Gov.-elect Phil Murphy announced Friday that Asbury Park Schools Superintendent Dr. Lamont Repollet will serve as commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education for Murphy's administration.
Repollet has been Asbury Park schools’ superintendent since 2014, he was previously principal for Carteret High School for nine years.
“Ever since I began my campaign for governor, I have made it clear that one of my key focuses would be ensuring that every child, in every community, would have access to the very best education,” said Murphy in a statement.
Education leaders in New Jersey recently told NJBIZ that the state needs a strategic plan for K-12 and higher education. College presidents have referred to the issue as a “political football” that has been neglected by governors on both sides of the aisle for the past several decades.
Repollet said the issues of fair funding for school districts and institutions and a focus on introducing new teaching techniques that focus on STEM fields would be a focus for his position.
“From ensuring that every district gets full and fair funding, to creating the strong STEM curriculum that will drive our future workforce, to helping educators bring innovative teaching techniques into the classroom, I am committed to ensuring excellence in every school,” said Repollet in a statement.