Robbinsville, N.J., officials said the district’s beloved school district superintendent, Steve Mayer, was struck and killed by a car being driven by a 17-year-old student on April 19 while Mayer was jogging.
Lt. Chris Nitti said in a press conference that the student was driving south. The superintendent’s dog was also killed. Authorities said the location of the incident is a dangerous piece of road.
Nitti said no summonses or charges have been issued, and that the incident is still under investigation.
— Matt O’Donnell (@matt_odonnell) April 19, 2016
“It’s with great sadness that we’re here today,” said Mayor David Fried. “This is a heartbreak for all of us.”
Fried also asked people to pray for both families, Mayer’s, and the student who struck him. Mayer is survived by his wife and three sons.
“Steve always put the students first,” said president of the school board, Matthew O’Grady.
Mayer was working as superintendent for 6 years, said O’Grady. Throughout that time he became very close to students and staff. O’Grady said that under Mayer’s leadership the district was highly ranked in New Jersey.
Mayer was also a sports coach for lacrosse, basketball, and baseball.
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“It’s sad day for our town and community,” said Mayor Fried. “He was passionate about kids and he’s going to be missed.”
O’Grady said the assistant superintendent, Kathy Foster, will take over Mayer’s position until a meeting takes place.
“He had so much joy and passion and belief in students that you couldn’t contain it,” said Foster about Mayer.
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Foster said the superintendent was very close with students and literally kept an open door policy. She said numerous students would often go to his office to talk or seek advice. Foster vowed to keep his legacy alive by continuing to care for students as much as he did.
Senator Linda R. Greenstein (D-NJ) released a statement on the passing of Mayer saying, “The Robbinsville school district has achieved great success over the years under Dr. Mayer’s esteemed leadership and his commitment to excellence. His loss will be felt by all the students and families, teachers and staff who crossed his path and by the community at large.”
The schools in Robbinsville have been closed for April 19. Robbinsville High School is offering grief counseling on Tuesday afternoon, while a vigil is planned for Mayer the same night. People flooded social media to express their grief and share messages of support to the family.
Saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Robbinsville superintendent Steve Mayer. His expertise and caring will be sorely missed.
— Edward Forsthoffer (@forsthoffer) April 19, 2016
Sending prayers to the Mayer household and the rest of Robbinsville. Never ran into Mr. Mayer with anything other than a smile on his face.
— Dave Bossie (@MrBossiePants) April 19, 2016