by Chris McGlynn
Westfield Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan was named the Union County Superintendent of the Year by the Union County Superintendents’ Roundtable on Sept. 18.
Dolan said that she was “completely surprised” and pleased by the selection, but added that she does not want to take all the credit.
She said: “This award has my name on it, but it is really a testament to the hard work of the students, the teachers, administrators and members of the Board of Education. We work very hard each day because it is the right thing to do, and it is gratifying to be recognized for our efforts.”
Assistant Principal Mr. James DeSarno said he felt that Dolan is very hands on with everyone in the administration. He added: “Dr. Dolan is someone I feel comfortable going to for any issue. This award is well deserved as she has too many positive qualities to count.”
Dolan has been the superintendent of the Westfield school district since 2007. According to a BOE press release, Dolan oversees 10 schools and 6,300 student-- the largest Westfield enrollment in 35 years.
One of the changes in WHS during Dolan’s leadership has been the addition of a Mandarin program at the high school.
According to Mandarin Teacher Ms. Kim Ou-Yang, “In its first year, there was only one Mandarin I class, but over the summer the numbers grew so that a second class was opened for students.”
According to Dolan, the award “qualifications include: meeting the needs of students, demonstrated communication strength, a commitment to professional development and growth, and community involvement.”
The president of the roundtable and the executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators will attend the Oct. 15 meeting of the Westfield BOE to present the award; Dolan said this will be “the icing on the cake.”