CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Board of Education and District Administration has announced Mark Cantagallo has been hired to be the Cranford High School principal.
“I could not be more excited to join such a phenomenal school district and high school such as Cranford. The community, parents, students and staff have created a tremendous educational environment for the students in Cranford. I enthusiastically look forward to building upon this already great place to help all the students of the Cranford community,” commented Mr. Cantagallo.
According to the superintendent's office, Cantagallo was selected after an extensive search process which included: a parent survey, teacher, supervisor and CHS leadership team focus groups, student discussions, central office personnel interviews,selection committee (parents, administrators, and CEA president/teacher) interviews, CHS leadership team performance activity and a Board of Education interview.
Cantagallo comes to Cranford via the Berkeley Heights School District, where he served for the past two years as one of the assistant principals of Governor Livingston High School.
In that role he served as crisis planning committee chairperson, 504 coordinator, I&RS coordinator, PTO liaison, attendance officer, and curriculum council member. Cantagallo also helped in implementing the rotating block schedule and in transitioning the district through a Google initiative that created a more personalized, engaging, and collaborative learning environment.
Prior to joining Governor Livingston High School, Cantagallo held two different administrative positions in the Rahway School District: Assistant Principal/Guidance Director of Rahway High School and Manager of Operations, overseeing a 30 plus million dollar referendum project. He began his career in education as a technology teacher in Plainfield and then moved on to Rahway High School as a high school social studies teacher.
Cantagallo holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Rowan University and a Master's degree in Administrative Leadership from Kean University.