Former Newark Principal Joins Hoboken District

Gerald Fitzhugh II was appointed on Tuesday to be the new principal of the Connors School.

The Hoboken Board of Education on Tuesday night appointed Gerald Fitzhugh II as the new principal of the Connors Elementary School. 

Fitzhugh’s contract—which started on Wednesday and runs until June 30, 2013—includes a $127,209 salary.

Fitzhugh replaces , who will now lead

Fitzhugh comes to the district from Newark, where he served as a vice principal and a principal.

The new principal will be responsible for “developing and sustaining an interactive and authentic learning environment,” according to an announcement from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Toback.

Between 2000 and 2005, Fitzhugh served as a fourth and fifth grade teacher  at the Dr. William Horton Elementary School. From 2005 to 2009 he was the vice principal there.

In July 2010, Fitzhugh became the principal of the

Chancellor Avenue/Annex Elementary School was able to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress in elementary and middle school mathematics and language arts/literacy for the 2011-2012 school year, according to Toback’s announcement. Furthermore, the daily attendance rates increased from 55 to more than 90 percent during the two years he served as the school’s principal.  

JM144 August 28, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I worked for Gerald he is a fantastic principal and he was done completely wrong by my district! They didnt push him out because he was hurting our school he actually helped bring us out of 7 years of failure. He was let go because they wanted to give our annex to a charter school and push all of our k-2 students into a condemned basement. He fought for our students and would not give in to outlandish demands that would hurt our students. He was let go on a technicality because he was not a tenured principal. That man stayed up late nights visiting student homes, washing uniforms , and making sure our staff did right by our students. Whoever thinks they know about him based on press and not what he did for our school is misinformed and WRONG! Newark lost one of their best but Hoboken stands to gain a great man and an excellent adminstrator. And he was a k-8 principal not k-2.
lorraine morgan August 31, 2012 at 03:58 PM
JM144 , Glad to hear that Gerald was dedicated to his students. Sorry to hear he was let go for being the voice for his students. The current Hoboken BOE Kids First Majority terminated a very dedicated teacher as well, Ms. O'haus, who like Gerald was not yet a tenured teacher. Ms. O'haus Made HHS Performing Arts an Award Winning Program . Also just like Gerald , Paul O'haus went above and beyond to help her students and unfortunately that did not matter to the Kids First Majority who voted to terminate her employment. I don't know if she ever washed their school clothes or spent late nights visiting student's homes as you mentioned that Gerald did, but she did speak at a public meeting it was stated that she helped one student with her admission interview for college. Ms. Ohaus purchased clothes and provided the transportation for the student for the interview.
Henry Gonzalez September 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I am a Connors parent. Principal Fitzhugh and VP Shannon have changed the climate. The teachers are working extremely hard. To those who didn't believe. Start believing. Connors is on it's way back to prominence. Good Job Dr. Toback. 2great picks!
Adrienne Smith October 12, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Yup Henry, I agree! I have been in that school as recently as today. Those teachers are working hard and the admin is visible. I like that they teach classes. Way to go Connors!
Nile January 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Newark has several Blue Ribbon schools within the district such as Harriet Tubman Elem., Science Park High School, Branch Brook Elem and Ann Street Elem. There are also schools within Newark that are near Blue Ribbon due to their high standardized test scores and other criteria to meet this status. Please discuss facts about Newark Public Schools before speaking about the district in such a way to blanket the whole district in a negative light.


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