VINELAND — Leadership in the city’s school district is undergoing more changes.
Eugene Medio is the Board of Education’s new president after being elected to the post when the panel reorganized earlier this month.
And longtime district employee Ruth Ann Polof became the district’s assistant superintendent of administration this month. Polof has spent her entire educational career in Cumberland County, starting with Bridgeton in 1986 and working the last 21 years for the school system in Vineland, according to information provided by the district.
Polof’s appointment is another in a series of changes, caused by resignations and retirements, among the district’s top administrative staff in recent years.
Last January, the Board of Education hired former Millville Superintendent of Schools Shelly Schneider and former Cumberland County Technical Education Center Superintendent Darlene Barber. Schneider temporarily filled the position now held by Polof, while Barber acted as the district’s temporary business administrator.
Polof replaces Keith Figgs, who retired as the district’s assistant superintendent for administration in 2009. Figgs has filled the post on an interim basis since July, local school officials said.
There have been other significant changes at the top level of the district’s administration staff.
The Board of Education promoted Mary Gruccio to superintendent of schools in March. Gruccio replaced Maryann Banks, who quit the district with about a year still left on her contract.
Gruccio is operating a school district that proved difficult for some former superintendents to run.
Charles “Chalky” Ottinger, who preceded Banks as superintendent, retired after having conflicts with the Board of Education. Ottinger’s predecessor, Clarence Hoover, cited the same reasons for leaving the post.
Polof said in a statement that she is “excited about working with a wonderful central office team to enhance services provided to our students and their parents.”
“I am committed to leadership through communication and collaboration and making people feel valid and valuable,” she said.
Medio was selected as the Board of Education’s president after he was sworn in to office with fellow panel members Susanne Morello, Frank DiGiorgio and Chris Jennings.
Medio said the board’s top priority will be to develop a new budget.
“It sometimes seems like it’s very complicated, and sometimes it seems pretty simple,” Medio said in a statement. “You just don’t spend more than you have.”
The new board president said he also wants the district to adopt rules that will set a three-month approval time for new policies and procedures.
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