Mr. Beers currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools in the Manville Public School District, a position he has held since August 2017.
Upon his appointment in August 2017, The Manville School community developed and implemented a long-range plan to improve curricular offerings, staffing needs, facility updates, and professional development. Manville’s course offerings are predicated on the goal of access to high-level learning outcomes for all students while working to eliminate the achievement and expectations gap. An evidence-based approach is utilized in early childhood literacy, with a heavy focus on fluency, phonemic awareness and phonics. Grades one through four are shifting towards a true knowledge-based curriculum while incorporating the New Jersey State Learning Standards. All students in grades five-twelve now receive enhanced instruction in the fine arts, stem and world languages. Access to high-level coursework and academic supports have been created at Manville High School resulting in a 180% rise in AP participation.
In the spring of 2018, Mr. Beers orchestrated a community movement advocating for “Fair Funding” in our chronically underfunded district. The Manville school community were active participants in the Fair Funding Action Committee, a grassroots movement that successfully lobbied for the current S-2 legislation, thus modifying school funding for underaided districts across the state of NJ. Over the last three years, Manville Public Schools have received approximately $6,000,000 of additional school funding dollars, leading to profound changes throughout the schools. Increased funding allowed Manville to hire 28 additional teachers and counselors throughout the district while reducing the local tax levy. The investment in our faculty has effectively lowered class sizes district-wide and provides essential supports for all.
Prior to his tenure at Manville, Mr. Beers served in multiple roles within the West Morris Regional High School District. Beginning his tenure as a History teacher, Mr. Beers also served as an Assistant Principal and Assistant Superintendent within the district. In his role as Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Beers led efforts to expand the International Baccalaureate Program and student access to the most challenging courses. His efforts resulted in West Morris Regional High School District’s accreditation as an IB Career Programme school.
Mr. Beers began his career as a Social Studies teacher and Track and Field Coach in the Roxbury School District. He led his teams to multiple county and state championships and was named the New Jersey Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1998 by the Star-Ledger.
Born and raised in Sayreville NJ, Mr. Beers earned his BA in History from Rutgers University and his MA in Urban Administration from New Jersey City University.