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Welcome to Our New Principal: William J. Belluzzi

1708_school_teacher_with_a_pointer_displayed_on_chalk_board_text_welcomeI was pleased to learn today that the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Trenton has given its approval to my and the Search Committee’s selection for new Principal of Holy Cross School.

William J. Belluzzi began his teaching career as a Language Teacher and Guidance Counselor at Bergen Catholic and St. Joseph Regional High Schools, served as an Instructor at Dominican College and then became principal of both public elementary and middle schools in Bergen County. He currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools of Montvale Public Schools.

Certifications, awards and distinctions

  • New York: School District Leader. New Jersey: School Administrator, Principal, Supervisor, K-12 Pupil Personnel Services, K-12 Spanish, K-12 Italian, Elementary School Teacher.
  • 1989 Bergen County Guidance Counselor of the Year; 1999 Bergen County Elementary and Middle School Administrative Excellence Award; Inducted into the Bergen Catholic Hall of Fame, 2004; Administrators Educational Visit to Korea, July 2001.
  • President, Bergen County Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association 2001 – 2003; Vice- President, 1999 – 2001; Executive Board, 1997 – Present; Member New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Council, 2001 – 2005; President, Bergen County Coalition of School Administrators, 2002 – 2003; Executive Board, 2001 – 2006.

 Education

  • William Paterson University M.Ed. In Administration and Supervision, January 1996
  • Montclair State University M.A.T. in Secondary Education, May 1977
  • Fordham University B.A. in Romance Languages, Magna cum laude, June 1973

Mr. Belluzzi and his wife are residents of Bay Head, New Jersey; they have a son and daughter both of whom have completed their primary and secondary educations in Catholic schools.

Mr. Belluzzi’s love of education, children and his faith were evident in all the answers he gave to our committee.  His sincerity, compassion and conscientious approach to education will serve us well. Here are two paragraphs from the letter he wrote to the Search Committee explaining his vision for Catholic education:

          The challenges of a Catholic education as we move further into the 21st century will be to maintain a specifically Catholic identity, to remain current in curriculum and instructional practices, to make certain that schools are fiscally sound with viable enrollments, and to make provisions for necessary technology, supplies and equipment with a rich program of extracurricular activities. The particularly Catholic identity must provide the basis for integrating communal liturgical worship experiences, opportunities to practice Christian service, knowledge about faith and traditions, and meaningful discussion about important issues which will be faced both now and in the future

Catholic schools have a distinct advantage as they augment the role of the family in helping students to respect and value themselves and others while developing their specific God-given talents to make a contribution to our society.  Recognizing that parents are the primary educators of their children, the faculty and administration, together with the parish and the greater Church all need to pledge themselves toward the same vision. We all must care deeply about the young people entrusted to us and recognize that they are the reason for our existence.

We are delighted that Mr. Belluzzi will be joining us at Holy Cross and we welcome him back to his Catholic educational roots. He will be joining us before long to greet parents, children and parishioners as soon as we can arrange the dates and times.

Please pray that Holy Cross School continues to prosper and that our new principal will be guided by the Holy Spirit and the good will of school parents, faculty, children and parishioners alike.

 Fr Manning

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