HIGHTSTOWN: School board hires new business administrator, director of student services

By Amy Batista, Special Writer
HIGHTSTOWN – The Board of Education appointed its new business administrator, board secretary and new director of student services during its meeting last week.
After the first executive session, Paul Todd was appointed the new business administrator and board secretary. He is expected to begin he position in East Windsor on Jan. 17, 2106, and will be paid an annual salary of $152,000, according to his contract of employment.
Nicholas Puleio is serving as the interim business administrator and board secretary and was appointed at the Aug. 10 meeting. “Paul Todd joins us from the Cherry Hill School District where he has served since 2009 as the Assistant Business Administrator and Board Secretary,” said Deborah Feaster, assistant superintendent of personnel in a press release on Thursday.
Prior to serving in Cherry Hill, Mr. Todd held the same position in the City of Camden, she added.
“In addition to his Assistant School Business Administrator roles in very large districts, Paul also has experience as a Business Administrator in Washington Township (Robbinsville) and Berlin Township,” she said.
His career began as a senior associate Auditor for eight years where he served as a lead auditor for school districts and local municipalities, she said.
David Roe was appointed as the new director of student services.
“David Roe is currently serving as the director of special services in the Saddle Brook School District,” she said. “Prior to that, Dave served in Saddle Brook as a school psychologist and was one of the most respected members of the Child Study Team.“
She said that Mr. Roe successfully led the Saddle Brook special education department through significant progress and improvements.
“Among his accomplishments are lowering the high classification rate through improved pre-referral interventions, creating programs to bring students back to district, such as an integrated preschool, primary grade ABA program, and a high school transitions class,” she said.
He also led the introduction of the consult model in the middle and high school, and reorganized the structure throughout the district of the LLD classes, she added.
“I would like to thank the board of education for providing me with the opportunity to serve the East Windsor Regional School District. I am very excited to be a part of a district that has high expectations for student achievement and values educational excellence,” said Mr. Roe. “I firmly believe that all students have the ability to achieve at a high level when provided with the proper educational supports. I look forward to collaborating with the educational community to ensure all students reach their potential and that the diverse learning needs of the student population are effectively met.”
It is anticipated that Mr. Row will begin his in mid-January, she said.
“The board is confident that Paul and David will be excellent additions and will ensure a smooth transition with continued improvement to the district’s business and special services departments,” said Ms. Feaster.