The Millburn, NJ public school district is now looking to Dr. Christine Burton to lead the district after its recent choice, Robert Zywicki, withdrew his candidacy.
The Item of Millburn reported on May 28 that Zywicki had withdrawn after recognizing that he did not have the full support of the Board of Education. However, Zywicki had then expressed renewed interest in the position after receiving supportive communication from the Millburn community. Ultimately, approval of Zywicki’s contract was removed from the agenda of the final Board of Education meeting for May.
Now comes the announcement that Burton has been appointed as superintendent, effective July 1. Burton has been serving as the Interim Superintendent of Schools since March 1. She has been Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction since August 2010.
Read more about Burton in this release from the Millburn, NJ Board of Education:
The Millburn Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christine Burton as Superintendent of Millburn Schools effective July 1, 2015.
Dr. Burton has been serving as the Interim Superintendent of Schools since March 1. She has been Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction since August 2010.
“The Board of Education is extremely pleased that Dr. Burton will be taking on the permanent role as Superintendent of Millburn Schools,” stated Board President John Westfall-Kwong. “With firsthand knowledge of running facets of our District for nearly five years as well as serving as Board President of the Lebanon Borough School District, Dr. Burton provides ideal skills to advance educational achievements for our students to the next level. Personally, I’ve had the opportunity to work directly with her for the past few months, and I’m truly impressed by her integrity, vision and leadership.”
“I would like to thank the Board of Education for this opportunity,” said Dr. Burton. “I recognize the challenging task involved in the selection process of the superintendent. While serving as president of my own Board of Education, I spearheaded the search committee in the hiring of our current superintendent of schools. I also know how important it is for the superintendent to partner with the Board of Education, the district staff and the community to move the district forward in its pursuit of excellence through offering highly engaging and innovative opportunities for all students. I look forward to continuing my work with the educators, parents and students of this outstanding school district.”
While many parents and staff in the district know Dr. Burton in her role as Assistant Superintendent, the Board will provide an opportunity for community members to meet and greet her in this new capacity on a date and time to be announced soon.
Dr. Burton came to Millburn from the Montgomery Township School District, where she had been the Director of Mathematics since 2001. She was Mathematics Content specialist in the Hillsborough School District from 1997-2001 and prior to that she taught 7th grade Mathematics, Social Studies and Writing in Hillsborough.
Dr. Burton has also served on the Lebanon Borough Board of Education for six years. She has been Board President from 2011 to 2015, and Vice President from 2009-2011.
Dr. Burton received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Trenton State College. She has a Master of Arts degree in Education and her Doctorate in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University.
The Millburn Township School District is known throughout the state and nation for its academic excellence and high student achievement. A total of approximately 5,000 students attend its seven schools: five elementary (K-5), one middle school (6-8), and one high school (9-12). The district also operates an integrated preschool program for both special needs and regular education students.
Millburn High School is repeatedly recognized as one of the most outstanding secondary schools in both the state and the nation. 99% of graduating seniors attend four-year colleges. It has been named the best high school in the state by New Jersey Monthly magazine, and is currently ranked in the top five. The high school and school district are consistently highly rated in national public school rankings.