By ERIN ROLL
Montclair High School’s principal is stepping down to take a new position as Cedar Grove’s superintendent of schools.
The Cedar Grove BOE announced Anthony Grosso as its new superintendent at a special meeting of Cedar Grove’s Board of Education Tuesday, June 23. The board voted unanimously on the appointment. He will succeed current superintendent Michael Fetherman, whose contract with Cedar Grove will expire in August.
Grosso is expected to take over in Cedar Grove on Aug. 24.
“Today is a really, really good day. This is a beginning of a new chapter with a new leader,” said Cedar Grove BOE President Christine Dye.
Board Member Lenn Slondoria said: “We got the guy that we wanted.”
Grosso was named as MHS’s principal in October 2018, succeeding James Earle. Prior to working at MHS, Grosso was the principal at Watchung and then at Glenfield.
Grosso thanked the BOE for their vote of confidence. “Cedar Grove has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence and dedication to the children of our community,” he said. “I look to respect and carry on that tradition, paving the way for new and successful opportunities for our children and staff.”
Fetherman announced in May that he would be stepping down to become the new superintendent of schools in the Mountain Lakes school district.
“The Montclair Board of Education congratulates Mr. Grosso on his appointment as the superintendent of the Cedar Grove School District,” Montclair BOE President Latifah Jannah said Wednesday morning. “Principal Grosso has been a valued educator in Montclair for many years, and we wish him well in this new endeavor.”
“Mr. Grosso is an excellent principal, an excellent educational leader, and I think he’ll do an excellent job in Cedar Grove,” Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker said Tuesday night.
Parker cited Grosso’s years of service in the Montclair schools, including working at the elementary, middle and high school levels. “He has really great preparation for being a superintendent of schools, and I think he’ll do well.”