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GR BOE Approves New HS Principal


John W. Lawlor Approved Monday, June 11


The Glen Ridge Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of John W. Lawlor as the next principal of Glen Ridge High School.  The appointment was approved at the Board’s regular meeting on Monday, June 11. Mr. Lawlor replaces current principal, Louis Melchor, who will retire as of June 30.


Mr. Lawlor has been Principal of Saddle Brook Middle School/High School for the past three years, having joined the Saddle Brook community in 2012 as the High School Vice Principal. Prior to his arrival in Saddle Brook, Mr. Lawlor spent seven years as a history teacher in the Fort Lee Public Schools.  After teaching at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School, he went on to Fort Lee High School, where he helped launch the International Baccalaureate program. During his time in Fort Lee, he also completed his M.A. in Educational Leadership at Seton Hall University.


Mr. Lawlor earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Geography from Towson University. After graduation, he worked in media and public relations with companies including Gannett and the New York Daily News. He transitioned from the private sector to education by completing the Master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction at Kean University.


Mr. Lawlor was chosen after a search and interview process that included input from parent and student leaders, as well as faculty and administrators. “John Lawlor’s intelligence, energy and commitment to students stood out in the interview process,” said superintendent Dirk Phillips.  “We think that he will be an inspiring leader of the high school and middle school programs, and will be an invaluable contributor to our efforts to take the Glen Ridge ‘Tradition of Excellence’ to the next level.”