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As efforts advance in updating and enhancing its school facilities, the Princeton Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of David J. Harding as the District’s new Director of Facilities, effective July 1, 2019.  Mr. Harding is currently the Director of Facilities for the Bernards Township School District, where he has served for the last six years.  A graduate of NJIT with a degree in engineering, Mr. Harding has served as a project director for an engineering firm as well as a commissioning agent and director.  He has developed Sustainable Energy Master Plans as well as provided oversight for LEED certification on multiple projects.  He has experience in higher education as the Associate Director of Physical Plant at Seton Hall University, and he has extensive management experience in the coordination of staff and contractors on a variety of facility improvement projects.    

As Director of Facilities for Princeton Public Schools, Mr. Harding will oversee all district-wide plant operations, manage facilities use and capital projects related to building renovation and construction, and supervise transportation operations.  Last December, Princeton voters approved a $26.9 million bond referendum to support a variety of critical upgrades to ensure safe, secure, and healthy learning environments for all students and staff in the Princeton Public Schools.  In his new role, Mr. Harding will oversee all aspects of these projects, including design reviews, cost estimates, bid specifications, construction plans, and project implementation.  His goal will be to assist Superintendent Steve Cochrane in ensuring that each construction project is designed and implemented thoughtfully, cost-effectively, and with clear communication to the community. 

“This is an important hire for the entire Princeton community,” stated Superintendent Cochrane.  “Dave brings a wealth of experience that will guide our efforts not only to maintain and enhance our facilities but to advance both learning and sustainability.  A balance of highly competent and highly caring, Dave is enthusiastic about the details of every building and every project because he recognizes that the work on our facilities is fundamentally about supporting the students, staff, and families who are in our schools each day. I believe Mr. Harding is an ideal fit for the Princeton Public Schools.”  

   “I am excited to be joining the Princeton Public Schools at this important time in the evolution of their facilities,” stated Harding.  “I have been impressed by the approach thus far to the referendum projects, and I look forward to getting on board, rolling up my sleeves, and continuing to plan for the future of the District and the students it serves.”  

Mr. Harding will be replacing Gary Weisman, who is retiring as the Director of Facilities.  “It is hard to lose the depth of experience and knowledge that Gary embodies,” stated Superintendent Cochrane. “We are immensely grateful to Gary, and I appreciate that Gary and Dave will work together to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible.” 

In conjunction with today’s announcement, Princeton Public Schools also announced the creation of “Referendum Review Teams” for each of its six public schools, which will be led by the District’s Director of Facilities.  Each school team will include representation from administrators, staff, and parents.  These representatives will serve as stewards throughout the duration of the referendum projects, providing consistent input and ideas for the ongoing construction work, while also serving as an additional contact for fellow members of their school communities.  Please click here, to find a full listing of the participants on each school’s Referendum Review Team.  

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