HOLMDEL, N.J. - Fourth of July Holiday plans weren't the only notable events this week as the Holmdel Schools brought some early excitement of their own. The Holmdel Board of Education just appointed Lisa Marino as the new Principal of Indian Hill School. Lisa's most recent role was Assistant Principal of Holmdel High School.

The Special Meeting did not draw a big crowd but the decision will deliver a big impact. Lisa Marino, previously serving as Assistant Principal of Holmdel High School, will  take on the major responsibility of running the Indian Hill School on a day to day basis.

Folks who know Lisa are well familiar with her positive energy and desire to get good things done for the kids. She is sure to 'spark' serious excitement, energy and deliver positive results. After the vote, she received a resounding round of applause.  Marino said,  "I am honored to have been selected to serve as the new principal of Indian Hill School.  It has been a privilege to work in the Holmdel School district for 8 plus years and I am thrilled and excited to continue my journey with this new endeavor.  I look forward to working with the staff, the students, and the community members of Indian Hill and together we will continue to achieve and accomplish great things."

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According to the Press Release from the Office of the Superintendent, they underwent an exhaustive search to replace Dr. Tali Axelrod, who left the district last week to become Superintendent of the Alpine School in Bergen County. 

Superintendent Robert McGarry was pleased to recommend current Holmdel High School Assistant Principal Lisa Marino for the job, selecting her from a pool of well over 125 candidates and an interview process that involved several steps, including an interview with current members of the Indian Hill community.  

“One of the reasons that our school district and our schools operate as smoothly as they do is because of the excellent Assistant Principals we have, Dr. McGarry stated, “I am pleased that we were able to look within and recognize the talent and expertise that we already possess to continue to drive our district forward.” “I am so pleased that Ms. Marino has chosen to advance her career with us and to extend her many skills to yet another one of our schools,” he added. 

While Ms. Marino has served the district as an administrator for grades 7-12 for many years, she started her career in education as an elementary teacher, with the majority of her teaching experience within 4th and 5th grade classrooms. Indian Hill School houses students in grades 4-6) and Ms. Marino also served as an Assistant Principal within this grade-span in Manalapan before joining the Holmdel district in 2009 as Assistant Principal of the William R. Satz School.  Ms. Marino holds two Masters degrees in Education – a Master of Art in Teaching from Pace University and a Master of Science in Education from Monmouth University. 

The Holmdel community extends best wishes for her continued success in an exceptionally important role.


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