His offer is still open.
Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said he would still consider returning to the Berkeley Township school district as acting superintendent until the Board of Education can settle on a permanent replacement.
However, the veteran educator and longtime freeholder says he is not interested in any more full-time jobs in the educational field and has not submitted his name to be considered for the Ocean County schools superintendent vacancy.
"I am at a point in my life where I don't want to do it," Vicari said in an interview Wednesday. "I will not submit my name for county superintendent. I'm not going to work as a superintendent anywhere in the state."
Vicari said his offer to return without pay or benefits as a temporary superintendent in the Berkeley Township school district still stands. But he said he has heard "absolutely nothing" from school board members since he attended a meeting at their request before the Christmas holidays.
Vicari said he was sorry that former county Schools Superintendent Bruce Greenfield had not been reappointed to another term. Greenfield had worked closely with superintendents in Ocean County's 29 school districts on consolidation and shared service issues, he said.
'I worked very closely with Dr. Greenfield," Vicari said. "I think he was a benefit to education and the citizens of Ocean County. He saved us a tremendous amount of money. He did a good job."
Greenfield was one of seven county superintendents whose terms ended on Dec. 31 and were not reappointed Gov. Chris Christie
"All seven superintendents were holdovers from the prior administration whose terms had expired," Michael Drewniak, Christie's press secretary has said.
"As is the prerogative of any governor, the governor will be filling them with his own nominees," he said.
It's up to the governor to nominate replacements, state Department of Education spokesman Alan Guenther has said.
No timetable has been set for any nominations, which would have to be approved by the state Senate. All of the 21 county superintendents serve three-year terms, he said.
In Ocean County, the executive superintendent oversees 28 school districts as well as the Ocean County Vocational/Technical school system.
During his three-year term as county superintendent, Greenfield was asked to look into consolidating school districts. The feasibility studies began last year as part of a state Department of Education initiative asked of each of New Jersey's 21 county superintendents.
The studies asked whether Toms River Regional, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park and Island Heights could be consolidated, for example.
Greenfield called for five other studies: Pinelands Regional, Eagleswood, Tuckerton, Bass River and Little Egg Harbor; Southern Regional, Stafford Township, Long Beach Island, Beach Haven and Ocean Township; Manchester and Lakehurst; Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head and Lavallette; Central Regional, Berkeley and Ocean Gate.
Vicari said he was asked by Board of Education Vice President John A. Bacchione and Board President James J. James Byrnes to drop by the district's administration building on Dec. 9.
The two board members asked Vicari to think about returning as superintendent until the current school year ends in June 2011. Vicari said he decided to offer his services free of charge, with no benefits and no mileage.
"It's up to them," he said Tuesday. "I will provide my services on a volunteer basis. I would consider it if they asked me."
Board member Patrick Riley, also a personnel committee member, has called Vicari's presence at last month's personnel committee meeting "the biggest joke in all of New Jersey."
Both Riley and board member Dawn Parks have questioned why the board would interview for the principal position at the Bayville school while Lippincott has been working without a contract since July 2009.
Lippincott is currently being paid $120,000 a year as interim superintendent and $100 per day as acting principal at the Bayville Elementary School.