•  Dr. Lydia E. Furnari

    Interim Superintendent of Schools

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to say how happy I am to have been chosen to serve as the Interim Superintendent of the Verona Public Schools.  I am a life-long resident of Essex County, and am very familiar with your outstanding schools.  I have been a teacher and administrator in a variety of public schools in the State of New Jersey for the last 38 years.  I have served as Superintendent in Franklin Lakes and as Interim Superintendent in Green Township and Lafayette Township.  Every experience has allowed me to grow professionally and to be reflective about my own practice. It is my goal to be of support to our school community as you engage in the process of searching for your next Superintendent. I know how important it is to collaborate with administrators, teachers, parents, students and members of the community in order to provide each student with the educational experiences they need and deserve.

    The health emergency has created an unprecedented set of circumstances that are having a profound effect on schools on a global scale.  Through it all, it has become more and more important to keep the home/school/community connection strong.  I am quickly learning about the many initiatives in which the District is engaged in support of the academic, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of our students, as well as initiatives centered on the well-being of our staff and families. I am committed to continuing these efforts.

    I am eager to become a part of what makes Verona such an outstanding school district and thank you for welcoming me into your school community.


    Very truly yours,

    Dr. Lydia E. Furnari

    Interim Superintendent