New Superintendent of Schools, Norcia, takes helm in Morris Hills School District

by Jeff Garrett


A new era starts formally this Summer into Fall in the Morris Hills School District with the Spring 2023 

Announcement that Mr. Nicolas Norcia will be the next Superintendent of Schools for the Morris Hill 

Regional District.

In their April 24 meeting President of the Board of Education, Mr. Michael Bertram said, “we had many 

talented people interested in helping us run this district. After a thorough evaluation of all of them, we 

selected Mr. Norcia.”

Norcia comes with experience to put it mildly.

He comes over from Fair Lawn School Public School District, where he was Superintendent of Schools

from 2018 until the present, having overseen 10 schools with 1000 staff members; 5800 students and a 

$135 million budget.  He served as assistant superintendent at fair Lawn in 2017-18. 

At Morris Hills, he will oversee two high schools – Morris Hills and Morris Knolls High 

Schools with 3,000 students from Denville, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township and Wharton.

Prior to 2017, Norcia gained experience holding administrative and leadership positions at the high 

school and district level.  Among those roles were stints as Director of Special Services at Morris Hills 

Regional School District from 2010-2017 Prior to that, Nicola was Director of Student Services at Cedar 

Grove Board of Education from October 2007 through July 2010. Additionally, he was a Learning 

Disabilities Teacher Consultant with Nutley Board of Education from August 2005 through August 2007 

and served as a Special Education teacher at Nutley High School from September 2002 through August 

2005 in Nutley, NJ. He was a Special Education teacher at Ridgefield High School from September 2001 

until August 2002.

His education pedigree includes a B.A. in Special Education with a concentration in psychology and M.A. 

in Educational Leadership obtained at New Jersey City University. He also holds a Certificate of 

Completion from the Certificate program as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant.

Norcia addressed the Board and community on April 24 when he was approved as the new 

Superintendent saying, “thank you to the Board of Education for your support. It feels good to be coming 

back home. I’m so happy to be here and thrilled to be working here. I look forward to working with this 

community and building relationships again her at Morris County Regional.”  Norcia replaces acting 

superintendent, Dr Nisha Zoeller who filled in this Spring, after superintendent since 2009, James 

Jencarelli, resigned in late April. 

Bertram expressed his gratitude for having Norcia take the position of Superintendent of Schools 

thanking former superintendent James Jencarelli for his 14 years of service and dedication to 

the District.


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