BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Drew Krause, the principal at Ridge High School, has announced his pending resignation.
Nick Markarian, Bernards Township superintendent of schools, confirmed the news in an e-mail to TAPinto Basking Ridge early Thursday morning.
"Mr. Krause is resigning with 60 days notice," Markarian said. "I anticipate he will be with us through January. In the meantime we will be working on a plan for his successor."
Krause sent an email to parents on Wednesday saying that he is resigning to take a position outside of education. The principal has been at Ridge since July 2017, when he replaced retiring principal Frank Howlett Jr. Before becoming Ridge's principal, Krause was the principal at Vernon High School in Sussex County.
His resignation comes as the district is on the verge of committing to a change in its high school-day schedule. Krause has been in the thick of the work to analyze how the school could change to a “rotating drop” schedule that would mean fewer, but longer, class periods in a day.
To accomplish that, the school would need more kitchen facilities to allow the entire school to eat at the same time. The board has received bids for a kitchen addition with four classrooms on a second floor, but has seen demographic projections that lead to the possibility of not needing the classrooms. The board has been eyeing building the addition to be open at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Krause organized teams to visit other school using alternate schedules in January and February of last year. He and others have been tasked with projecting whether the school could go from a nine- to an eight-period day.
When he came on board in 2017, he oversaw the school’s switch to the Aspen computer communication system with staff, students and parents. This year, the school switched from Aspen to the Genesis system.
The school is also dealing with revising its health curriculum, making goals to meet a new district-wide strategic plan and enhancing security at the high school and all buildings in the district.