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Following a comprehensive selection process, Princeton Public Schools Frank Chmiel has been selected as the next principal of Princeton High School. Mr. Chmiel’s appointment was approved by the Princeton Board of Education on April 27. Mr. Chmiel will assume his role as principal on July 1, 2021.

For the last three years, Mr. Chmiel has been serving as the Principal of Franklin High School in Somerset, where he has earned praise for his emphasis on high academic standards, collaborating with teachers and faculty, and his commitment to inclusion.

“As a longtime Princeton resident, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve the community,” said Mr. Chmiel.

“When I first saw Live to Learn, Learn to Live etched into PHS's outer wall, I thought about how great it would be to work there. It has been many years since then, and I still embrace that motto and now I have the chance to serve as Princeton High School's Principal. I am excited about becoming the learning leader of PHS's phenomenal learning community," he said.

Princeton Public Schools began its search in January for a permanent principal. A search team led by Interim Superintendent Barry Galasso conducted extensive interviews with more than a dozen candidates.

“We were fortunate to see many qualified candidates,” said Dr. Galasso. “Frank Chmiel stood out for several reasons, including his excellent academic and leadership credentials, as well as his commitment to and knowledge of the Princeton community.”

"Mr. Chmiel went through a rigorous hiring process including four rounds of interviews," added Dr. Galasso. "Mr. Chmiel is excited to work with our PHS administrative team to help support students. He has stated that this position is the only position for which he would have left the Principalship of Franklin."

Mr. Chmiel served as a vice principal at Franklin High School for five years prior to becoming principal. Before that he taught Social Studies at Montgomery High School for 15 years. He also taught AP Art History, for which he co-authored a book,History of the Middle East, World Religions, and World Studies.During his 23 years as an educator, Mr. Chmiel has been a strong advocate for school safety as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is known at Franklin High School for his enthusiasm and love of learning, promoting a positive school climate, and his collaboration with students, faculty and staff, and the community.

Mr. Chmiel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and a M.A. in Education Leadership, Management & Policy from Seton Hall University.

Assistant Principal Jared Warren has served as acting principal at Princeton High School since mid-January, taking over the leadership of the school from former Principal Jessica Baxter.

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