BERNARDS TWP., NJ _  Drew Krause, the principal at Ridge High School, will leave his position effective Jan. 24, after his resignation was formally accepted by the Bernards Township Board of Education earlier this month.

Krause, who has been principal since July 2017, said earlier this month in a letter to parents that he was leaving to go into private industry. Under a June 2019 agreement, Krause is paid $170,163 per year.

Krause replaced retiring principal Frank Howlett Jr. Before becoming Ridge's principal, Krause was the principal at Vernon High School in Sussex County.

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In other personnel moves approved by the school board on Dec. 16:

Courtney Messina was hired as a special education teacher at William Annin Middle School from Jan. 2 to June 30. 

Pamela Phillips was hired as a biology teacher at Ridge High from Jan. 2 through June 30.

Sydney McGivney was appointed as a school counselor at Ridge High School from Jan. 6 through June 30.

The board made three maternity-leave replacement hires:

Elizabeth Leonard for Grade 3 teacher at Mount Prospect School from Jan. 6 to the end of the school year.

Anthony Gonzalez as a teacher of Spanish at William Annin from Jan. 2 to May 20

Sienna Schmid as a math teacher at Ridge High on or before Feb. 7 through June 30. She was named a substitute effective Jan. 6 to Feb. 7.

The board approved child care leaves for Agnese Gengaro, a school counselor at Mount Prospect School, and Rachel Miranda, a dance teacher at Ridge High School. Gengaro will return Oct. 22, 2020, and Miranda on Feb. 1, 2020.

New Jersey Family Leaves were approved for two Ridge High staffers. Nicole Gilmore, an English language arts teacher, will be gone from Dec. 2 to Jan. 20, and Michaela Stoudemayer, a special education teacher, from Dec. 9 to Jan. 13.

The board hired two instructional aides for the second semester. They are Sharonda Strothers for the middle school and Sean Ulichny for Ridge High.

Eduardo Lara was appointed a districtwide systems administrator for the rest of the school year.