Franklin Lakes June 10, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 7 School superintendent plans to retire in 2010 by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Board of Education has accepted “with deep regret” the resignation for retirement purposes of Superintendent Dr. Roger Bayersdorfer effective June 30, 2010. Bayersdorfer has been an educator since 1974. He has been the Franklin Lakes school district’s superintendent since Sept. 1, 2000, when he replaced former superintendent Dr. Edward J. Sullivan, who retired after leading the K-8 district for the previous 15 years. Prior to joining the Franklin Lakes district, Bayersdorfer was superintendent of the River Edge public school district from 1991 to 2000. River Edge is a K-6 district with 900 pupils. In 1999, during his administration, one of the two River Edge elementary schools was named a national Blue Ribbon School. Before working in River Edge, Bayersdorfer served as a school principal in Paramus and Westwood. He was also the administrative assistant for programs and instruction in Montvale and a health and physical education teacher in Mahwah. “Over the years, I’ve had terrific boards of education to work with,” Bayersdorfer said. “They have worked very hard with us to create positive change in the district and I’ll miss the professional discussions with this fantastic staff. I really feel that this instructional staff delivers a great product. “I’ve also had a good supportive parent base to work cooperatively with on our objectives. Franklin Lakes is a terrific town and we have children who come to school ready to learn and that helps us to deliver top-notch programs.” Bayersdorfer explained that he gave a year’s notice to the board because replacing a superintendent is one of the most important tasks for a community, and he wanted to make sure the board had enough time to go through the process in a thoughtful manner. “As I plan to leave the community, it is my desire to leave it in great shape and to make it even better in the future,” Bayersdorfer said. “I want the whole system to grow.” He said he had no specific plans for retirement, but hopes to spend more time with his two grandsons. School Board President Carmen Monte expressed her gratitude to Bayersdorfer on behalf of the Franklin Lakes Board of Education for his nine years of leadership as superintendent of schools. “Dr. Bayersdorfer’s many accomplishments have greatly enhanced the quality of our education system, and the community has prospered under his leadership,” she said. “During his tenure, we have seen our enrollment grow from 1,100 to the current 1,500 students, and we have seen the needs of students evolve along with additional mandates from the state. Dr. Bayersdorfer met these challenges with his characteristic grace and a steady hand.” Monte pointed out that, during Bayersdorfer’s tenure, the school district reopened Colonial Road School ontime and under budget, added additional classrooms at the Franklin Avenue Middle School, air conditioned the Woodside Avenue and High Mountain Road schools, and expanded the use of technology including the current fiber optics project which will be completed in 2009-10. (continued on page 25) ����������������������������������������� �������������������������������������� ������������������ Like the idea and philosophy behind acupuncture but are scared of needles? Why not try Tuina Massage. Let us Gift Certificates help you relax, replenish, and rejuvenate. Available Come on in and get your 20% off with this coupon! W/COUPON • Exp. 6/30/09 • Not Combinable WELLNESS CENTER � ������������������� � �������������� ��������������� �������������� ����������������� ����������������� ������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������ A Neighborhood Massage Therapy �������������� �������������������� �������������������� Caring for Your Beautiful Landscape is our Specialty 6-10-09 pat/janine CirinoBW2x2(created2/11/08) 2 X 2” LET THE PROFESSIONALS SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY Seasonal garden care program Hand pruning of ornamental shrubs for natural shape Overgrown landscapes are our specialty Landscape design & construction – Design fees apply Irrigation & Lighting services Residential & Commercial We are a call or a click away One Call • N.J.D.C.A. Lic#13VH01114000 • N.J.D.C.A. Lic#13VH01114000 All major credit cards accepted (201) 670-9000 6-3-09----ChrisJamesColorGeneric3x4 3col x 4” Ester for PROOF... from Janine ts Ha to Off DADS & GRADS Residentia