Founded in 1897, the Woodbridge Fire Department has gone through a building or two - the last built in 1969 - but the…More fire company has pretty much spent its existence on School St., right across from the Board of Education building. A combination of professional and volunteer firefighters, the WFD responds to approximately 800 calls a year throughout the township. Five full time fire inspectors are employed.
A statue of a fireman holding a firehose is near by firehouse. The fireman, a memorial, is set on a pedestal on a bit of land at the intersection of School St. and East Park Ave. The statue is well known throughout the township. It was erected in the memory of the "departed firemen" of Woodbridge and Sewaren.
A nine-member Board of Education oversees the finances of a school district with sixteen elementary schools, five…More middle schools and three high schools. The student population hovers around 13,000, and district taxpayers fund the annual educational budget of $181.5 million.
Brian Small is the Board of Education's president; other members include Vice President Diane Acquisto, John Golden, Judy Leidner, Lawrence Miloscia, Brian Molnar, Ezio Tamburello, Jonathan Triebwasser, and George Yuhasz. Every April, three of nine BOE seats are up for reelection.
Board of Ed meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month at Avenel Middle School. The district's administrative offices are located in the Township's first schoolhouse, "PS 1", which was built in 1876 of bricks fashioned in Woodbridge's clay pits.
Dr. John A. Crowe is the district's superintendent, and Dennis DeMarino serves as business administrator.