For more than 42 years Anthony Dragona has served the Union City School District, first as an educator and since 1998 as its Business Administrator, and in 2006 he added interim Board Secretary to his list of responsibilities.
Under the direction of Mr. Dragona and his fiscal management team, the School District has been consistently recognized for its professional management style and its efficient use of tax dollars. Some of Mr. Dragona’s vision and accomplishments include:
Mr. Dragona is also the Recipient of the 2009 International Distinguished Eagle Award, chosen one of four designees from across the United States and Canada, by the Association of School Business Officials International. Mr. Dragona has also served as President of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials in 2011, and is currently the President of the Association of School Business Official International. ASBO International serves over 5,000 members in 18 countries.
An adjunct professor at New Jersey City University, Mr. Dragona received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the school. Completing his Doctorate Degree in 2014 in Organizational Leadership and School Business Leadership, his research was titled: An Interstate Evaluation of the Relationship Between Educational Funding Source and Economic-Based Educational Disparity.
Mr. Dragona began his career as a Social Studies teacher, later served as Assistant Athletic Director and then a Principal and an Assistant High School Principal before assuming his current duties.
Mr. Dragona has deep roots in Union City. He served as the City’s first Director of Senior Citizen Affairs in 1974, and was elected Commissioner of Public Safety in 1983.
Mr. Dragona currently resides in Glen Rock, New Jersey, with his two sons: Anthony, who graduated Syracuse University, Sports Management (2014), and Alex, who attends University of Delaware, majoring in Hospitality Management.
Mr. Dragona says: “We have been fortunate to provide our student, faculty and community with state-of-the-art facilities, infused with technology, that allow all students to participate and achieve at their fullest potential. The educational environment in Union City is nurturing, challenging and inspiring; however, the best is yet to come!”