Cumberland Regional School District’s incoming superintendent is focused on the future and eager to enhance pathways to success for Cumberland Regional’s students and educators.
“We need to continue exposing today’s students to the opportunities that await them and provide them with every tool they’ll need to pursue their dreams and to be happy, productive, independent, and thriving members of our society,” said Carl Dolente, who was appointed superintendent by the Cumberland Regional Board of Education in August following an extensive search process that ultimately concluded close to home.
“Whether an individual chooses to go on to college, begin a career, or serve in the military, it is imperative that they leave Cumberland Regional High School (CRHS) as a well-rounded critical thinker capable of completing any task set before them on their journey,” said Dolente.
Dolente joins the district with nearly two decades of experience in the Cumberland County educational system, most recently serving as principal of Bridgeton High School for the past three years. His background also includes experience in administration at Bridgeton’s Indian Avenue School, Vineland High School, and Galloway Township Middle School, following seven years in the classroom teaching English Language Arts and social studies at Veterans Memorial School. He studied elementary education and sociology during his undergraduate education at Rowan University and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University.
Having grown up in Bridgeton and Fairton before leading local youth as an educator, coach, and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Dolente said he feels a deep-seated connection to the Cumberland Regional school community and looks forward to working with the diverse population that makes up the Colts family. In addition to supporting the continued growth of Cumberland Regional’s academic and career readiness programs, he identified enhancing school spirit and a sense of community as ways to support students in making “unforgettable memories” during their high school years.
“The Board is looking forward to Mr. Dolente’s tenure as our superintendent,” said Thomas M. Davis, president of the Cumberland Regional Board of Education. “The district is moving in the right direction, and we believe that the experience, excitement, and enthusiasm he brings to the job will help us get to the next level.”
Dolente, a “die-hard Eagles and Flyers fan,” enjoys live music, traveling, being outdoors, and playing hockey, tennis, and golf. He is anticipated to begin at Cumberland Regional in November.