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Courier News, December, 1961

"Green Brook Picks Top School Official"

Green Brook - Dr. Richard S. Ford, school administrator, was appointed first school superintendent of the township last night by the Board of Education.

Dr. Ford's appointment is retroactive to Nov. 6. The motion to appoint him was made by Warren B. Griffin, Personnel Committee chairman.

Dr. Ford has a doctorate from Rutgers University, a master's degree from Columbia Teachers College and a bachelor's degree from Columbia University. He was associated with Middlesex Borough schools for nine years. He was educational coordinator of that system before becoming administrative principal of Green Brook schools Aug. 15, 1961. 

His experience includes eight years teaching in Spring Valley, N.Y., and six years as principal of the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon.   

The position of superintendent was created by the board after the State Board of Education approved the establishment of the post Nov. 6. Anthony A. D'Ovidio, assist-ant principal of Green Brook School, was appointed principal, effective Nov. 6. Dr. Ford and D'Ovidio thanked the board for the appointments and said they were "nice Christmas presents." 

The board set the annual school election for Feb. 11 from 5-9 p.m. Also approved were appointments of election workers, printing of ballots, newspaper advertising and posting of election notices. 

The terms of board president Fred J. Coles, and members Robert J. Hencken and Griffin expire in February. Only Coles has announced he will seek reelection. The deadline for filing as candidates is 4 p.m. Jan. 2. 

The board announced a public budget hearing will be held in Green Brook School Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. Should a second hearing be necessary it will be Jan. 22. The deadline for preparation of an itemized budget is Jan. 14. 

Mrs. Winifred Minor, fourth grade teacher, reported about the fourth grade program. She said English is stressed as a "tool which functions all day long in every subject." 

The board referred to its attorney a letter from Arthur S. Mott Jr., Warren Township attorney requesting the Green Brook Board consider accepting school children from borderline property. The letter referred to lots on Green Valley Dr. that are bisected by the municipal boundary between Warren and Green Brook. 

Mrs. Elaine Lawrence was named teacher for the remainder of the 1963-64 school, year. Mrs. Marjorie L. Lynch was granted a two-year leave of absence, effective Feb. 3, on provision she notify the board no later than Apr. 1, 1964 or 1965 of her intent to return. 

Mrs. Ann Sheredos of North Plainfield was appointed teacher for the remainder of the school year.