SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School has a new principal. Ronnie Spring was approved at the Monday board of education meeting take the reins on July 1, 2019.
As a candidate for the position, Spring was brought to Superintendent Michael Rossi with two others. "All three were outstanding," Rossi said.
Sparta resident and Bellville Superintendent Richard Tomko of Tomko, Tomko and Associates was hired to conduct a professional search for principal in February. Tomko, present at the meeting on Monday, held meetings with staff, students and community members to create a profile against which the candidates were screened. Applicants had to go throught written screening as well as interviews, to become a finalist.
Cecil Beavers has been the interim principal since January, following the retirement of Janet Ferraro.
Spring is currently the principal at South Plainfield High School, a position he has held for four years. His time at South Plainfield began in December 2011 as vice principal.
In 2005 Spring began his career in education as a history and law teacher on the East Orange High School campus. He was also the advisor to Mock Trial Law Club, according to his South Plainfield webpage.
Education is Spring’s second career. After graduating from Johns Hopkins with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, he received his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law in 1996. Spring was a practicing attorney for eight years before going into teaching.
Spring earned his master’s degree in education from Montclair University. Spring resides in Byram with his wife and children.
Sparta High School will be looking for three key high school administrators. The current guidance director Kacey Dalton has resigned and a second guidance supervisor postion, recently created by Rossi. Additionally, vice principal Rory Fitzgerald has resigned. Fitzgerald will become the Butler High School principal as of July 1.