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Office of Superintendent

Dr. Latee Walton-McCleod

Superintendent of Schools
(973) 405-6262 x244
The Essex Regional Educational Services Commission is pleased and honored that Dr. Latee Walton-McCleod has joined the Commission as Superintendent of the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission on July 1, 2023.
She brings to this position an extensive background working with special needs children and developing creative programs to ensure that individual needs of each child are met. She is an accomplished and committed educator who believes that every child (student) deserves the best opportunity to achieve all that they can.
She has been an intentional educator and administrator as she has made her journey in this profession. We believe that our students will be afforded the best educational experience and opportunity through her leadership and commitment to excellence.
Dr. McCleod comes to this position with the inspiration and the vision to develop and enhance all services that are a part of a Commission. She holds five State of New Jersey Education certificates, as well as a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Kean University in Public Administration with a concentration in Special Education/Education Administration and has earned her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University.
She is passionate about helping all students develop critical thinking skills and habits of mind that will help them become 21st century learners that are prepared for the furture.
She pledges to use her eighteen years of experience to chart the expanded direction of the Commission.
Dr. McCleod comes to the position with strong leadership administrative skills which will be used to build upon prior successes of the Commission. Further, she believes that education has the capacity and power to transform our students and the Commission.

A Message from Superintendent

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Staff,

I hope this message finds you well and filled with excitement for the upcoming school year. As the school Superintendent, I am thrilled to welcome you to the new academic year, and I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts and important information with our school community.

The start of a school year is a time of fresh beginnings, renewed aspirations, and the promise of growth. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and academically enriching environment where students can learn, explore, and thrive.

This year, we embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Our dedicated and passionate educators are prepared to provide an excellent education that equips our students with the knowledge and skills they need for a bright future. We are excited to support your child’s academic journey and personal development.

In light of the ongoing global situation, please rest assured that we are prioritizing the health and safety of our students and staff. We are closely monitoring the guidance of health officials and will continue to adapt our procedures as necessary to ensure a secure learning environment.

We encourage open communication between our schools, parents, and students. Your engagement is vital to our success, and we are always here to address any concerns, answer questions, or support your child’s educational experience.

As we embark on this new school year, let us remember that learning is a shared endeavor. By working together, we can help our students achieve their full potential and build a strong foundation for their future.

I look forward to the journey that lies ahead and to the remarkable accomplishments that our students and staff will achieve together. Here’s to a year filled with growth, learning, and success.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year. Let’s make it an exceptional one.

Warm regards,

Dr. Latee Walton-McCleod

Layne Brooks

Executive Confidential Assistant to the Superintendent
(973) 405-6262 x244
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