MADISON, NJ – Madison High School will welcome a new assistant principal this fall.

Through a nearly unanimous vote, the Board of Education appointed David Drechsel Jr. at its July 25 meeting. Board member Dr. Thomas Piskula abstained from the vote, but still commended Drechsel as a prime candidate.

“I appreciate the work you’re going to be doing for us," Piskula said. Drechsel is a “wonderful, exciting addition" to the Madison district, according to Piskula.

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Drechsel left Millburn High School to replace John Connolley, who worked in the Madison school district for more than 20 years before he took a job as the Millburn High School principal this summer.

Formerly a math teacher at Millburn High, Drechsel was also the head coach of Millburn’s girls basketball team and the assistant baseball coach.

Drechsel received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Lafayette College, as well as a Master of Arts degree in administration and supervision from St. Peter’s University.

So far, Drechsel said he’s had “great interactions” with Madison High School Principal Greg Robertson and is “extremely excited” to work with him.

“His vision for the high school is the same as mine,” Drechsel said of Robertson.

That vision is also shared by Mark Schwarz, the district’s new superintendent, according to Drechsel.

Schwarz “has a lot of very exciting ideas that he wants to bring to the district,” Drechsel said. “His goals and ideas are something I agree with and I am on par with, and I look forward to trying to implement them at the high school.”

Schwarz will begin his work with Madison on Aug. 14, about two weeks earlier than expected, after the Board approved changes to his contract at its July 25 meeting.