SUMMIT, NJ - Stacy Grimaldi, Summit High School Assistant Principal for the past seven years, has been selected to succeed Paul Sears as Principal at the school.

“After an intense process with a competitive and highly qualified group of candidates, Mrs. Grimaldi stood out as the best choice to lead Summit High School,” said June Chang, Superintendent of Summit Public Schools. “The interview committee, made up of teachers, administrators, Board and community members, was unanimous in its decision to recommend Stacy.”

Grimaldi will succeed Sears, who announced his retirement in November, after 35 years in education. The Board of Education is expected to approve Superintendent Chang’s recommendation at its January 21 meeting at Summit High School. The Board will host a reception for Grimaldi, prior to the meeting, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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Grimaldi has served as Assistant Principal of Summit High School since 2008. During her tenure in the role, she worked collaboratively with the high school administrative team to research, develop, and analyze the implementation of the new block schedule. She also was responsible for overseeing the school’s testing, including PARCC, and worked closely with Assistant Principal Michael Lapotasky, administrators, and the Summit Police Department to implement a new security procedure called ALICE.

Grimaldi came to Summit High School as a math teacher in 2001, where she taught Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Advanced Placement Statistics, and Java Programming. She began her career in education in 1994 at Monroe Township High School as a math teacher.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the leader of Summit High School,” Grimaldi said. “I look forward to building upon the excellent work that has taken place under Paul Sears' leadership and strengthening my existing relationships with students, staff, parents, and community members.”

A search for a new Assistant Principal at Summit High School will commence immediately, and a timeline for transition and Sears’ retirement will be determined as soon as possible.

“I am very happy for my colleague, Stacy,” said Sears. “The committee has chosen a talented and dedicated professional to lead Summit High School.  My best wishes to the school I love as well as my dear friend.”

Grimaldi is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership at Rutgers University. She has a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, NY. She also has her undergraduate degree from Union College. Grimaldi lives in South Plainfield with her husband and two children.