Holmdel school board will begin search for new superintendent

HOLMDEL – The Holmdel Township Schools Board of Education will launch a search for a new superintendent of schools.

In a press release, district administrators said Superintendent of Schools Robert McGarry has informed the board he is resigning his position effective Aug. 26.

McGarry has accepted the position of assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public School District in Union County, according to the press release.

During his six-year tenure in Holmdel, McGarry participated in a number of educational initiatives that led to smaller class sizes; enhanced technology capabilities; additional artistic, academic and athletic programs; the opening of an all-day kindergarten program; and a growing focus on mental well-being and physical safety for students and staff members, according to the press release.

In addition, he and his administration have overseen district-wide renovations. During his tenure, the district received certification as a Future Ready District and as a High-Performing District as determined by the New Jersey Department of Education, according to the press release.

“We appreciate Dr. McGarry’s willingness to remain in the district as we plan for the next school year under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath,” board President Victoria Flynn said.

“In the meantime, we are blessed to have strong ‘bench strength’ within our district as the board moves quickly to identify new leadership to maintain our current momentum and develop future strategies to ensure we continue to ‘innovate to elevate’ in everything we do,” Flynn said.

The projected enrollment for the Holmdel school district for the 2020-21 school year is 3,079 students.