UNION BEACH — The schools chief is leaving the district to take an high-level administrative position in a neighboring town.
Joseph J. Annibale was appointed assistant superintendent on July 27, by the Hazlet Board of Education, according to a statement posted on the district website.
“We are very pleased that we were able to secure such a high caliber candidate for this vacancy with the level of experience that Mr. Annibale brings to the position,” Board President William Kolibas said in a prepared statement.
The school board summed-up Annibale’s career like this:
Annibale, of Middletown, began his 18-year career in education in the New York Public School system as an elementary school teacher. In 2002, he changed careers paths and took a job in school administration. He served as an elementary school assistant principal at Public School 44 in Mariners Harbor on Staten Island.
In 2005, Annibale left the New York to take a job as assistant principal of Memorial School. He was promoted in July 2008 to be the borough school’s principal. In January 2011, he was named superintendent of the Union Beach School District.
Annibale’s defining moment was when he shepherded the district through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to a report on APP.com. Flood waters from the storm wrecked Memorial School and the district’s 720 elementary school students were sent to neighboring districts for the remainder of the year.
He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Shore Center for Students with Autism, and he is active member of the Hazlet Rotary Club.
“I look forward to working with Mr. Annibale in implementing our district’s mission of educating our students to achieve their maximum potential and providing superlative educational programs to the children of Hazlet,” township Superintendent Bernard F. Bragen, Jr. said in a statement.
Annibale will replace David A. Roman, who was recently appointed the Perth Amboy schools chief.