The resignation of Fair Haven School District Superintendent Nelson Ribon has been common knowledge for about a week, since the Board of Education accepted his resignation at its meeting last week.
Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect has since requested an interview with Ribon; and he has not yet responded.
He did, however, send a letter out to parents of students in the district.
The complete letter read:
Dear Parents & Guardians,
After several weeks of deep reflection about my professional experiences in our district since 2011, along with the exciting opportunities available to me in the very near future, it was with bitter-sweet emotions that I submitted my resignation, effective July 1, 2016, to the Board of Education nearly two weeks ago. The BOE regretfully approved my decision at this week’s monthly meeting.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Fair Haven community for nearly five years. I have met great people, developed friendships along the way, and most importantly been a part of the lives of children who have big hearts and great minds.
I will move on with lots of wonderful memories, and proud that the next Superintendent will have a superb leadership team and staff in place, exciting programs and opportunities for all students, a Strategic Plan created with input from a wide representation of stakeholder groups, a vision for the expansion of our schools to work with, as well as tremendous partnerships to foster and grow.
During the next six months, I will continue to move the district forward with the support of our great staff, while assisting the Board with their transition, if and as needed.
I am confident that the Board of Education will communicate their plans for a search in the weeks and months to come.
On behalf of my family, I wish you all a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.
Thank you for your time,
Superintendent, Fair Haven Public Schools
224 Hance Road | Fair Haven NJ 07704
How Ribon ended up in the superintendent’s office:
Ribon, who has a master’s degree and roughly 15 years of experience in education, first came to the district as principal of Knollwood School in June of 2011.
Prior to that, he spent a seven-year stint as principal of Freehold Borough Intermediate School and as a teacher at St. John Vianney in Holmdel and Keansburg.
When former superintendent, Kathleen Cronin, announced her retirement from the district , effective July 1, 2013, a search firm was hired to root out the right choice for her replacement.
After months of meetings and search strategies, the firm’s leader, Rich Morasco, of Little Silver-based Leadership Advantage, announced that Ribon was the choice for the stop administrative spot.
Morasco had said that the new superintendent did not have to live in Fair Haven, but had to act like it, as, in addition to having the pertinent experience and educational background, having strong community ties had been identified by residents as a critical qualification for anyone vying for the superintendent job.
Ribon, according to state records, earned a salary of $132,500 as Knollwood’s principal. His salary, according to the records went up to $145,000 for the superintendent position.
When first hired, Ribon had said that he was “on cloud nine.”
— Elaine Van Develde