Montclair High Principal James Earle A Finalist For Asst. Superintendent at West Windsor-Plainsboro


He’s been a presence in Montclair since June 2009, but now Montclair High School will likely lose Principal James Earle to another district.

Earle is being recommended to the position of Assistant Superintendent at West Windsor-Plainsboro District. The BOE of that district meets Tuesday, June 12; Earle is the sole finalist for the position.

The possibility that Montclair would lose Earle has come up before; Earle, a former principal at Trenton Central High School before coming to Montclair, was a finalist for a superintendent position in Bloomfield back in 2013.

MHS Alum and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh with MHS Principal James Earle (Facebook)

Earle showed his dedication to Montclair in many ways, most recently by his exuberant lip sync performance at MFEE’s Showdown Montclair.

ABeyC Hive (MHS Principal James Earle, Nishuane Principal Jill McLaughlin, and MHS Football Coach John Fiore)

Earle most recently spoke at Wednesday’s Montclair BOE meeting, announcing a plan to increase commencement seating for families at the 2018 MHS graduation ceremony, by adding bleachers to Park Street.

Montclair Schools Superintendent Kendra Johnson made this announcement today:

Dear Families/Caregivers and Staff:

I am writing to share that our dedicated Montclair High School Principal, James Earle, is a sole finalist for the Assistant Superintendent position in the West Windsor–Plainsboro Regional School District. While Principal Earle’s departure would be a loss for the Montclair Public Schools, it would be a great opportunity for him and an asset for West Windsor. In the education arena, we are in the business of supporting, encouraging and celebrating our personal and professional milestones. Accordingly, we will do just the same for Principal Earle should he accept this opportunity.

It is my understanding that the West Windsor–Plainsboro School District will release a press announcement naming Principal James Earle as a sole finalist today. Therefore, I wanted to share that we, the Montclair Public Schools, will ensure that our flagship high school has a stellar educational leader at its helm.

Should Principal Earle transition into this position, the district has a detailed plan that entails, in relevant part, the following essential action steps and anticipated timeline:

Post the Montclair High School principal position locally and regionally on or before June 14, 2018.
Seek voice from essential stakeholders: students, staff members, parents/guardians, and community on or before June 26, 2018.
Establish interview teams on or before June 28, 2018.
Review applications and set interviews on or before June 28, 2018.
Set up first round interviews on or before July 10, 2018.
Set up second round interviews on or before July 13, 2018.
Set up a Board of Education conversation on or before July 16, 2018.
Announce a community Meet and Greet on or before July 16, 2018.
Although this change may be unsettling, I want to reassure you that Montclair High School is a top priority and will continue to receive our support and attention. Mr. Earle, with his experience, background, and record of high-achievement, will be hard to replace; however, I believe we have an opportunity to build on his expertise and create positive change to provide a top-notch education for our students. We will be unyielding in our efforts to find a high-quality replacement, as the families and students of Montclair deserve a leader extraordinaire!

Please join me in wishing Mr. Earle well as he pursues this much-deserved opportunity. I look forward to working with you as we build upon the excellence already established at Montclair High School.


Kendra Johnson, J.D., Ed.D.


Montclair Public Schools

BOE President Laura Hertzog gave Baristanet this statement regarding Earle leaving Montclair:

“Principal Earle is a committed, gifted educator, with a demonstrated passion for supporting the students under his care. His departure is a real loss for our community. However, after benefiting from his years of supporting so many of Montclair’s children, now it is our turn to support him in pursuing his own professional goals.We all wish Mr. Earle great fortune and success in his future endeavors, wish his family all the best, and thank him for his many years of service.”

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