Meet Woodbridge's New School Superintendent

There will be a 'Meet & Greet Luncheon' with Dr. Robert Zega on March 5.

Have you met Woodbridge's new superintendent of schools?

This may be your chance. The township's Board of Education announced that there will be a "Meet and Greet" luncheon with Dr. Robert Zega on Tuesday, March 5.

The luncheon will be held at 12 noon at the Metro Top Tower, located at 111 Wood Avenue South in Iselin.

Zega had open houses earlier this month in each of the township's three high schools. He was appointed to be superintendent in January, after first being employed as assistant superintendent last August.

Zega stepped in after a series of school cheating scandals caused the resignation of Dr. John Crowe, who formerly held the superintendent position.

There was no mention about the cost for the March 5 luncheon, or if reservations are needed.

The school district's phone number is 732-750-3200.

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ty February 23, 2013 at 02:25 PM
they may want to ignore my comment on facebook, but I hope you don't. The correct address is 111 Wood ave South. 111 Wood Ave, like you have mentioned above, is in Edison, and is at the Burger King. This might be very helpful information for people that put the address in their GPS.
Deborah Bell (Editor) February 23, 2013 at 02:36 PM
You're right. It is Wood Avenue South. It's been changed.
unknownauthor February 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Given the time of day and the choice of venue for this event, one has to wonder what part of the electorate, student body, student's parents, faculty/administration members and taxpayers have time, at that time of day, to attend the function. Then too, from who's paying for the function? Is it from the BOE budget, which is so often claimed to be in short supply for educational needs? If not, who is funding the event? Perhaps, the Meet & Greet Luncheon will attract business people interested in doing business with the District. The luncheon also offers an opportunity for various political dignitaries to meet the attendees. It will be interesting to see, first hand, who will take advantage of this opportunity to 'learn' more about the new Superintendent of Schools and his vision for the Woodbridge School District. Fortunately, determining the details of how the Metro Top Tower was chosen, by whom, and the cost of the event should be a matter of public record. Let's see what OPRA reveals. Bon appetite!
7 out February 23, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Lol no different from Christie holding town hall meetings during the day when the only people who could attend are senior citizens. Maybe the new super can explain why the special ed services here suck and autistic kids can't get ABA therapy, even in Matthew Jago. ABA is the only proven therapy that is proven to work and there is no use of it. Teachers at MJ have ABA training but it's not specifically used exclusively and the paras are not trained in it at all.
unknownauthor February 24, 2013 at 01:44 PM
7 out. Having been to a few Christi events, I can say it isn't just seniors that attend. Christi's venues are at libraries, community center and the like, not at a private ($$'s) facility, and no food served? I full support you commentary on the School District's ABA handling. (For those who may not recognize the acronym, ABA stands for Applied Behavior Analysis. see: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/treatment/applied-behavior-analysis-aba) The Woodbridge School District/BOE can spend money on so many less important things, in order to keep the few happy, at the expense of so many of children and the taxpayers. With all of McCormac's philanthropic benevolence, which is fully supported by his town council members, one might think using municipal tax revenues for programs like ABA and many other, more important needs of the children, would take precedence over lighting and air conditioning of school district (a separate taxing authority) buildings and grounds. But Mac & Company like their performance centers cool and well lit, don't they! Forgive the rant, but when one see how monies are diverted away from the real needs of the educational system, and this community in general, for self-aggrandizing, vote getting political agenda, well... Go to the Meeting & Greet, if you can. Enjoy the free food. But save your ABA concerns for the next BOE meeting on April 18. Bring supports, the BOE seems to pay more attention to the electorate, when more of it is present.
Robert Johns February 24, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Using municipal tax revenues for programs like ABA would in fact be illegal. That's what school taxes are for. You find a way to criticize Mac for everything.
7 out February 24, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Well we do get involved and the attitude seems to be hire a lawyer and go bankrupt to get your autistic kid the services required under state and federal law. It costs hundreds of dollars just to get an advocate to show up at an IEP and thousands to hire a lawyer. The answer for most autistic kids, from high functioning to low is to jam them into Matthew Jago school. That is the only version of least restrictive environment that this town wants to accept. Of course when the people here vote the budget down for several years and state funding gets cut, towns look to cut expensive programs, even if they have a long term savings
unknownauthor February 25, 2013 at 01:13 PM
@ 7 out. If my earlier commentary cause who to think I was implying you were not involved, that certainly was not by intent. Obviously you are and very much so. What I was referring to was making a much stronger presence at the BOE monthly meetings. There are many concerned parents at many of those meeting who might well share your concerns on this issue in particular, as well as on other essential programs. The BOE meetings, as you are aware, are shown on the Woodbridge Channels (cable TV) and can also be accessed through the District's Internet website ( http://www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us/ ), thus giving more in the community the ability to be informed on topics discussed at the BOE meetings. As to my commentary about the upcoming, off campus, Meet & Greet Luncheon with Dr. Zega, upon further consideration, I believe it might be a good forum for you or others concerned with the lack of ABA therapy, to present your concerns to Dr. Zega, in the presence of business and political leaders. Your commentary about the use of lawyers to fight the system is well founded. The system has deep pockets (taxpayers') to pay their lawyers to fend off individuals with just causes. Just watch the last several month's of BOE meetings to see how the BOE president/chair has and continues to abrogate his responsibility to answer public questions to the BOE's attorney. Kinda makes one wonder who is in charge.
