Ross Kasun, pictured above, is the new superintendent of Lawrence Township Public Schools.

The Lawrence Township Board of Education unanimously appointed Ross Kasun as superintendent of the Lawrence Township Public Schools at a special meeting on Aug. 8. Kasun replaces Crystal Edwards who retired at the end of March 2018.

The board will host a meet and greet on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence High School Commons so families, staff and community members may meet Kasun.

Kasun is currently the schools superintendent in Freehold Township. In 2017 he was chosen as the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.

A cornerstone of Kasun’s vision is allowing students to be leaders of their own learning. For his efforts to use technology to foster personalized learning, he was chosen to participate in the first cohort for the Lexington Education Leadership Award. This six-month fellowship helped create a vision that transformed learning in his district.

Ross Kasun

This work helped Freehold to be recognized as one of the most innovative in the country and was invited to participate in the League of Innovative Schools. His article about leading a district’s journey toward personalized learning was published in District Administration in January 2017. Kasun was selected by the White House to attend the Future Ready Summit in Washington, D.C. in November 2014, for his efforts to infuse technology into daily practice.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Dr. Ross Kasun to Lawrence Township,” board president Kevin Van Hise said. “Dr. Kasun stood out among the field of candidates for his experience as an educational leader, strength in collaboration, passion for education, and proven track record in making student-focused decisions that support academic success. We want to thank everyone for their help in this process. We believe that Dr. Kasun will be a visionary leader and a great match for our students, staff and community.”

Kasun has 23 years of experience in public education, the first five as an elementary school teacher. His administrative career began as principal in South Orange-Maplewood and then principal in Milburn. He then served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Summit and followed by superintendent in Colts Neck for three years before his appointment as superintendent in Freehold.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as your superintendent,” Kasun said. “Throughout this process, I have been incredibly impressed with the Lawrence Township School District, and I am committed to build on the great work that has been accomplished. Creating learning experiences focused on the growth of every student is my passion. I was attracted to the diversity of this community, and I look forward to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to provide every student with an exceptional educational experience.”

There were 41 applicants for the role of LTPS superintendent, of which six were interviewed by the board’s superintendent search committee. The board met with the final three candidates before coming together and reaching a consensus that Kasun would be the best candidate to lead the district.

Interim superintendent Andrew Zuckerman will continue to serve until the end of August and will work with Kasun for a smooth leadership transition.