Breaking: Raslowsky resigns
Raslowsky returns to Jesuit roots
With only about two years on the job and two more years remaining on his contract, Hoboken Superintendent of Schools Jack Raslowsky is leaving to take a position in New York City. No official statement has been released, but have been chasing the rumors all day since Hoboken411 user “poed” first posted this comment at 10:04 this morning:
“Raslowsky… has not communicated, to the board or anyone else, his intention to leave the district in August. He has accepted another job at Xavier HS in NYC. So much for communication… When was he planning to let the board know they needed to hire a new Superintendent? Several parents knew of his plans as many have children in Xavier and/or friends with children in Xavier and were told about the arrival of a new President.”
In accepting the position at the highly regarded Xavier High School, Raslowsky returns to his Jesuit roots. Before taking the Hoboken job in what many called a rushed political coup, Raslowsky served as Principal at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City and the provincial assistant for Education and Lay Formation of the New York Province Society of Jesus overseeing seven Jesuit high schools and five middle schools in New York and New Jersey.
Raslowsky was Roberts’ choice
Raslowsky was Mayor David Roberts’ hand-picked choice to succeed former Superintendent Pat Gagliardi, who was given a controversial $600,000 buyout package to make room for Jack. His father served on the Board of Ed in the 70’s, before Raslowsky himself was elected, and later served as Board President before stepping down to be considered for the top job. As Superintendent, Raslowsky was paid $175,000 a year. After clashing with Gagliardi, Roberts and his allies on the Board of Ed engineered the buyout plan and installation of Raslowsky before an election could change the outcome.
Clashing with Kids First
Raslowsky often clashed with members of the Kids First faction on the board, which took majority control in April. He was often criticized for taking a condescending tone with members of the board and public who had an opinion that differed from his own. No word on exactly when Raslowsky will be leaving (rumors say end of August) and the surprise announcement leaves the district without a leader just two and a half years after the last search, which many people thought was a loaded process with an engineered result.
Who will be the next superintendent? Will more of Raslowsky’s team be leaving as well? How does this effect planning for the new school year? The Board of Ed has a special meeting scheduled for July 30th to deal with contracts that were not dealt with last night. This news will make the tone of that meeting very different. Are you surprised? Happy? Sad? Comment below.
6/17/2009 4:40pm Original Announcement:
Hoboken BoE Superintendent announces resignation
“Superintendent Jack Raslowsky announced his resignation today. He has accepted the position of president of Xavier High School, a Jesuit boys high school in NYC.”