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Citing Health Concerns, Toms River Regional Super Announces Retirement

Superintendent Frank Roselli, who suffered a heart attack in March, plans to finish out this school year

Weeks after suffering a heart attack, Toms River's Superintendent of Schools Frank Roselli announced that he will retire at the conclusion of the current school year due to health concerns. 

Roselli, 61, was hospitalized on March 2 after experiencing shortness of breath and was resting at home a few days after the incident. He submitted a letter of retirement to the Board of Education prior to their March 21 meeting, said President Ben Giovine. 

"I was sincerely looking forward to completing the final two years of my commitment to the school district, however health concerns necessitate my retirement at the end of this school year," reads the letter submitted by Roselli. 

Roselli plans to return to work "pending cardiologist's input" on April 1 after the school district's Spring recess, which begins on March 25 and ends on March 31, according to district spokesperson Tammi Millar.

Roselli served as assistant superintendent for over eight years before being appointed to lead the district in 2011 following the resignation of disgraced superintendent Michael Ritacco.

"Mr. Roselli took over as superintendent in a time of trouble, when this district was rocked by scandal. He helped to bring a sense of normalcy and balance back to this district," board member Alex Pavliv said. "He helped bring this district back to what it should be."

The superintendent said that he has been "blessed" to have been an educator for the past 40 years, 32 of which were spent in Toms River. 

"I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life," he said in the letter, which he closed by writing that the children "always come first."

Board member Joseph Torrone, like President Ben Giovine, said that he accepted the retirement "with regret" and asked that the board consider a forthcoming resolution honoring Roselli for his service. 

Tired of the status quo March 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Mr. Roselli, I am glad to see that you thought of you and you family first. There is NO JOB in this world that is worth your health. I wish you nothing but good health and happiness in whatever the future holds for you. GOD speed for your recovery! Good luck and happiness in your retirement and most enjoy it!
Robert Bressman March 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Nobody from the Ritacco era should be honored! Roselli, helped to continue Ritacco's reign with underhanded tactics to keep the puppet board in place. I find it hard to believe that Roselli knew nothing about or suspected anything in all those years of Ritacco's wheeling and dealing. Roselli was also part of the forced labor of teachers and students at the Toms River Fest, I hope this board takes a deep breathe and rethinks this idea.
jennifer March 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I wonder who will take his place, here's a suggestion..... Mr. James Hauenstien or Mr. Pizza. Both men of intergrity and have served our children well!!!!
grace March 22, 2013 at 02:24 PM
only a suggestion but this time get someone from outside the district like you should have done after ritacco..they all knew what was going on and sat back in order for the tr family and friend plan to continue
Ken March 22, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Jennifer I hope you meant this as a joke!
Ken March 22, 2013 at 02:48 PM
It better be someone from out of the area without any ties to the school system. If not than any board member who approves of someone from within should be voted out next time they run.
Cosma March 22, 2013 at 03:10 PM
fine.... at least he's being upfront with the people. Now is the chance to find someone outside the district with no ties. Also not a senior citizen with no longevity.
Stephanie Sevastakis March 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I think we need a Superintendent from another District that has a proven record of success in every aspect of Educating children. I do believe though that it would be ideal if they grew up or possibly reside in TR so that they aren't a total fish out of water and understand the current environment and the many pitfalls they may face. No offense to the current Asst Supers in TR but too much baggage has been created from the previous Administration and TR needs a fresh perspective. TR is a large school system and our children deserve a Superintendent who already has a record of success in another District.
Fight Club March 22, 2013 at 04:16 PM
they are all OVERPAID AND OVER COMPENSATED by the same taxpayers who cannot afford their property taxes any longer.......what a fraudulent and broken business model..........way past the tipping point !
JD March 22, 2013 at 04:36 PM
That's a joke... right Jennifer.. 7 of 12 Elementary schools didn't make AYP last year. Hauenstein... as Principle of TRNorth never made AYP in 8 years.... took TRNorth from a ranking of 55-60th percentile to the 30th percentile. No thanks to either. I would be surprised if Hausenstein or Pizza are given tenure as assistant super as they are up for tenure this year!!
JD March 22, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I agree... lets get a new Super... someone from outside of TRRS!!
Mitch Mitchell March 22, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Are they going to do another "nation wide" search like before and end up with someone from Toms River again?
letsgetreal March 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM
TR Voice... Great comment, best one on here. We need someone that understand Education first. They need to be less of a CEO and more of a proven Educator.
letsgetreal March 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Chief, Honestly what do you suggest then. I have not problem paying for a Good Super as long as they do the job correctly. If your gonna water down the salary for a position such as the Super for one of the largest school systems in NJ then your gonna get what you pay for! Stop the complaining and get in the game already...LOL
Mike L March 23, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Just a question.....if he is worried about his health, that he should be, then why is he waiting for the end of the year. We could see how the school system works in the interim, like when MR was taken away in cuffs, and the assistant took over. Doesn't others know how to run the business, or should I say how the business is run?
Realitysux March 23, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Why not just give mike citta his job back?
Realitysux March 24, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Why not just hire mike citta he's already being paid an asst super salary
Lori Newmann March 24, 2013 at 03:38 AM
jd- how do you know or find out this information? It seems relevant to us parents within the district, but we never hear about this kind of stuff. The only school ranking I ever see is that on nj.com.....pls share!
letsgetreal March 24, 2013 at 04:06 PM
TR Voice... Great comment, best one on here. We need someone that understand Education first. They need to be less of a CEO and more of a proven Educator.
Doug Flutie March 28, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Hauenstein is a bag of hot air. Should be preaching at church, not running a school system. Not a strong enough administrator. Elementary school principal is best fit.
Doug Flutie March 28, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Feel good
DeeJ March 28, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Parents need to be informed. TR Schools is not what it once was. Low test scores, poor academic accomplishments, antiquated curriculum all make for an unsuccessful school system. Choice schools are a great option for your children. Stay informed. Ask questions and demand answers from school officials regarding what type of education your child is getting. Chances are they won't know.

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