SOUTH PLANFIELD, NJ – With the 2019-2020 school year under way, Dr. Robert Goman is settling into his position as principal of Roosevelt Elementary.
“I am impressed with how well things run here,” said Goman, who took over in July after Robert Diehl was appointed interim principal of South Plainfield High School. “I am impressed with all the systems Mr. Diehl had in place and how well the staff and even the parents have adapted to me.”
Goman told TAPinto South Plainfield that although he has a ‘different management style’ than that of the previous administrator he did not come into the position with plans for immediate changes. Instead, he wants to take the time to get a feel for the school, its staff, students, and families.
“I have some ideas of things I want to do, but I didn't make any changes yet. I want to get together with the staff and make sure we are all on board and that it is good for the school,” he said.
One thing Goman did change, however, was the procedure for morning drop off. In the past, students lined up outside in the morning with kiss and drop in place only during inclement weather. Now, students can enter the building at 8:15 a.m. and gather with their classmates in the cafeteria until the bell rings at 8:35 a.m. and their teachers come to get them. This change, said Goman, was for the safety of the students.
“I believe this is a safer way to do things and something most of the other schools are doing in the district,” said Goman, adding, “I am a parent and understand that it is hard to let your kids go, but as the kids are coming in, they are smiling and happy to see their friends. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from the parents. It is working out really well.”
Goman joined the South Plainfield School District in 2010, serving as a math teacher at the middle school for three years before going on to work as a sixth-grade math teacher at Millburn Middle School. He returned to the district in July 2017 as the assistant principal of Grant School and was appointed principal of Roosevelt this past July.
“I am very excited for some of our upcoming events. I am looking forward to seeing all of our parents at back to school night and especially at the PTO’s Trunk or Treat night on Oct. 25.”
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