WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education formally approved the appointment of Dr. Paul Duncan as assistant principal of Franklin Elementary School during its first meeting of the school year Tuesday night.

“I am confident that Dr. Duncan is an excellent fit for Westfield and the Franklin School Community,” Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan said.

Duncan is taking over the role previously held by Scott Lipson, who recently accepted a school principal position in Morris County.

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According to Westfield Public Schools, Duncan has served in education for 17 years and has more than 10 years of experience with both fourth and fifth grade teaching in Warren Township. He has also served as assistant principal and supervisor of the district’s summer school and as co-chair of Warren’s technology subcommittee to assist Warren’s strategic planning efforts.

Duncan received his doctor of education degree from Rutgers University. He also holds a master of education degree from Rutgers and the University of Illinois along with a bachelor of the arts degree in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I have received such a warm welcome from everyone and I am really excited for the kids to arrive next week,” Duncan said at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

In a press release, he added that he is truly honored to be joining the Westfield Public School District because of its commitment to educational excellence and excited to be part of Dr. Cambria’s team of educators at Franklin.

Franklin is Westfield's only elementary school with an assistant principal due to the size of the school, with more than 500 enrolled students. One hundred and twenty applicants were screened for the assistant principal position over the summer, according to the district.

“He clearly stood out as a thoughtful, experienced educator with sound judgment,” said Franklin Principal Dr. Eileen Cambria.