Rumson, NJ—January 4, 2022 — Today, Fr. Michael Manning, Pastor of Holy Cross Church, announced the beginning of a search for a new principal to lead Holy Cross Academy in forming educated disciples of Christ for the next generations. He met with Dr. Fran Stromsland, Chairperson of the Committee, to discuss the qualities necessary for this challenging, but rewarding task, to begin academic year 2022-2023.
“I am excited to begin the process, by serving as chair for the committee, to search for our new school leader. This is a tremendous opportunity to find an individual who will grow Holy Cross Academy to be a model of excellence in Catholic education that is cutting edge and future focused for all,” said Dr. Stromsland, former Superintendent of Watchung Regional High School in Somerset County and now Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.
Stromsland chairs a committee who together have decades of experience in Catholic and public education and bring varied professional backgrounds from education, administration and accounting. Fr. Manning was pleased to announce the willingness of such a qualified board to help in the search. “Several committee members also have a rich history with Holy Cross Academy and parish,” said Manning.
The academy’s present principal, Dr. Mark DeMareo, will complete his five-year tenure at the end of this academic year. He has not only helped lead the school during its transition to an academy, but also during the worst of COVID with one of the best in-person instruction days for students in all neighboring schools.
Holy Cross is a fully accredited parochial preK-8 school operated by Holy Cross Parish under the direction of the Diocese of Trenton. The school has been educating since 1941 and enrolls 220 students.