After nearly two years of searching for a permanent Superintendent, the Mahwah school district has found one. Current Ramapo-Indian Hills Superintendent C. Lauren Schoen is stepping down to take the superintendent job in Mahwah.
In a letter to Ramapo students and parents dated Feb. 5, Schoen announced that she had submitted her resignation in order to accept the position in Mahwah.
Her last day at Ramapo Indian Hills will be May 15, she said.
Schoen was hired at RIH in 2009 at a salary of $197,500 and her contract was set to expire this summer, according to a northjersey.com report.
Mahwah officials declined to comment on the details of her contract in the township, the report said, but did say Schoen would likely be introduced officially in Mahwah at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting.
According to state guidelines, which took effect in February 2011, superintendent salaries were capped "at $155,000 for districts with 1,501-3,000 students and $165,000 for those with 3,001-6,500 students," according to the website.
There are approximately 2,308 students enrolled in the Ramapo-Indian Hills School District and 3,436 students in the Mahwah district, according to the website.
Mahwah has been looking for a permanent Superintendent since 2011, when the cap prompted Dr. Charles Montesano to retire. Interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake has been in the district since.
In her letter to students and parents, Schoen said she enjoyed her four years at RIH.
"My four years in Ramapo Indian Hills have been both enjoyable and rewarding," she wrote. "I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve as your superintendent. The best aspect of my time in Ramapo Indian Hills has been the opportunity to work with dedicated staff members, motivated students, supportive parents and board of education members who are truly interested in what is best for our district and our students. I will take with me many fond memories."