BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Adam Torrisi, the assistant principal for Grade 8, was named interim principal of William Annin Middle School at Monday’s Bernards Township Board of Education meeting.

Torrisi was been in the district since July 2013. He is one of three assistant principals, for designated for each grade, at WAMS.

He will be paid a stipend of $7,600 for the five months left in the school year, on top of the $134,377 annual salary approved in June.

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He will fill in for principal Karen Hudock, who was appointed Jan. 6 to become the acting principal at Ridge High School for the rest of the school year. She will fill temporarily the job created by the resignation of Drew Krause, who left the district last week to take a job in private industry, he said.

Torrisi’s LinkedIn page describes his job duties as to “provide leadership in the areas of building management, professional development, curriculum, and teacher evaluation.” He also said he also managed programs for struggling learners and after-school activities.

He earned a master of arts degree in educational leadership and administration in 2013 from the University of Scranton (Pa.)

Superintendent Nick Markarian estimated that about 55 applications had been received for the Ridge job. He said interviews would begin the next couple of weeks, with the hope to pare down the field to about 12 for second calls. He said his goal was to have a permanent principal by July 1.

He said the district would post the assistant principal’s job internally, but was unsure if the position would be filled this term.

The superintendent said in January the choice of Hudock as an interim principal in no way prejudged the selection of a permanent principal.

Hudock has been principal of the grade 6-8 middle school of about 1,400 students for at least eight years. Ridge has about 1,800 students.

Hudock will be paid a $9,500 stipend on top of her annual salary of $172,975. Krause’s salary was $170,163.