Superintendent of Schools
Joseph N. Bollendorf
Joseph N. Bollendorf has been serving in the Washington Township Public Schools for 22 years and as superintendent since September 1, 2015. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bollendorf held leadership positions as an assistant principal and principal at Washington Township High School from 1997 to 2015. Now in his 37th year as a New Jersey educator, he has been a resident of Washington Township for the past 31 years, proudly raising four children with his wife, Eleanor, in our town.
In his capacity as Superintendent, Mr. Bollendorf and his administrative team have led multiple initiatives including redistricting, full-day kindergarten, a 1:1 laptop computer deployment for grades 3-12 and distribution of iPads for grades K-2. Under his administration, the District has developed a strategic plan to continue its upward trajectory. This educational blueprint will guide the District through future budgets and develop multiple new programs with a focus on social and emotional learning, mindfulness, equity, and curriculum-based global learning to help best prepare students for life in the 21st century. Additionally, the District has created an Academy model at the high school that includes academic cohorts that will focus on Business Administration & Management, Early Childhood Education, Engineering (STEM), Marketing & Business Leadership, TV Production and Broadcast Journalism and Allied Health
Mr. Bollendorf continues to serve our community in multiple capacities as a member of the Economic Development Committee, the Library Board, the Rotary, and the Chamber of Commerce. He also works closely with the Washington Township Education Foundation in their efforts to raise grant dollars for the teachers in our District and to fund supplemental programming for our students. At the State level, Mr. Bollendorf serves on the New Jersey Association of School Administrators’ Legislative Committee, and the NJSIAA Executive and Eligibility Appeals Committee.
As WTHS principal from 2009 to 2015, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, activities that helped to enhance the climate of the school while fostering traditions that carry on to this day.
Mr. Bollendorf is credited with the creation of the school’s first “School Improvement Committee.” Among a number of academic efforts to improve student performance, he revamped the school’s Advanced Placement program, 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, WTPR Coach/League Director, and the Mayor’s Commission on Economic Improvement.
Mr. 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, Mr. 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.
Mr. 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).