New Schools Superintendent To Be Appointed May 7; Comes From Pt. Beach


John A. Ravally, right, is expected to be appointed the new schools Superintendent at the May 7 Board of Education meeting.
Photo: Ocean County Library

John A. Ravally is expected to be appointed the new schools Superintendent at the Board of Education’s May 7 meeting.

Ravally’s salary will be the state-mandated cap of $177,500, which is the base $175,000, plus $2,500 because the district has a high school, said board president Ed Potosnak.

Ravally was most recently schools Superintendent for the Point Pleasant Beach school district, a position he’s held since 2006, and the Bay Head Elementary School.

Ravally’s salary at Point Pleasant Beach in 2014 was $181,719 and $1, in 2014 for Bay Head, according to the latest state records available.

Ravally is expected to join the district in July, according to a press release from the district. Until that time, interim schools Superintendent Lee Seitz will serve as the chief school administrator.

Ravally received his Ed. D degree in 2002 from the Nova Southeastern University in Florida, according to a published report. He received a Master’s Degree in educational administration from Georgian Court University, Lakewood, in 1996 and received his B.A. in 1988 from the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township, according to the report.

Point Pleasant Beach – or Point Beach, as it is known – has two schools, the G. Harold Antrim Elementary School and the Point Pleasant Beach High School. Bay Head has a K-8 elementary school and sends its high school students to Point Beach.

Last year, Ravally led the Bay Head district through a successful $4.3 million referendum to replace the school’s gym/multipurpose room and add new classrooms to repair damage caused by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.

The superintendent search began in April 2014, after former schools Superintendent Edward Seto resigned. The district hired a search firm – Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates – to help in the search for a new superintendent.

“This has not been a quick process,” Potosnak said in the release. “This serious and thoughtful search allowed the Board of Education to find the best candidate for our schools and our children.”

“The Board of Education is very pleased to make this offer after exploring Dr. Ravally’s background, knowledge, educational philosophy, track record in improving academic success and construction experience,” Potosnak said in the release. “We look forward to introducing the new Superintendent to the community.”

Ravally is expected to attend the May 7 meeting. He will hold a series of “meet and greet” events once his tenure begins in the district, according to the release.

There was no indication in the release of what Ravally’s salary will be.

The board meets at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Middle School.

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