PISCATAWAY, NJ - As the start of the 2018-2019 school year approaches, Piscataway School District officials have announced the appointment of a new principal at one of the township’s intermediate schools.

Christopher Baldassano has been appointed principal of Arbor Intermediate School, according to a Wednesday news release.  

Officials said, “As principal, he will oversee a building of 521 fourth and fifth grade students, and 74 staff members, providing instructional leadership and supervision, overseeing building operations, and strengthening community outreach.

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“Mr. Baldassano has worked in Piscataway Schools since 2015, first serving as K-12 supervisor for students with behavioral and cognitive disabilities, and for the past two years, serving as Supervisor of Secondary Special Education.

“Mr. Baldassano’s strengths include building relationships and working effectively with teams of professionals including teachers, parents, child study team members, and paraprofessionals,” said Superintendent of Schools Teresa M. Rafferty.

“He listens carefully to students, parents, and staff, and this, coupled with his background and educational expertise, position him for success at Arbor School,” Rafferty added.

“School officials noted that in addition to his supervisory duties, Mr. Baldassano serves at Piscataway’s district test coordinator for New Jersey’s alternate test for PARCC (DLM) and is a certified district trainer for Handle with Care: Crisis Intervention and Behavior Management Training.

“Prior to joining Piscataway, Mr. Baldassano taught for five years in Monroe Township, and for two years in Allentown. He won a teaching fellowship at Citizens School, Boston, an experiential education program to promote academics and leadership skills among urban middle school children. Before entering the education profession, Mr. Baldassano worked as a police officer for three years in Durham, North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Moravian College (PA) and master’s degrees in education leadership and special education, both from Monmouth University.”