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Superintendent of Schools
Mackey Pendergrast
973-292-2300 ext 2008

Assistant Superintendent
Kelly Harte
973-292-2300 ext. 2011
Director of Data Analysis and Programs/District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Debora Engelfried
973-292-2300 ext. 2123

Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
Jennifer van Frank
973-292-2300 ext. 2008


About the Superintendent

Mackey Pendergrast is in his seventh year as the superintendent of the Morris School District. He began his public school teaching career as a high school history teacher and basketball coach for the Summit Public Schools and held positions in central office administration for the Westfield Public School District and the West Morris Regional High School District before becoming superintendent of West Morris.

In 2014, Mr. Pendergrast participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s Superintendents Technical Working Group, which contributed ideas in the creation of the Future Ready Pledge as well as shaped the agenda for the White House ConnectED to the Future Convening for educational leaders in digital learning, in which he also participated.  Along with 11 other superintendents, he contributed to the Obama administration’s National Education Technology Plan.

Mr. Pendergrast has a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and a Master of Arts in Education/Counseling.  He was adjunct professor in the Teacher Education program at Drew University, where he taught a graduate-level course in Educational Theory and Practice.  Mr. Pendergrast was named 2020 Superintendent of the Year for the State of New Jersey by the NJ Association of School Administrators (NJASA).

An avid reader and nature enthusiast, Mr. Pendergrast enjoys swimming and hiking with his wife, also an educator, and their two sons.