NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — One of the city school district’s top administrators is leaving for a school system in North Jersey.

John Anzul, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, plans to leave his post in New Brunswick Public Schools next month. After more than six years in the Hub City, he has been tapped to become the superintendent of the Oradell Public School District in Bergen County.

“There are tremendous people here, from the board to the central office administration to all of the building administrators,” Anzul told TAPinto New Brunswick today. “The best thing is the level of commitment to see kids be successful.”

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School administrators are searching for Anzul’s replacement. The chosen candidate must then be approved by the Board of Education.

The board appointed Anzul to the job in August 2011. Since then, he has pushed the district’s charge to align its curriculum with the Common Core State Standards and other regulations set by New Jersey.

But Anzul said his greatest accomplishment here was developing a course of action that went beyond required benchmarks.

“We wanted to create a much more rigorous curriculum and one that promoted a greater level of critical thinking,” he said, noting that the district has made strides, but the effort remains an “ongoing process.”

New Brunswick’s superintendent, Aubrey Johnson, announced Anzul’s departure last night, at the school board’s Feb. 21 meeting. Johnson thanked Anzul for his service and wished him well.

“Dr. Anzul has been an important member of our team,” he said, “and his abilities and contributions have been an important part of the district’s success.”

School board members and administrators then celebrated Anzul with a standing ovation in the auditorium of New Brunswick High School.

Anzul has worked in education for more than 25 years, according to his online biography. He spent more than a decade in the classroom, teaching middle-school and high-school English classes.

Prior to coming to New Brunswick, he took on administrative roles in Denville, Parsippany-Troy Hills and Hoboken. 

Oradell’s school board approved Anzul’s hiring in mid-January.