MADISON, NJ – A unanimous Board of Education vote Tuesday confirmed the appointment of a new principal for Madison Junior School this fall, Dr. Louis Caruso.

“We are thrilled that you are here,” said Board Member Dr. Thomas Piskula. “We’re very lucky to have you.” Board member Shade Cronan was absent for the vote.

Caruso left his position as principal of John Hill School in Boonton to replace former Madison Junior School Principal David Coster, who announced he would leave the school earlier this year.

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Before his 2015 arrival in the Boonton district, Caruso was the assistant principal at Pearl R. Middle School in Kinnelon for seven years.

About halfway through his six-year stint as a multi-grade English teacher for Kinnelon Public Schools, Caruso received a doctorate of education in 2011 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Caruso also attended Montclair State University, where he received a Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision, and LaSalle University in Philadelphia, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and secondary education.

With nearly 20 years of educational experience and a doctorate under his belt, Caruso said he thinks his skills will complement “the expectations and excellence that Madison represents.”

“One goal that I have is really to create partnerships to provide rigorous and inclusive instructional activities and educational environments within the classroom,” he said. “That’s really important to me.”

Achieving educational and administrative goals during his time in Madison is important, Caruso said, but so are his relationships with the local community.

“There’s going to be a lot of listening and learning that I’m going to have to do as I transition into the junior school,” he said. “I’m just really looking forward to working with people, getting to know people, having people get to know me and being a part of Madison.”

Caruso begins his duties this fall, with a tentative start date of Oct. 31 and an annual salary of $145,000.