Assistant Superintendent Denise Cleary was appointed acting superintendent of Linden Public Schools on Thursday night, May 30, after the resignation of Superintendent Danny A. Robertozzi.
The Board of Education approved the appointment at its regular monthly meeting. It also authorized Business Administrator and Board Secretary Kathleen Gaylord to post and advertise for an interim superintendent to take over on July 1.
Board of Education President Gregory R. Martucci said he plans to create an ad hoc committee of board members to begin the search for a permanent superintendent.
Cleary has been assistant superintendent since April 2013. Before that she was principal of Linden High School from 2007 to 2011. She was the first woman to hold the job since Lida M. Ebbert, for whom the school is named, served from 1910 to 1952.
Cleary began in the Linden Public Schools in 1989 as a science teacher at Linden High School. She has also served as principal of School No. 5 and McManus Middle School, and as supervisor of science and fine and performing arts.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and master’s degree in administration and supervision from Kean University.
Robertozzi resigned a day after being appointed as superintendent in Clifton.
“As I end my 21 years with this district, I leave with nothing but great memories and love for all,” he said in farewell remarks at the board meeting. “Linden is truly an exceptional community that I love with all my heart. But I know in my heart it is time for a new challenge.
“To the Linden community, I want to thank you for letting me serve you. And thank you for allowing me to love your children. I will truly miss all of you.”