BOE appoints new school superintendent

Spring Lake Heights new school superintendent, John Spalthoff, and his family. RYAN WELSH / THE COAST STAR

SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The Spring Lake Heights Board of Education appointed a new superintendent and principal at its meeting on Monday night.

John Spalthoff will begin as the Spring Lake Heights Elementary School superintendent and principal on Aug. 1.

Mr. Spalthoff was previously the principal at the Pinebrook School in the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District, according to current Superintendent James McCartney.

According to Mr. McCartney, Mr. Spalthoff earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and earned his master’s in educational administration from Georgian Court University in Lakewood.

Mr. Spalthoff will be replacing Mr. McCartney, who has served as the SLHES superintendent for the last five years.

In April, Mr. McCartney announced his resignation in a letter to parents, stating he would be moving to Puerto Rico to “embark on a family adventure” where he will be taking a job at a private, pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school as the elementary principal and director of instructional technology.

He was honored at the board of education meeting on June 26.

“It is a very difficult place to leave because of the people that are here in this town,” Mr. McCartney told the Spring Lake Heights board members and audience on June 26.

“In this role, you work very hard and you don’t always realize all the effort you are putting in, and they appreciate that.”

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