At last night’s Board of Education meeting, Montclair Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Penny MacCormack, announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Putrino as principal of Glenfield Middle School effective July 16, 2013. The appointment was approved by the Montclair Board of Education with only member David Cummings voting no.
Currently, Dr. Putrino is the principal of Northeast Elementary School, where he has served since July 2010. While at Northeast he significantly contributed to the Montclair District Evaluation Advisory Committee (DEAC). He also serves as the Montclair Principals Association President. He has been in the Montclair Public Schools for 13 years overall. He began his career at Renaissance Middle School where he taught science and art for six years and was then Assistant Principal at Hillside Elementary School for four years before taking the assignment at Northeast.
“Dr. Putrino brings a wonderfully well-rounded background that will benefit the Glenfield community,” commented Dr. MacCormack. She continued, “His own educational background is diverse, he has historical knowledge of the Montclair Public Schools, he brings administrative experience with two schools, and he taught middle school students. Additionally, his focus on the whole child, particularly through his anti-bullying work, is an asset not only to his immediate school community but to the entire district,” she noted.
The newly designated Glenfield principal, spoke humbly of his new assignment, thanking the board for their trust. “I’ve had the fortune in the past thirteen years to be a leader in this town and part of the classroom experience, and it’s unforgettable and unreplaceable [sic] and invaluable,” he said. “I’m flattered to get the recommendation to serve at Glenfield.” He thanked the board for allowing him to have the experiences at Renaissance and Hillside before going to Northeast and learning how to run a school where diversity was honored.
The district expects to have a new principal in place at Northeast by the start of the 2013-2014 school year; the search will begin immediately. Ms. Vicky Skopak, a recently retired Montclair Public Schools administrator with more than 20 years of experience, will be the interim principal until school starts.
Board of Education President Robin Kulwin notes, “Dr. Putrino was a successful middle school teacher and is an accomplished administrator. I’m confident that he will work well with the Glenfield students, staff, and parents and that Glenfield Middle School will continue to thrive under his leadership.”
Former Glenfield Principal Charlie Miller resigned in May after an incident involving a student bringing a BB gun to the school was not handled following district protocol.