MONTCLAIR, NJ - Multiple Montclair schools will have a shake-up at the administrative level, district officials have announced Tuesday.

Montclair Public Schools Superintendent Kendra Johnson issued a memo to parents announcing principal changes for Glenfield, Renaissance, Hillside and Watchung Schools, effective July 17.

Johnson wrote that the changes will assist in “aligning the needs of all school communities so that individual staff members’ talents fit the needs of each respective school community.”

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The changes will be as follows:

Renaissance School will now get Joseph Putrino, Ed.D. as Principal. He will leave Glenfield School as Principal;

Glenfield will now have Anthony Gross as Acting Principal. He is the former Watchung School Principal;

former Renaissance School principal, Edward Wilson, will become Supervisor of Special Education for the district;

Patrick Krenn, former Assistant Principal at Hillside, will become Acting Principal at Watchung School; and

Thomas Adamo, will become Acting Assistant Principal at Hillside School.

For the acting administrative roles, Johnson stated that the permanent positions will be posted by the end of the week.

The body of the memo is as follows:

Dear Families/Caregivers and Staff:

I am writing to share an update on essential administrative moves for the 2018-19 school year. In an effort to chart an accelerated plan of excellence for each Montclair Public School student, a thoughtful plan to effectively organize staffing for the entire school district was crafted. Since we are one school district, the following moves, which are effective July 17, 2018, will assist in aligning the needs of all school communities so that individual staff members' talents fit the needs of each respective school community. All moves are internal so staff will be able to communicate with each other to promote a seamless transition for students, parents/guardians, staff and community.

Glenfield Middle School

Dr. Joseph Putrino, formerly Principal at Glenfield Middle School, will be the Principal at Renaissance Middle School,

o Mr. Anthony Grosso, formerly Principal at Watchung School, will be the Acting Principal at Glenfield Middle School.

•The permanent Principal position will be posted by the end of the week.

•Hillside School

o Mr. Patrick Krenn, formerly the Assistant Principal at Hillside, will be the Acting Principal at Watchung School.

•The permanent Principal position will be posted by the end of the week.

o Mr. Thomas Adamo, formerly Special Education Educator, will be the Acting Assistant Principal at Hillside School,

The permanent Assistant Principal position will be posted by the end of the week.

• Renaissance Middle School

o Mr. Edward Wilson, formerly Principal at Renaissance Middle School, will be a District Supervisor for Special Education filling a position vacated by a retirement at the end of the 2017-18 school year.

oDr. Joseph Putrino, formerly Principal at Glenfield Middle School, will be the Principal at Renaissance Middle School.

Watchung School

o Mr. Anthony Grosso, formerly Principal at Watchung School, will be the Acting

Principal at Glenfield Middle School.

•The permanent Principal position will be posted by the end of the week.

o Mr. Patrick Krenn, formerly the Assistant Principal at Hillside, will be the Acting Principal at Watchung School.

•The permanent Principal position will be posted by the end of the week.

Each school leader will communicate the date and time that an introduction meeting will be held. We are working collaboratively to ensure a smooth 2018-19 school opening.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kendra Johnson Superintendent Montclair Public Schools

Telephone: 973.509.4000 - Fax: 973.509.0586 - Email: kjohnson@montclair.k12.nj.us