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Battista and Kobza Advance to New Positions

Board of Ed votes to bring Oxford High’s Samuelson out of retirement

In an anticipated Executive Session, the Monroe Board of Education voted Monday night to hire John Battista, principal of Masuk High School, as Assistant Superintendent of the Monroe School District.

They also appointed Masuk’s Assistant Principal, Joseph Kobza, Interim Principal. Filling Kobza’ former position will be retired Principal, Frank Samuelson, formerly of Oxford High School.

“I hope to make a difference,” said a happy Battista, who will begin his new job Oct. 1 after a minimal transition period.

During an earlier  presentation of the 2010-2011 Student Assessment Results to the Board, he said that he intended to “use the data to work on instruction, curriculum and remediation.”

A dedicated educator Battista began his career as a special needs teacher and soon worked his way up to department head. Since then his experience has been varied and his career path toward administration, though he admits "I love my kids and I love teaching."

Battista  has spent some 29 years in various positions within the Monroe School District gaining in-depth knowledge of the school system and the community.

 He was the principal of Chalk Hill School before moving to Masuk where he has spent the last 11 years. During that period, he led the high school through its accreditation via the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Fellow administrators were on hand to wish him well after the announcement.

donna miller September 20, 2011 at 11:02 AM
YES !! CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER! THUMBS UP
Karen G. French September 20, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Congrats JOE!!!!
Darcy September 20, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Congratulations Joe! We are lucky to have you in Monroe.
Kimberly Marini Killoy September 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Congratulations Joe and John...good things are happening in Monroe! Kim K.
Bob Zyskowski September 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Congratulations John and Joe! Monroe is truly blessed to have men of such great character and leadership.
Bob Cloutier September 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Great selections for both positions. Nice to see the Board of Education reward those who have made such a difference. Congrats to both.
Michele Mount September 20, 2011 at 12:38 PM
John and Joe great job! I wish you continued success, Monroe is very fortunate to have you both,
Lizzy September 20, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Great decision to choose Joe and John for their new positions. Both men will do a fine job for our students and for the district.
Ron September 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Congratulations to both John and Joe. Well-deserved advancement.
blackie September 20, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Excellent news! Joe Kobza is a skilled, dedicated and compassionate leader who was a great source of inspiration to my now graduated son. Congratulations!
Steve Kirsch September 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM
Bill Bittar, this comment by "Barry" is nothing more than a personal attack and should be removed.
jim laguardia September 20, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I hope they drop the word "interim" from the principal title and make it permanent
Rapture September 20, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Glad to see the BOE is making some good decisions early in the school year. CONGRATS to both gentleman we are lucky to have you on our side!

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