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In this February 2019 file photo, Monroe Township School District acting Superintendent Robert Goodall, left, Board of Education President Kathy Kolupanowich, center, and Business Administrator Michael Gorski reviewing plans for the March 12 referendum. In July, Goodall submitted his resignation to the Monroe Township School District to become the Manasquan High School principal. 

MONROE – A respected principal and the former acting superintendent left the Monroe Township School District after more than a decade as an administrator.

Robert Goodall, who served as acting superintendent last school year, had his letter of resignation accepted at the July 17 Board of Education meeting.

“I would certainly like to thank Mr. Goodall for his 15 years of collaboration here in the district,” said Business Administrator Michael Gorski. “It was a pleasure serving with him and I wish him the best. They have a fine school administrator transitioning to Manasquan schools.”

Goodall was hired to be the Manasquan High School principal, after 13 years as the Monroe Township High School principal.

“I wish him all the best in his new role and thank him for all that he has done in the [Monroe Township High School] and as the acting superintendent in the last year,” Superintendent Dori Alvich said.

In June, the Board of Education appointed Alvich as district superintendent. Alvich had served as the assistant superintendent for five years, including last year under Goodall.

Former superintendent Michael Kozak did not receive a new contract in 2018. In the interim, the Board of Education named Goodall the acting superintendent for 2018-2019.

“I’m utterly disappointed that the resignation of Mr. Goodall is on the agenda tonight,” said community member Chrissy Skurbe. “The staff, parents, and students alike have so much admiration and respect for Mr. Goodall. He’s done so much to move our district forward for the students.”

Skurbe alleged, without proof, “personal agendas” by some school board members resulted in Goodall not becoming superintendent.

“Last year, the Board of Education voted unanimously to support Mr. Goodall as acting superintendent. He came in with the full support of the community, parents, staff, and students and we had a great year under his leadership. Many thought he would be superintendent.”

Board members did not respond to Skurbe’s claims at the meeting.

The day before the school board accepted Goodall’s resignation, the now-former acting superintendent wrote to the Manasquan High School community.

In his July 16 letter, Goodall wrote, “I look forward to the new challenge of leading our exemplary high school for the 2019-20 school year and beyond.”

He added, “My familiarity with some of our families and residents, as well as the rich tradition of the high school, will be a great asset in my efforts to communicate our school and district goals for the school year to the school community.”

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.