The Education Commissioner nominee Lamont Repollet was approved by the State Board as an Assistant Commissioner and Action Commissioner January 29. The approval moves Repollet forward in the process to becoming New Jersey’s next commissioner. Repollet must still be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and eventually, the full Senate.
The Commissioner of Education is the chief executive school officer of New Jersey and supervises all public schools. He or she is also a member of the Governor’s cabinet. As education leader of the state, the Commissioner recommends legislative initiatives and changes, suggests rules and regulations for state board consideration, produces educational research, conducts initiatives to meet the state’s educational needs, and serves as liaison between the local school districts and the federal government.
Repollet spoke to the Board after his approval. He served as a Superintendent in Asbury Park, and prior to that, a principal in Cartaret.