HILLSIDE, NJ – The Hillside Board of Education approved an acting superintendent of schools at their January 7 meeting.

A. Robert Gregory, a product of Newark and Hillside public schools, will serve the school district he attended as the acting schools chief, according to a district press release.

“The Hillside Board of Education welcomes our new Acting Superintendent, Robert Gregory,” Hillside Public School Board President Kimberly Cook said in a release. “We feel his vision and plan will be a tremendous asset to improve our public-school system.”

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Gregory spent the past year as CEO/Superintendent of Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, the release said. His prior 21 years were spent working for Newark Public Schools in various capacities including: Teacher Coach, Districtwide Supervisor of Social Studies, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, and eventually, the Interim Superintendent of the 36,000-student district.      

According to the Hillside Public Schools press release, Gregory is the founding principal of American History High School. Under Gregory’s leadership, the report said American History High School was ranked amongst the nation’s best high schools receiving its first silver medal in the 2015 U.S News World Report’s Best High Schools in America.   The school was also named a Title I Distinguished School of Excellence for receiving Reward School Status for 3 consecutive years, in addition to annually making the Washington Post’s, America’s Most Challenging Schools ranking. 

“We have very high expectations for our students, staff, parents, and school board,” Cook said. “Everyone must contribute to the successful learning experience of each and every child.  We hold ourselves accountable for enhancing the minds of our students.” 

According to the press release, Gregory is the recipient of multiple awards of distinction including; 2014 Chad Foundation’s Distinguished Educators Award and the 2010 Newark NAACP Educator of the Year Award.  He has received multiple Resolutions honoring his work from County Freeholders, Mayors, and the New Jersey Senate and State Assembly.  

A graduate of Seton Hall University with a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management, Gregory is a part of the annual Future Chiefs leadership program by Chiefs for Change a national nonprofit organization.  As the proud father of three school-aged children, the release said Gregory “returns to the Hillside Public Schools determined to ensure all students are afforded a quality education that enables them to thrive in 21st Century America.”