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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. 

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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