unknownauthor February 25, 2013 at 01:25 PM
@Robert Johns. So using municipal tax revenues to fund or augment school programs, like ABA, would be illegal, but using municipal funds to light school district ( a separate taxing authority) playing fields, or to light and air condition a auditorium to enhance artist performance is not? How about the $20K+ McCormac and his town council spent on light for the Hungarian Club's parking lot! When politician can win votes by spending money (taxpayers' money, of course) they seem to have a lot of legal flexibility, don't they!
Robert Johns February 25, 2013 at 09:05 PM
That's exactly right Mr. Maras. Using funds for playing fields or auditoriums that the whole town uses is legal while funding an ABA program is entirely illegal. You finally got something right, though you meant it facetiously. And if you have evidence that the Township spent money to light up a private parking lot then bring it on. Yes politicians have a lot of flexibility. That's good for you when you want it to be and bad for you when you don't want it to be. It must kill you to live in a town and county that always vote Democrat.
unknownauthor February 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Didn't you claim to be a Republican in another post! It is obvious from your commentary, you're either a RINO, or a donkey in and a elephant's body. And, yes, that is redundant! Perhaps, if Mac and Company weren't giving out all those tax abatements (Pilot Programs) the Woodbridge School District would have more money to fund programs like ABA and other real needs of the students. But then Mac and Company won't have the best stage or sports fields to perform at, would they! Certainly, such events are more important to voters than are the needs of the children in the schools. As for the lighting of the Hungarian Club, the same club's parking lot Mac and Company tried to repave with township equipment and workers, at a very non-competitive price, an OPRA showing how the town council approved those expenditures should make those records available. If memory serves, it started with a no bid $8,000.00 PO, to a local electrician, which was followed by a $19,000.00 change order. But that was a while ago and my figures could be off, so let's see what the records show.
Robert Johns February 26, 2013 at 12:20 AM
I am a Republican. Die hard conservative but I will vote for a Democrat when it is warranted. Did not vote for Mac the first time but did last time since he worked on getting rid of the illegals and the new garbage cans are great. How would less tax abatements mean more money for the schools? The schools are capped at what they can spend and that's what they can spend. More revenue does not mean they can spend more. Mac has nothing to do with school programs like ABA. Why don't you understand that. And by the way I will be voting for Debbie Meehan. The Reinhards say that the two people who got them through the last year were Mac and Debbie Meehan. That's enough for me. Have never even met your friend Luban. Does he even show up at anything?
unknownauthor February 26, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Well, Mr. Die hard conservative Republican, just how long have you lived in the Land of MacBelieve? Mr. Luban has had 28 years on the town council, has been active in the K of C, his church and many other community affairs. So, as they say, unless you just fell off the turnip truck, how is it you have not met him? Where oh where have you been? When you say Mac has nothing to do with the school board programs, do you mean except for his influence (read, control) over the BOE? When Mac and Company do their Pilot Programs ( which has help Woodbridge meet its COAH requirements, right!), the county and the school district don't get any of the tax revenues. Accordingly, they have to raise taxes to cover the costs associated with more stress on the township's/county's schools and infrastructure. Now, if the school district had those tax revenues, they might, just might, have less reasons for raising taxes. As to what the school does spend money on, well, that is a matter of priorities, isn't it. Having meet Ms. Meehan, I think she is a nice person. How do you think she will handle what surely will be a conflict of interests between her journalistic/publishing vocation and her political advocation? As to Ms. Meehan and Mac helping the Reinhards (assume you mean our fallen Marine Corps hero, Cpl. Reinhards', parents), God bless them for their efforts and the Reinhards for their son and his sacrifice for our nation. Semper fi!
Robert Johns February 26, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I dont care how long he has been on the Township Council. I have never met him. And I have kids involve in sports and in the schools. I didnt even know we had a K of C in Colonia. You ask where have I been? Where has he been? Knocking on my door? NO. Coming to my kids school or my kids games? NO. Why did he vote no to protect the Country CLub from development? That's not in Colonia's best interests. And it's another reason to vote for Mac. And I dont see any issue with Debbie Meehan. She is the most honest person I have ever met. She let Luban have a column in her paper as a REpublican so she is clearly not partisan in her newsletter.
Katy Lake February 26, 2013 at 02:32 PM
You want Bob Luban to go to your kids' games? LOL! Why don't you go to them? You want him to feed your kids, too?
Robert Johns February 26, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I obviously don't mean he should go to games like a parent does. But poiticians always hand out trophies and go to the picnics and march in the parades and that's how they get known. That's maybe why I don't know Luban. I never see him at anything in Colonia. He has never ever been at the football league pep rally. Why is that? THe Patriots are all about Colonia. I have been to the American Legion for Steak Night where I meet the Reinhards regularly. Nobody has ever seen Luban at one. Just stating the facts, that's all. He is not a hard working public servant.


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