Joseph N. Bollendorf accepted the superintendent post from the Washington Township Board of Education effective September 1, 2015. He replaced interim superintendent Thomas Flemming, who held the post since February 2015, when former school chief Robert Goldschmidt retired. The Board of Education voted unanimously to elevate Bollendorf, who served as the Executive Principal of Washington Township High School for nearly six years and in an administrative role at WTHS since 1997. Bollendorf's contract runs through June 30, 2019.
In his capacity as WTHS Principal, Bollendorf was responsible for the oversight of all academic programming for some 2,400 students and the supervisory leadership of an administrative team and all professional staff members. He also managed the largest school budget in the District. Highly visible, accessible and student-centric, Bollendorf founded a number of student activities during his tenure, including Senior Service Day, Homecoming Pep Rally, Homecoming Spirit Parade and Fireworks, Senior Kickoff Dance and the Senior Yearbook Signing Party, enhancing the climate of the school.
Bollendorf is credited with the creation of the school’s first “School Improvement Committee” and revamped the school’s Advanced Placement program, in addition to a number of other academic efforts to improve student performance. He effectively ushered in Marzano training for teachers and PARCC testing for students. His influence and input extended beyond his building through his District-level involvement in the District Evaluation Advisory Committee, the District Technology Steering Committee, the Data Committee and Administrative Council. He also has served as the president of the Gloucester and Salem Counties Principals Association, and on a number of community-based organizations including the Parks and Recreation Board, the Sports Advisory Board, and the Mayor’s Commission on Economic Improvement.
Bollendorf served as WTHS Executive Assistant Principal from 1999 to 2009, overseeing the daily operations of the school’s 11/12 wing, including the supervision of some 1,500 students and all 11/12 staff members, including four assistant principals. Working collaboratively with the building principals in all matters related to curriculum, professional development and instructional leadership, Bollendorf coordinated all activities relating to High School Proficiency Assessment testing and supervised athletics and numerous extracurricular activities, including the senior class trip, junior and senior proms and all graduation exercises. Prior to his arrival at WTHS in 1997 as an assistant principal, he served for two years as vice principal at Millville Senior High School after teaching marketing education at the school from September 1983 through June 1995.
Bollendorf holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing education from Temple University (1982) and earned a master’s in educational administration and leadership from Rowan University (1995). He also holds a New Jersey school administrator certificate and a principal’s certification. He and his wife, Eleanor, are the parents of Erin (WTHS Class of 2004), the late Caitlin (WTHS Class of 2006), Bridget (WTHS Class of 2009) and Joey (WTHS Class of 2011).