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Jonathan Olsen, Director of Secondary Education, to Serve as RHS Interim Principal
On August 11, the Randolph Township Board of Education confirmed the retirement of Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso after 43 years of service to Randolph Township Schools. Mrs. Iosso’s last day of service will be September 30, 2020. An extensive search was initiated immediately following this announcement, and the district shared that it would be soliciting feedback from students, parents, and staff to help ensure the selection of the right candidate to lead Randolph High School. The district partnered with Hanover Research and stakeholders were sent a survey on September 10. The insight gathered from these surveys will be used as part of the district’s comprehensive process. To ensure the continuity of leadership until the most qualified candidate is identified, the Board of Education approved Superintendent Jennifer Fano’s recommendation this evening that Director of Secondary Education Jonathan Olsen serve as Interim Randolph High School Principal.
“Randolph Township Schools is tremendously fortunate to have a team of world class professionals dedicated to the advancement of teaching and learning. We are grateful that Mr. Olsen will serve as interim principal during this time of significant change and transition,” Ms. Fano said. “Over the past 7 years, Mr. Olsen has been instrumental in the success of our secondary education programs. As we continue to implement our hybrid instructional model, having consistency in leadership will be invaluable as our team searches for the perfect leader for Randolph High School.”
Mr. Olsen currently oversees Randolph Middle and High School instructional programs, educational initiatives, and operations. Through his role, he has a great deal of familiarity with current building initiatives. “I have worked closely with the high school administration for many years, first as the high school humanities supervisor and then for the past five years as the Director of Secondary Education,” Mr. Olsen said. “The high school has many talented teachers, administrators, and support staff members—we truly have a wonderful team. I am thrilled to be able to work more closely with them and all of our high school students. Randolph High School has a long history of academic, extracurricular, and athletic excellence; and I will look to continue to support these programs while serving as the interim high school principal. We have so much to be proud of at our high school and in our entire school district. I am grateful to our Superintendent and Board of Education for every opportunity I have been given in Randolph, and I look forward to supporting the ongoing work at our high school this year as we seek to find the next leader for Randolph High School.”
The interview committee for the new high school principal will include the Director of Elementary Education, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Special Services, Business Administrator, and Superintendent. In addition to the survey being conducted by Hanover Research, the interview committee engaged with administrators and a committee of high school teachers last week to review external candidate qualifications. All qualified internal applicants will be offered an interview. All external applicants identified by either the interview committee, administrators, or teacher representatives will be offered an interview as well. The structure of the complete interview process will be finalized once an initial round of a large number of candidates is conducted. The district expects to begin its first round of interviews on September 21, 2020.
In addition to this news, a summary of the Board of Education meeting can be found on the district's website in the link below: