SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE), at a special afternoon meeting last week, approved administrative transfers and moved forward with plans to seek an interim principal for one of its four elementary schools. 

During the July 9 meeting, the SPBOE voted 8-0 in favor of appointing Dr. Robert Goman as the new principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, effective July 10. At this time, Robert Redmon, who has served as an assistant principal at South Plainfield High School (SPHS) since May 2017, was named Goman’s replacement at Grant, effective July 15. 

“I’d like to welcome you [Dr.] Goman as principal of Roosevelt School,” said Superintendent Dr. Noreen Lishak during the meeting, noting that during his time in the district, Goman has ‘earned a reputation as a strong educational leader who is focused on the success of his students.’

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“Dr. Goman makes himself available to the faculty, staff and parents to discuss any issues or concerns they may have. He has engrained himself in the South Plainfield community by attending many school and extracurricular events and is looking forward to continuing many of the traditions that make Roosevelt School the wonderful school that it is,” Lishak said. 

“It is very exciting to be able to appoint someone like Dr. Goman to lead Roosevelt Elementary into the future,” SPBOE President Doug Chapman told TAPinto South Plainfield following the meeting“During his time in our district he has repeatedly demonstrated excellent leadership qualities combined with a unique ability to connect with the students.”

“I would like to thank Dr. Lishak for her kind words at the board meeting Tuesday afternoon and her constant support over the past few years. I am excited for this opportunity and thank the board of education members for their words of encouragement and confidence in me as the new principal of Roosevelt School,” Goman told TAPinto. 

Goman worked as a math teacher at South Plainfield Middle School from 2010 to 2013 before taking in a position at Millburn Middle School. He returned to South Plainfield in 2017 as the assistant principal of Grant. His appointment as Roosevelt’s new principal comes following the recent transfer of Robert Diehl, who, after a decade as the elementary school’s administrator, was recently named principal of SPHS. 

“I am looking forward to continuing the success Roosevelt School has seen under Mr. Diehl. I have very big shoes to fill and I am excited to continue the strong leadership Roosevelt has seen,” Goman said, sharing that he will miss Grant’s ‘dedicated teachers and staff members [he] has built relationships with over the past two years’ as well as working for Principal Patrick Sarullo. 

“He [is] not only the principal of Grant School but a leader and visionary, someone I aspire to be like; he has been a mentor and confidant and I will miss working with him daily. I want to thank him for all he has done for me and Grant School,” Goman said, adding that, through Sarullo’s leadership, ‘Grant School has made tremendous strides.’ “I know it will only continue to excel.”

Redmon came to South Plainfield in May 2017 and, over the past two years, has served as an assistant principal at SPHS. Of his transfer, Redmon said he is ‘truly honored to be named the assistant principal of Grant’ and told TAPinto that he ‘look[s] forward to working with Mr. Sarullo and the staff in an effort to advance the achievements of all students at Grant School.’

“Working together, I am confident that we will continue to provide our students with a challenging and enriching school experience,” said Redmon, adding that has enjoyed ‘everything’ about his time in South Plainfield over the past two years. 

“The commitment of the board of education, district administrative team, staff, parents, and community to provide the best possible educational environment for our students is a testament to the success of our student body,” Redmon said. “Most importantly, I want to thank everyone for how they have embraced me and made me feel welcomed and part of the South Plainfield community.”

With these most recent administrative transfers, the South Plainfield School District must now fill Redmon’s assistant principal position at the SPHS as well as still hire a permanent principal for Riley Elementary School; last month, Leo Whalen, who has held the administrative position at Riley for the past eight years, was named the new principal of South Plainfield Middle School. 

As a result, during the meeting, the SPBOE also approved an agreement between the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association and the South Plainfield School District to provide a list of qualified interim candidates for the Riley School principal position at a rate of $750. 

The next South Plainfield Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17 with the Committee of the Whole meeting starting at 6 p.m. followed by the Regular Public Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Meetings take place in the high school media center and the public is welcome to attend. Additional information is available online at http://www.spboe.org/board_of_education

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