BRISTOL BOROUGH >> The Bristol Borough School Board has selected the Superintendent of the Valley View School District in Lackawanna County as its choice to succeed retiring superintendent Dr. Thomas Shaffer.
In a press announcement, the board announced Dr. Rose Minniti as its finalist for the position of Superintendent of Schools and said it intends to name Dr. Minniti to the position at its regularly scheduled school board meeting on May 16 beginning at 7 p.m. subject to the execution of a mutally-acceptable contract of employment. The meeting will be held in the LGI Room at the Snyder-Girotti Elementary School, 450 Beaver Street, Bristol.
Once approved by the school board, Dr. Minniti is anticipated to begin her service on or before August 1.
The board began the search process in December 2018 by conducting a community survey to determine what district stakeholders were looking for in their new superintendent. The community responded with their opinions, goals and priorities for the role. The Board then conducted a comprehensive search process facilitated by the Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) and guided by the community’s feedback.
Of the 25 applications that were received, 12 were selected by the search committee for initial interviews. Six candidates advanced to the second round, and two to the final round.
The Bristol Borough Board of School Directors invites all community members to meet Dr. Minniti on Thursday, May 2 at a forum to be held in LGI Room at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School, 450 Beaver Street, Bristol. The evening will begin with light refreshments and an informal meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. in the lobby followed by the forum moderated by Dr. Mark Hoffman, Executive Director of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Input from residents is appreciated. The community is asked to submit questions for consideration via this website: http://bciu.formstack.com/forms/bristolborough_community_forum which will be accessible until Monday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m.
Dr. Hoffman will categorize the questions by theme and ask them directly to Dr. Minniti during the forum. This process will maximize the number of questions that can be addressed in the time allotted. For those who cannot attend, the forum will be live-streamed with a link available on the district’s website on the evening of the event. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
“I’m excited to become a part of Bristol Borough school family,” said Dr. Minniti. “I believe that the school system is the heart of the community. Its success depends on the Superintendent’s ability to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for students to grow and develop as learners and citizens, and to integrate quality programs and teaching strategies to foster 21st century skills while ensuring fiscal responsibility. I believe the Bristol Borough School District possesses all the fundamentals that are central to achieving great success and look forward to involving all community stakeholders in making our district the best it can be.”
Dr. Minniti is a graduate of Wilkes University with an Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership and a Superintendent Certificate. She also holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership and her Principal Certification (K-12) from Wilkes University, an M.Ed in Affective Education from East Stroudsburg University and a BS in Biology and a minor in education from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (Cum Laude).
She began her career as a biology and chemistry teacher at Pocono Mountain High School in the Pocono Mountain School District from 1993 to 1997. She then taught advance placement chemistry at West Scranton High School in the Scranton School District from 1997 to 2005 before being named vice principal in 2005 and then principal in 2007. In 2011 she was named director of mathematics and science with the Abington Heights School District. And in 2017 she was hired as superintendent of schools with the Valley View School District.
At Valley View, she has worked collaboratively with district stakeholders to foster culture of trust, teamwork and growth; served as a liaison between the board of directors and the school district; establish channels of communication with parents, administration, faculty, students and community stakeholders; actively participated in daily school activities through gallery walks and attendance of district events; collaborated with the administrative team to establish district-wide goals and objectives based on assessed need; maintained a safe and secure learning environment for all students; collaborated with the business manager to establish the district’s budget and ensure fiscal responsibility; accessed curricular needs and incorporate programs which increase growth, achievement and rigor; provided professional development opportunities for district faculty in alignment with curricular and district goals; ensured all students and teachers have access to appropriate technology and software; pursued grant opportunities to further the district’s mission, vision and goals; and overseen the management of all sporting events and extra-curricular opportunities provided to students
She has also negotiated district contracts as well as contracts with outside venders such as food service and busing; collaborated with the director of special education to ensure all students can access learning opportunities; manage the hiring committees for all district employees; established protocols for human resource department regarding records and clearances; analyzed and deliver district-wide standardized data results; fostered continuing professional growth of administrators using goals and action plans; and ensured that the district facilities are well maintained.