Matthew Bolton, a current administrator in Westfield, serving as both Assistant Principal of Roosevelt Intermediate School and Interim Principal of Lincoln School's Early Childhood Learning Center, has been unanimously approved as the Principal of McKinley School at the Board of Education's meeting on June 29. Bolton will replace retiring Principal Claudia Andreski, who has been at the helm of McKinley School for seven years, with a total of 24 years in administrative and teaching positions in Westfield. His appointment is effective July 1, 2010.

Bolton was selected from among 90 applicants in the tri-state area. He began his career in Westfield as the Assistant Principal of Roosevelt Intermediate School in 2007. He previously taught sixth grade Social Studies as well as second grade in Fair Lawn from 2001 to 2007.

Bolton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the Bank Street College of Education.

In commenting on the appointment, Superintendent of Schools Margaret Dolan, said, "Mr. Bolton has proven to be a bright, innovative and enthusiastic leader, who is well respected by students, parents and colleagues. I am very pleased to recommend him as the principal for McKinley School. He has worked effectively as an administrator and I am confident he is the right match for this position."

"I am so thrilled to be joining the McKinley School family," stated Bolton. "I am looking forward to developing strong relationships with all of the students, teachers, and parents of McKinley and am excited about the meaningful work that lies ahead as we all collaborate to move an already fantastic school forward," he added.

The interview team for the principal's position included Superintendent of Schools, Margaret Dolan; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Anita O'Neal; Human Resources Specialist Barbara Ball; Supervisor of Special Services K-12, Andrea Lo; Jefferson Principal, Jeanette Munoz; Board of Education members Ginny Leiz and Richard Mattessich; McKinley teachers Susanne Bonhote and Joe Paradise; and McKinley parents Lisa Harding and Roseann Pizzi.

Audrey Zavetz, Principal of Lincoln School, is expected to return from her leave this summer, and the Board will launch a search to fill the position of Assistant Principal to Roosevelt.