WEST ORANGE, NJ – After 41 years inside New Jersey schools, Frank Corrado is planning his next step.

“I’m going to sit on the beach. I’m going to fish, hike, and catch up on the thirty books I’ve been meaning to read,” Corrado said.

Corrado, 63, is retiring at the end of this year after being principal at Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange for the past 11 years.   Corrado was honored Monday night at the West Orange Board of Education meeting, where, in appreciation for Corrado’s long service, the board dedicated the auditorium at Roosevelt Middle School in his honor.

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“It was the greatest honor ever,” Corrado said of his tenure as principal and the dedication of the auditorium.  “I’m leaving my family.  This was a big chapter of my life.  I’m closing this chapter and starting another one.”

Stepping into the position as the school’s principal will be Lionel Hush, an assistant principal at Liberty Middle School.  Hush, who received a loud standing ovation from those in attendance, was selected by a search committee out of 125 applicants for the position. 

Hush said he was grateful for the opportunity to “continue to grow in this community that I’ve grown to truly, truly admire."

“I want to give my deepest appreciation to the amount of support and admiration granted to me,” Hush said. “It really did touch my heart and I’m truly honored to continue to serve the community in such a capacity.”

Hush has been an administrator for six years and was a history teacher for eight years.  Corrado said he was excited Hush would be taking over and is looking forward to seeing Hush “make his own mark” on the school.

The board also announced plans for school redistricting, which is slated to be enacted prior to the 2012-2013 school year.  Board President Laura Lab said the board will receive a 5-year enrollment and demographic projection study by the fall, which will serve as a basis to the redistricting.  Following this, Lab said school community members will meet to discuss how to redraw the district’s maps.