Johnson Park principal takes on new duties in Princeton

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Johnson Park School Principal Robert Ginsberg has been appointed to serve as the acting Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction by the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education.

Ginsberg, who began his new duties July 1, was awarded a one-year contract by the school board at its June 23 meeting. He replaces Annie Gonzalez Kosek, who retired June 30 after 17 years in the Princeton school district.

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Ginsberg’s contract, which began July 1 and expires June 30, 2021, sets a salary of $207,984. The contract allows for 22 vacation days and 14 sick leave days. The terms of the contract have been approved by Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools Yasmin E. Hernandez.

Ginsberg said he is looking forward to the challenge of helping to shape the district’s curriculum and programs to the needs of the future.

Ginsberg has worked for the Princeton Public Schools for 32 years. He served as the principal of the Littlebrook School from 1988-98, and as the principal of the Johnson Park School since 1999.

Ginsberg was honored last month when the school board agreed to name the school’s amphitheater for him. The board had been asked to name it for him by the Johnson Park School PTO.

In its letter requesting that the amphitheater be named in Ginsberg’s honor, the PTO wrote that he was the heart and soul of the school. He was not just the glue, but the very fabric that made the school what it is, the letter said.

This is not the first time that Ginsberg has held the position of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Princeton Public Schools. He served in the post for one year and requested a transfer back to an elementary school principalship.

Ginsberg began his career as a reading, mathematics and social studies teacher at a junior high school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He also taught third grade in a Brooklyn elementary school.

He was the supervisor of programs for the gifted and talented program in the East Brunswick Public Schools before coming to the Princeton Public Schools to serve as the principal at the Littlebrook School.

Ginsberg earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, educational administration and organizational behavior from Cornell University.

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