MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Jeffrey Truppo, Principal of Maplewood Middle School, has announced that he is leaving his position to become the director of Elementary and Secondary Education for the Passaic Public Schools. He had been at Maplewood Middle School for five years and will continue as principal through mid-August.
“I thank Mr. Truppo for his courageous leadership, for upholding high expectations for everyone in the MMS school community, for establishing a program of international excellence, and for his passion that when we say all students, all means all,” said Superintendent Brian Osborne. “I wish him the best in his continued pursuit of equity and opportunity for all students.”
Osborne himself will be leaving the district this summer as well for his new position in New Rochelle, N.Y.
The school district has indicated that “a competitive search” for the next MMS principal will begin immediately.
Here is Trucco’s complete letter to the community:
Dear Maplewood Middle School Community Member,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of my resignation as Principal of Maplewood Middle School. Since joining the Maplewood Middle School faculty in January of 2009, I have been privileged to learn alongside our community and engage in discussions about what constitutes an excellent middle school experience. As I prepare for another position in a different school district, I continue to believe that MMS is one of the most thoughtful communities an educator will ever encounter. When we speak about school preparing students for life, we must also consider the way in which a school community operates, and how the way we go about our business can influence students. At MMS, families and staff have demonstrated interest and action for students and families in need. Community members have shown a concern for the learning of all students, and worked to support and enhance the classroom learning experience. I believe that students leave MMS in 8th grade not just prepared academically, but aware that their middle school experience was created by their community, and they are better for it.
I will be at MMS working on my usual summer responsibilities until the middle of August. There will be communication to you from our central office administration regarding the search for a new MMS Principal. As always, please contact me with any questions pertaining to your child and their MMS program, and enjoy the summer. Thank you for your interest and support.
Sincerely, Jeffrey L. Truppo