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Jeffrey Freeman
Jeffrey Freeman welcomes families to the first day of school at Edgemont in 2019.

Jeffrey Freeman, previously the principal of Edgemont School, was named the high school’s principal in November, following a four-month search. He began work Monday, Jan. 4. 

Eileen Gilbert had been acting as interim principal since Sept. 30, after interim Principal Terry Trigg-Scales reached the end of her interim tenure.

Freeman’s salary will be $170,747 annually, according to the Board of Education’s Dec. 21 personnel report. 

He was one of two finalists for the position and replaces Anthony Grosso, who stepped down this summer to become the new superintendent of schools in Cedar Grove. Grosso had been principal for two years, after he was transferred in from Glenfield Middle School, where he was also principal, to take the place of departing Principal James Earle. 

Michael Chiles, currently a staff member in the staff development division, will serve as interim principal at Edgemont while the district searches for a new permanent principal for that school. Freeman formerly was assistant principal at the high school, and has also worked at the school as an English teacher and as the school’s athletic director.

Besides the appointment of Freeman and Chiles, the personnel report also announced a pending vacancy: Bradford Principal Naomi Kirkman will retire effective Feb. 1. 

-Erin Roll