CHATHAM, NJ - There were about 100 applicants for the position of principal at Washington Avenue School and Kristine Dudlo was the one chosen to replace Mary Quigley, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Dudlo, a 1999 graduate of The College of New Jersey, was unanimously approved by the Chatham Board of Education, 7-0, Monday night and will officially begin her tenure July 1, 2016 at a salary of $138,642.

She is currently the supervisor of curriculum and instruction in the Bloomingdale School District. Her former superintendent, Frank Buglione, came to the BOE meeting on Monday night and offered high praise for Dudlo's qualifications.

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"We did have about 100 people apply for the job," Dr. LaSusa said. "We had a final four that progressed to additional interviews. After the final four, there was one person still standing. And that person is with us tonight and her name is Kristine Dudlo. I'm very happy to recommend her to you for the appointment of the principal of Washington School."

Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa announces the hiring of Kristine Dudlo at BOE meeting on Monday

Kristine Dudlo speaks to BOE members after being introduced as the new Washington Avenue Principal