SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - High School Principal James Pederson received tenure at last week's school-board meeeting, along with the district's curriculum coordinator, Paul Rafalowski, and Middle School Assistant Principal Tamekia Grier-Dupiche.

Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genko thinks the high-school principal is one of the most important spots it the district, saying that the person in that role "sets the tone for the district."  He pointed out how Pederson started out as a teache's aid and worked his way up, learning more each step of the way. 

"I can't think of a more dedicated person," Genko said when introducing Pederson.

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Middle School Principal Kevin Hajduk used similar words to describe Grier-Dupiche.  He called her an exceptional leader who has a passion for her job, which includes coordinating the NJ-ASK program and acting as disciplinarian for the school.

Rafalowski started out as a math teach in the district before serving as interim assistant principal at the Middle School and then moving to curriculum coordinator.  According to Assistant Superintedent of Schools Nicole Pormilli, he's a dedicated and passionate professional, whose reputation goes beyond the district.  Recently he was recruited to serve on the statewide committee that coordinates that No Child Left Behind Act.