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:

  • Streamlined management through the establishment of Standard Operation Procedures and Internal Controls
  • Implementation and design of a state-of-the-art security system, radio, video and door access control to keep our students and faculty safe
  • Research and development of modern technology programs in classrooms and in school management and budgeting, while providing professional development opportunities that build capacity among staff
  • Obtain and administer millions of dollars in grants for both student programs and new school construction that align to his vision for the Union City Board of Education
  • Participated in the Community Eligibility Provision that provides all students free breakfast, lunch and afterschool dinner and snacks. Dragona also embarked upon an aggressive school kitchen facility upgrade program that allows for all meals to be prepared on premise. As a result participation has increased and the program revenue has doubled over the past 8 years.

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. In 2004, he was chosen as the winner of the Meritorious Service award by New Jersey Association of School Business Officials. 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.