West New York schools superintendent to retire in 2015

Despite rumblings that he tendered his resignation — at 69, West New York Superintendent of Schools John Fauta says he’s ready to retire.

That day will come July 1, Fauta announced at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

“I didn’t make a comment when you first approached me because I did not turn in my letter of retirement,” he says.  “And by statute I’m supposed to let the board president and the board members know first.  Monday it became public because they were all contacted and it became part of the agenda.”

Board of Education President Steven Rodas admires Fauta for caring so much about the children of West New York.

“Vince Lombardi once said, ‘the price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we’ve applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.’  Mr. Fauta, you’ve stayed by this district for 22 years – through its highs and its lows,” Rodas says.

Among the superintendent’s accomplishments, in 2011, Memorial High School won College Board’s “AP district of the year award” in the small schools category.

“Great attendance rate, our test scores are equal to many suburban schools; we were quoted by assistant commissioner saying that Union City and West New York get the job done,” Fauta says.

While trustee Matthew Cheng initially didn’t want to run for the Board, he thanked Fauta for the chance to work with him.

“Over the course of this past year, I think this board has been through a lot and I’m sorry to see you go,” Cheng says. “I wish we could have been together longer; I wish I could have been here sooner.”

In the end, the superintendent says it’s the teachers who carry the district.

“I was here to support the children and those teachers and I leave feeling that the district is in good hands,” Fauta says.