SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a May 17 meeting, the South Plainfield Board of Education officially made several administrative appointments. Among those unanimously approved by the board are Patrick Sarullo as principal of Grant School, Robert Redmon as assistant principal of South Plainfield High School, and Jacqueline Castrovono as the director of special services.
“I am looking forward to working with all of you [and] to all the new changes,” said South Plainfield Board of Education Vice President Chere Glover of the appointments. “Our administrative team is going to be dynamic and I am excited and so proud.”
Board of Education President Bill Seesselberg added, “There are a lot of changes in the district but what’s good is that we are getting new people in and others are staying and moving around.”
A resident of the borough for 36 years and graduate of South Plainfield High School, Sarullo will replace retiring Grant School Principal Ellen Decker-Lorys, effective July 1.
Sarullo began his career as a teacher at South Plainfield Middle School (SPMS) and then went on to service as a vice principal in the Wanaque School District. In August 2016, he was named assistant principal of South Plainfield High School (SPHS).
“It is a real honor and I am truly humbled and appreciative of this opportunity. To be a principal, let alone a principal in South Plainfield, just means so much,” said Sarullo. “Ellen Decker-Lorys has done such a great job there she has some big shoes – or high heels – to fill.”
As principal of Grant, Sarullo said he is looking forward to continuing to work with an administration and board of education ‘that is doing so many great things.’ “It’s been a very busy year and education here is going in the right direction and I am just so happy to be a part of it,” he said.
Robert Redmon, a resident of Nazareth, PA, brings to South Plainfield High School 26 years of experience. He will replace John Sacrone, who served an interim assistant principal for the past two years, effective July 1.
Redmon began his career with Hackenstown Public Schools before going on to spend 10 years as a technology teacher and later curriculum coordinator for the Newton School District. Nine years ago he returned to Hackenstown, serving first as a supervisor for world language, technology, business, and fine and performing arts before taking over the position director of instructional technology in 2012. For a short time, Sacrone was his building principal.
“I am really looking forward to getting back into the trenches with the kids and making an impact. I miss not having that day-to-day contact,” said Redmon, adding that he is also excited about joining the school district at a time when so many ‘new and exciting’ things are happening. “I couldn't be happier and more excited about his opportunity.”
As the district’s new director of special services, Jacqueline Castrovono brings to South Plainfield close to 25 years of social services and special education experience. She will replace Colleen Dalrymple who resigned last month and begin serving in the position on or before July 18.
As resident of Freehold and a graduate of Piscataway High School, Castrovono has served as a supervisor of special education for the Township of Ocean School District-Oakhurst for the past four and a half years. Prior, she was a special education teacher with the Sayreville School District for almost 20 years.
“I am really looking forward to getting to know people, meeting parents, and finding out the good, the bad, and the ugly,” said Castrovono, adding, “I tend to have a very positive approach, especially when it comes to her field.”
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