BERNARDS TWP., NJ - New Ridge High School Principal Drew Krause, who replaced retiring principal Frank Howlett Jr. on July 1, last week introduced himself to Ridge parents in a special Friday Folder email. 

Krause, who previously was principal at Vernon High School, was selected as new principal earlier this year, and introduced at a school board meeting in April.

At that time, schools superintendent Nick Markarian said that Krause has a broad background, including multiple university degrees and several years spent working as an attorney.

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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.

Markarian said Krause was appointed on a year's basis.

In his email to parents, Krause said, "It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I assume the role as the next Principal of Ridge High School. I embrace the opportunity to continue the tradition of excellence that has made Ridge High School not only one of the foremost high schools in the State of New Jersey, but also in the nation."

He added that his "passion for education and supporting the success of all students has been shaped over the last eighteen years as a math and social studies teacher, a mathematics and guidance supervisor, assistant principal, district test coordinator, and principal. In each of these roles, I have endeavored to support students and staff in the delivery of the best instructional and extracurricular programs possible.

"It is indeed a priority to ensure that all students receive the most comprehensive and meaningful education that we can provide," he said.

Krause added his observation that, "programs at Ridge High School are some of the finest in the nation, due in no small part to the exceptional faculty and support staff here. To that end, Ridge students achieve at an impressive rate, and therefore there is no shortage of awards and accolades that have been garnered here at Ridge. All of these successes are a result of working collaboratively with all stakeholders, as we continue to create an exemplary learning environment that focuses on academic rigor, the acquisition of 21st century skills, and student achievement. Together, we will continue to deliver the best education possible to the students and families of Bernards Township."

Krause said he looks forward to meeting "all of you" as the year begins. "I will be in touch again during the latter part of August in anticipation of a rewarding and productive 2017-2018 school year."

His sign-off line was "Go Red Devils."