WM superintendent resigns

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  • Photo by Patricia Keller James McLaughlin is seen here in 2012 when he was hired by the West Milford School District.

WEST MILFORD — West Milford's Superintendent of schools James McLaughlin, Ed.D., has resigned.

McLaughlin accepted a position as superintendent of the North Plainfield School District, which is located in Somerset County. He will reportedly remain in the West Milford district until Dec. 31, 2014.

Officials from both districts have confirmed the move.

The West Milford Board of Education posted the following message Thursday evening on its facebook page: "Dr. McLaughlin, superintendent of the West Milford school district, has recently submitted a letter of resignation to the BOE with a proposed effective date of December 31, 2014. The BOE is reviewing the matter and will be voting on Dr. McLaughlin's resignation during its September meeting."

West Milford Board of Education president Inga Koeppe said she is grateful to have had McLaughlin in the district.

"We are disappointed to lose Dr. McLaughlin as superintendent; however we do understand this opportunity offered to him and wish him all the best," said Koeppe. "Personally, I am grateful for entrusting Dr. McLaughlin with the responsibility to lead the staff and students of West Milford and, as a result of his initiatives, our district will continue to build upon its success. There are great things still to come for the district."

Donald Sternberg, school business administrator and board secretary for the North Plainfield school district, confirmed that McLaughlin was hired by his district on Wednesday night. He said McLaughlin is tentatively scheduled to start in North Plainfield on Jan. 1, 2015. His salary is at the state cap level of $167,500.

McLaughlin has been the head of the West Milford district since July 1, 2012. He came to West Milford after spending 11 years in the Cranford School District, serving as director of special services and assistant superintendent.

McLaughlin had signed a three-year contract with West Milford in 2012, taking him through June 30, 2015 at a salary of $165,500. He also received more than $12,000 in a merit bonus from the district last October for meeting specific merit goals as he began his second year at West Milford.

This story will be updated as developments unfold.

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