The Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools Education Council (MCVTS) has selected Jorge E. Diaz as the new school principal.
Diaz is expected to assume the superintendent’s post on April 1, according to information provided by MCVTS.
An educator for over two decades, Diaz has served as Superintendent of Schools in the South Amboy School District for the past five years.
“I am honored to accept the position of superintendent of schools for MCVTS,” Diaz said in the statement. “I look forward to applying the experience and expertise gained in my more than 20 years of teaching – as a superintendent, administrator and classroom teacher to this new role.
“Most importantly, I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with leaders from across the county, higher education and the private sector to implement my vision to rename the MCVTS and its program to better prepare students to the changing workforce. Thanks to Middlesex County and the MCVTS Board of Education for giving me this responsibility, ”he said.
Diaz began his education career in 1999 as a technology specialist and teacher for the Union City Board of Education. During his eight years with the Union City School District, Diaz taught sixth, seventh and eighth graders; was a member of the School Technology Working Group and the Budget Working Group; served as an advisor for after-school programs; and coached the high school varsity wrestling team, the statement said.
He then spent 10 years as a secondary and elementary school principal in New Brunswick before accepting the role of Superintendent of South Amboy Public Schools in January 2017.
As the superintendent at South Amboy, Diaz created new special education programs, providing in-house services so that students do not need to leave the district to receive special education programs, the statement said.
Diaz also spearheaded a 1: 1 Chromebook initiative, securing pilot funding from the City of South Amboy to provide Chromebooks to every student in the district.
Diaz received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Kean University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University in 1995.
A resident of Carteret, Diaz has been a member of the Carteret borough council since January 2004, where he is president of finance and administration.
He is also involved in his local community, serving on the executive committee of the Perth Amboy regional branch of the NAACP and as vice chairman of the Carteret Library board, the statement said.
“Finding the right person to lead this unique school district and implement the board’s vision for the future has not been easy, but Mr. Diaz’s unique skills and extensive experience in education administration and teaching makes him the right leader for our students, parents, and the entire school community, ”Keith Jones II, chair of the MCVTS Board of Education, said in the release.
MCVTS was the first full-time county vocational school system in the country, “and over the years it has gained a reputation for providing excellent education for high school students, adults and students with special needs. “, director of the Middlesex County Commissioners Council. Ronald G. Rios said in the statement.
“Running a public school district that serves such a diverse population and offers the wide range of educational opportunities available at MCVTS is no small task, but I think Jorge E. Diaz is up to the challenge. We in Middlesex County are proud of the many assets our county has at our disposal, and Mr. Diaz reflects that, ”said Rios.
“A solid education is the foundation for the future success of any business, and we are committed to supporting MCVTS in its mission to provide a stellar education to county residents,” Middlesex County Commissioner Chanelle Scott McCullum, Advisory Board Chair community who assisted the Board of Education in the research process, said in the statement. “The selection of Jorge E. Diaz as the Superintendent of Schools for MCVTS will ensure that the district is led by a strong and compassionate leader, ready to meet the myriad challenges of 21st century education. “
The MCVTS Board of Education appointed Robert P. Mooney as Acting Superintendent in August 2021.
With six schools located on five campuses in Middlesex County, MCVTS serves approximately 2,200 high school students and approximately 400 mature students each year.
The district has an annual operating budget of more than $ 50 million, the statement said.
For more information on Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, visit www.mcvts.net/.