Woodbridge Middle School 525 Barron Ave, Woodbridge, NJ07095 From its original incarnation as the township high school, then as a junior high, and since 1981 as a school for grades…More 6 through 8, Woodbridge Middle School has withstood the test of time. In fact, the solid structure, built with bricks fashioned from Woodbridge's world famous clay pits, just recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. Current students have a wide variety of clubs and activities from which to choose. The school spends many resources to ensure the education and well-being of the student body. Robert McLaughlin serves as the school's principal.
Known by everyone as "the Old White Church," the structure is a Woodbridge landmark, and the oldest church in the…More township (although Trinity Episcopal Church next door on Rahway Ave. is a worthy competitor.)
Only two structures have stood on that triangle of land, bounded by Rahway and Port Reading Aves. at the terminus of Freeman Street. The original Meeting House was erected in 1675, and served church members as well as being the seat of Woodbridge's government. The "new" church was built in 1803, and it's still there, under a white brick facade and renovation done in 1972.
A fantastic cemetery, rich in historic lore, is in back of the church. James Parker, a Revolutionary War patriot and the town's famous printer, is buried there.
Both the church and cemetery were put on the National Register of Historic Place in 2007, due mainly to the efforts of the late Robert J. McEwen, a well known author of all things Woodbridge and the best authority on township history.
The Old White Church has a vibrant church community that is very active and involved with the community. The Rev. Robert Boyar has served as pastor since 2005.
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.