Thank you for visiting the Superintendent Search portion of River Edge Public Schools’ website.   The River Edge Board of Education will provide updates here regarding progress on the search for our next Superintendent.   You will find key dates and announcements posted on this page throughout the search. The Board is committed to transparent communication with our school stakeholders, while keeping all confidential information completely confidential.   We are excited to begin partnering with you in the search for our town's preeminent new educational leader! 

The search is being facilitated by Kathleen Helewa of Kathleen Helewa Educational Associates, LLC.  Ms. Helewa is pleased to answer any questions regarding the process.  

Thank you for your support of the River Edge Board of Education in this important undertaking! 

Link to Job Posting:

Key Dates and Links

Application Window: Through April 5, 2024 @ 11:59PM
Online Input Surveys are until March 25, 2024 at 11PM. See links below.
Live Input Sessions: 8:45 AM/7:30PM March 20. See update below for more details.
Board Selects Candidates for Interviews: April 13, 2024
First Round Interviews: April 24, 25, and May 2
Second Round Interviews: May 7 and 8
Final Interviews: Mid-May
Anticipated Position Start Date: September 2024

Update June 11

The River Edge Board of Education is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Nicholas Bernice to be the new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Bernice will be appointed at a special meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7PM. We hope you can join us to welcome him to our district. A letter to the community along with the bio of Dr. Bernice can be found here.

Update June 10

After final interview rounds, the River Edge Board of Education has unanimously identified a finalist in our Superintendent Search, and has completed a robust reference check on the finalist.  We are currently in negotiations on an employment contract, which must be approved by the Bergen County Executive Superintendent.   We intend to release news on our finalist after the contract has been approved, and to appoint our new Superintendent at a special public meeting of the Board in June.   We look forward soon to announcing on this page the incoming River Edge Superintendent of Schools, and we thank you for your continued support! 

Update May 10

The River Edge Board of Education invited eight impressive Superintendent candidates for a second round of interviews.  A finalist for the position will be selected by the Board from among those candidates after a final interview.   We look forward to providing further updates in late May.  The outcomes of the input sessions and input surveys have guided the Board throughout the selection process.  Thank you for your continued support of the RE BOE as we work towards appointing an exceptional educational leader for our District. 

Update April 18

The River Edge Board of Education met on Saturday, April 13 with our search consultant to fully review the application materials submitted by all of the Superintendent candidates. Using the outcomes from the input surveys and input sessions conducted with our stakeholders, the Board was able to select ten candidates for first interviews who meet the desired criteria for our next educational leader. Our district drew impressively talented and accomplished applicants, and we are grateful for all of the candidates interest in River Edge. We will be conducting first interviews through May 2, 2024.

Update April 8

As of the close of the application window on April 5, (44) qualified candidates have applied for the position:  (9) current Superintendents, (7) Assistant Superintendents, (15) Principals, (8) Directors, and (5) candidates who currently occupy different professional positions in public education. Twenty-seven candidates have earned doctorates. 

To see the full candidate pool report, please visit:

The River Edge BOE will convene in executive session during its meeting on Saturday, April 13, to examine each of the candidates' qualifications and to determine which candidates will be selected for first-round interviews. 

Update March 26

Online surveys have closed.   Thanks to all who participated!   

Survey and input session outcomes will assist the Board of Education in vetting optimal Superintendent candidates, and in formulating interview questions to be used throughout the interview process.  The survey results will not be shared with the public during the duration of the search.  By this method, we will ensure an authentic assessment of each candidate's strengths, and potential fit for our District.

Update March 22

Thank you to all those who attended our live input sessions for River Edge family and community members on March 20.   Your time and insights are greatly appreciated!

We strongly encourage you to take a few moments to complete our online input survey if you haven't already done so.  The surveys are available in Spanish, Korean, and English.  The surveys close at 11pm on Monday, March 25.   

The surveys are being administered by our search consultant firm, not the District, and are completely anonymous.  Any questions may be directed to

The full results of the surveys and the input sessions will be shared with the Board of Education.  Thank you for your time, your input, and your support! 

Update March 18

Parents, families, students, and community members are invited to complete a survey on input for our new Superintendent of Schools. The links to the surveys are below. 




Update March 15

The River Edge Board of Education invites all interested parents, families, and community members to either of two in-person input sessions with our Search Consultant, Kathleen Helewa on Wednesday, March 20.  Ms. Helewa will discuss the steps in the Superintendent Search process, and field input from participants regarding what qualities and attributes would make for an ideal new Superintendent for our school district.  These sessions are not meetings of the River Edge Board of Education and Board of Education members will not be present.   All outcomes will be presented to the Board to assist us in identifying qualified candidates for the position.  

There is no pre-registration for these events.   We sincerely hope you can attend! 

Morning session:  8:45am--9:30am, Roosevelt Library 

Evening session:    7:30pm--8:30pm, Project Room at the New Bridge Center, Cherry Hill School 

Questions regarding the sessions may be directed to our consultant via