Cumberland Regional to welcome Steven Price as superintendent
Former K-12 teacher, supervisor, and Lakeside Middle School principal selected as next district leader
Having served as teacher, district supervisor, and school principal over a 30-year career in education, Steven Price is poised to bring a wealth of experience to the Cumberland Regional School District as its next superintendent.
Price was selected by the Cumberland Regional School District Board of Education in December following an extensive search that included community surveys and resources from the New Jersey School Boards Association. His resignation as principal of Lakeside Middle School was accepted by the Millville school board at its Jan. 11 meeting.
“Having spent time with the board members at Cumberland Regional, I am really excited and ready to support the work they have planned for the future,” Price said. “I see my job as ‘Lead Learner’ to be communicating the big picture and direction and then trusting the excellent people working with me to use their experiences and talents to make our students successful and productive.”
Price, who has lived and worked in Cumberland County for the past 28 years, identified the diversity of Cumberland Regional’s students and communities and the district’s “tremendous staff” as major strengths that will shape the future of Cumberland Regional High School (CRHS).
“I see my role as the central support piece for a group of devoted people who put the interest of students first,” he said. “The thing I look forward to most is getting to know everyone. Personal connections are paramount to being able to achieve collective goals.
“I believe that with my experience and the talented people around me, we will be able to handle the challenges and hurdles we will face. The important thing is to always keep the best interest of the students in mind as we face new, challenging decisions.”
Price holds an undergraduate degree from West Chester University in Music Education and a master’s degree from Rowan University in Educational Leadership. He taught every grade from kindergarten through 12th, including instruction in music, math, language arts, computer science, drama, and basic skills, prior to serving in administrative capacities.
“I think my diverse background and experiences will truly help me support all that Cumberland Regional has to offer. I also believe my K-12 experience will help facilitate articulation with our sending districts to optimize a K-12 continuum,” he said.
Looking to the future of CRHS, Price named the development of robust, college- and career-focused academy programs and the enhancement of partnerships with regional institutions of higher education as priority areas that will enhance the district’s offerings in a quickly changing educational landscape and strengthen Cumberland Regional’s position as the best educational option for its students.
“Education is a moving target. It is organic, and we must be willing to change with it,” Price said. “…That is one of the reasons Cumberland Regional is so exciting for me. They are showing they are not afraid to make changes to provide what students need today to succeed.”
When asked for personal insight to share with the school community, Price, who grew up on a farm and was involved with 4-H and agriculture, said he is an “active outdoorsman” who loves to golf and cook. His wife of 28 years, Kathy, is a former CRHS teacher who now works as a realtor, and he has three children: Alex, a senior at The King’s College; Erin, a sophomore at Eastern University; and Samantha, a senior at Millville Senior High School.
“I have always seen my schools as an extension of my family,” Price added. “I will treat everyone with whom I interact with the respect and concern I have for my family.”
Cumberland Regional School District Board of Education President Thomas M. Davis reported the board is looking forward to working with Price as the district’s new superintendent. Price will begin at Cumberland Regional in early March.
“We believe he brings a drive and focus to continue to improve our district, to make it into one of the premier districts in the state,” Davis said. “There are many challenges facing every district, especially funding, but we are excited to move into the future with Mr. Price’s leadership.”