BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The next principal at Ridge High School's, Drew Krause, was introduced to the community at Monday night's school board meeting. Krause currently is the principal at Vernon Township High School, where he also filled roles as vice principal, guidance supervisor and district test coordinator.

Krause will become top administrator at Ridge as of July 1, to replace longtime principal Frank Howlett, Jr., who announced last fall that he will  retire at the end of this school year. 

The Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Krause at an annual salary of $159,555, effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. 

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Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian said school building principals are appointed on an yearly basis.

Markarian said Krause has a broad background, including multiple university degrees and several years spent working as an attorney.

Krause later said he holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia University in New York; a masters degree in math from Montclair State University in Montclair; a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark; and a masters degree in educational leadership from Walden University in Minnesota.

Krause got to meet some of the Ridge students at the beginning of the meeting, and said that in speaking with them, he was told they are looking for more school spirit. He also said he will be looking to address social and emotional issues at the high school.

Parents, including PTO leaders, and board members said they are very excited about moving forward with Krause as the new high school principal.