The New Jersey State Board of Education today approved the appointment of Anthony P. Marino of Wayne as the new Essex County Superintendent of Schools. Marino has served Essex County as acting schools superintendent since October 1999.
Marino, a veteran educator who began his career in 1967, taught science and science-related subjects such as chemistry and biology in six school districts in northern New Jersey before he joined the Department of Education in 1995 as an educational program specialist in the Essex County Office of Education.
In Essex County, Marino was responsible for many functions, including the review and approval of districts annual Quality Assurance Reports and applications for state and federal grants. In addition, he monitored local school districts for conformance with state and federal education laws and regulations, assisted in the review of local school budgets, and visited charter schools in order to review their programs.
Marino earned his bachelors degree in science education and his masters degree in student personnel services, both from Montclair State University. He has also completed 36 credits beyond his masters in courses such as elementary certification, supervision and administration.
County superintendents of schools are appointed by the Commissioner and approved by the State Board of Education to serve for three-year terms. They are responsible for assisting local school districts in their counties with educational planning and program improvement. They are also responsible for conducting and approving fiscal, educational facility and transportation services in their counties. County superintendents meet regularly with local superintendents to discuss state-level developments in education and help to identify needs and trends.