Board of Education Ponders Middle States Accreditation, Accepts Mr. G's Retirement Request

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The Board of Education met last night, swearing in its incumbents and passing a number of resolutions regarding, among other things, safety procedures and a deal with Princeton Review in which, in return for at least 10 families signing up for their SAT prep courses, the courses would be taught at the high school here, with discounts available for all Metuchen participants.( Princeton Review guarantees at least a 200-point upgrade in a student's SAT scores after completing this program.) This should be a boon to college-bound students.

Two other points of interest were given special consideration. The first was that the Middle States accreditation process, which took place last week, completed its 12-point plan of investigation into the Metuchen High School  and MHS passed with flying colors.

The other announcement brought ringing praise for a longtime school administrator and educator from several board members as the Board of Education accepted and passed the retirement request of Mr. Robert Gugliara, 20-year principal of Campbell School. There was no discussion as to his successor but that will clearly launch a search for a suitable replacement in the very near future. His retirement will be official as of October, 2009.

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I was fortunate to have Mr. G as an AP History teacher and Assistant Vice Principal (may not have been the title but he was the discipline guy) at MHS. In addition I've been blessed to have him as Principal for two of my kids as they have progressed through Campbell School. He is an intelligent, kind and funny man who has done great things for our community to help produce excellent well-rounded children that were prepared for middle school and beyond. He did not do it alone as of course the staff at Campbell plays a huge role in this effort but he was the leader. Quiet and steady but a very strong leader. Our community should thank him for all of his years of service and wish him nothing but rest, relaxation and enjoyment as he enters into retirement. I for one will miss him.

-Justin Manley

Count us among the not sorry to see him go.

I don't remember if I paid or not. It was a long time ago. Class of '88. I believe there may have been a small fee.

Our family will miss him as well.

I like him, the kids like him. He's had a tough job, some parents in town can be a handful. Amazing that he was able to balance all of it so well. He had to work with what he was given and grade sizes of 125+ could not have been easy. He's always willing to sit down and talk about whatever, knows your kid even though their are 700ish in school. I've seen him with the kids "on the red bench" after recess and he's great with them. Confronted with what I can almost barely imagine, he's not afraid to stand on the front line. I think he has compassion, courage, and true fondness for the kids. I hope he really enjoys a well earned retirement. I'll miss him.

"The other announcement brought ringing praise from several board members as the Board of Education accepted and passed the retirement request of Mr. Robert Gugliara"


Does this mean that they were happy Mr. G is leaving? I thought I was the only one that didn't like him.

Did you consider it might have been a typo -boy RELAX!

Apparently they didn't teach spelling. It's taught not tought.

I believe that circa. graduates of 2002 it was an elective.

Did you pay for the evening class?

I remember that as well. It helped me. Was tought by faculty in the evening. It didn't teach to take the SATs as much as it was a brush up on some basics that you may have forgotten.

No it was after school hours in the evening.

That was an elective.

At one time Metuchen High had free SAT review classes taught by the MHS faculty.

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