South Plainfield BOE Appoints New High School, Middle School Principals and Assistant Business Administrator

Roger Vroom was named principal of South Plainfield Middle School. 
Ronnie Spring was named principal of South Plainfield High School. 

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a March 16 meeting, the South Plainfield Board of Education officially and unanimously approved the appointments of Ronnie Spring as principal of South Plainfield High School and Roger Vroom III as principal of South Plainfield Middle School. Additionally, the board also approved the hiring of Stephen Fried as the district’s assistant business administrator.

 “Ron Spring and Roger Vroom have been involved with the school district for a number of years and both work well with the students, teachers and staff. They are both assets to the school district,” said BOE President Debbie Boyle, adding, “Prior to joining the South Plainfield School District, Mr. Fried worked for a very reputable company and we are please to welcome him here.”

In a notice emailed to parents on Thursday, Interim Superintendent of School Dr. Johanna Ruberto said the appointments were a result of a formal three-part district process resulting in one candidate being recommended to the board. “The process commenced with a formal needs assessment by the students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents, a writing sample, and a three-part interview process,” stated Ruberto.

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Ronnie Spring

Ronnie Spring has worked in education for approximately 11 years where he has served as a teacher and an administrator. Prior, Spring practiced law for approximately eight years.

Spring graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1993 with a bachelor of arts degree in international relations and, in 1996, earned a juris doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in 1996. In 2005, began his career in education at East Orange Campus High School. There, he taught history and law and was the advisor to the Mock Trial Law Club. In addition to his teaching background, Spring also served as disciplinarian, drop-out prevention coordinator, and summer school principal.

Spring, who went on to obtain a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Montclair State University, joined the South Plainfield School District in December 2011 as an assistant principal of the high school. In July 2015, he was named acting principal.

Spring is married with three children.

Roger A. Vroom III

Roger A. Vroom III attended South Plainfield Public Schools and is a member of the Class of 1999. He received a bachelor’s of music in music education from The College of New Jersey and an education masters in administration and supervision from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. 

Vroom has worked in education for approximately 10 years, serving as a teacher, high school band director and administrator. He began his teaching career at Saddle Brook High School in 2003 where he served as band director for grades 7-12 and, in 2005, Vroom joined the South Plainfield School District as a music teacher. During his tenure as a teacher, Vroom worked in several interim administrative positions and, in June 2015, was appointed as an assistant principal at South Plainfield High School.

Vroom and his wife, Beth, have three children, Nathan, Benjamin and Leah.

Stephen Fried

Stephen Fried holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and has worked as an auditor for approximately four and a half years and as an accountant for approximately four years.  A licensed CPA and a Public School Accountant, Fried will start his career with the South Plainfield School District; prior, he worked collaboratively with other school districts as an auditor. 

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