superintendent on 8/27 when the decision was made and announced on 8/17? Great communication and planning. Special Meeting - August 27, 2012 A special meeting of the Woodbridge Township Board of Education is scheduled to be held on Monday, August 27, 2012 convening at 7:00 p.m. at Oak Ridge Heights School #21 located at 720 Inman Avenue in Colonia. Upon opening the meeting, it is expected that the Board will immediately retire into closed session to discuss personnel matters including, but not limited to, the hiring of an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Principal of Colonia High School. After closed session, the Board expects to reconvene in open session, during which time formal action may be taken.
Kay Smith August 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Zega is a very nice man who seems to care about the children but just like the others, when the time comes he WILL be asked to compromise his morales, and for the sake of his overpaid job, he will fold like the rest of them. There is no winning! People use to say Crowe was a great Principal (couldnt imagine that), look what happened!

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