NEWARK, NJ - Almost 10 years after leaving as principal of Barringer High School Jose Aviles returns to take lead during the 2019-2020 school year. 

Superintendent Roger León made the announcement earlier this month, revealing the lineup of 15 new principal hires for elementary and high schools in the district. 

Aviles was originally hired to lead Barringer by former Superintendent Marion Bolden. During his time as principal from June 2008 until June 2010, test score proficiency improved and fewer students were disciplined with suspension, he said. 

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When former Superintendent Clifford Janey assumed his role, Aviles said the two did not “see eye-to-eye” on things including how to best improve Barringer, one of the more densely populated and underperforming schools in the district. Janey transferred Aviles to an elementary school.

He decided instead to resign and accept a position as Dean of Students at Newark Collegiate Academy, a charter school part of the KIPP New Jersey network. 

“I didn’t get a chance to accomplish what I really wanted to at Barringer,” Aviles told TAPinto Newark. “This is the opportunity to finish what I started.”

Shortly after Aviles left, Barringer High School was split into two schools -- one dedicated for Science, Technology. Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) the other for Arts and Humanities. He believes it did more damage than good by dividing resources, causing confusion and conflict between teachers and students. 

León reunited the two schools last year that was lead by Angela Mincy, who was the principal of Barringer S.T.E.A.M. Academy. León hired Mincy to be the new principal for Science Park High School.

“This school year marks a new era in the history of Barringer High School,” Aviles wrote in his school welcome letter. “Barringer will provide a student-centered climate and culture, along with a unified team of dedicated educators to teach and inspire our students.”

Here are some changes that parents and students can expect this school year:

  • New Law and Public Safety Academy that could include JROTC. The academy is bolstered by Seton Hall Law School and McCarter and English law firm. 

  • Peer mentorship for students and teachers. Younger students will be paired with upperclassmen.  First and second-year teachers will be paired with more experienced teachers. 

  • Growing career and technical education programs for Audio Visual and the Arts.

  • Frequent meetings with students, staff, and parents. Aviles plans to meet with Student Council weekly to ensure that students feel heard in their school. 

  • Afterschool office hours and tutoring. 

  • Enhanced curriculum development. Aviles plans to work with teachers to map curriculum according to students' needs and implement pre- and post-assessments for measuring academic growth.

School starts on Sept. 3 and Aviles looks forward to implementing these changes to improve academic achievement and serve the needs of his new students. 

"We want to focus on what students want, what they like to do, their interests and revolve our curriculum around that,” said Aviles.