FREEHOLD — When the 2022-23 school year begins in September, Freehold Middle School will have a new principal for the first time in a decade.

John Brovak was appointed by the Freehold Borough K-8 School District Board of Education as Middle School Principal at a recent meeting. Brovak will become director on August 1 as educators begin planning for the year ahead.

Brovak’s appointment will be effective until June 30, 2023, after which he may be reappointed by the board.

Brovak succeeds Ronnie Dougherty, who retired at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Dougherty was appointed principal of Freehold Intermediate School in 2013.

According to Superintendent of Schools Joseph Howe, Brovak joined Freehold Borough in 1999 and became deputy principal of Freehold Intermediate School in 2013.

In addition to serving as assistant principal, Howe said Brovak has served as the site supervisor for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) after-school and summer program since 2008; the District Harassment, Bullying and Intimidation Coordinator since 2013; and he became the district’s first school safety specialist in 2018.

“Mr. Brovak, your challenges are many, but with the great team you have at Freehold Intermediate School, I have no doubt that you will meet this challenge,” Howe said.

Brovak graduated from the College of New Jersey, Ewing Township, the same year he was hired as a health and physical education teacher at Freehold Borough. He received a master’s degree in education from TCNJ in 2007, according to the district’s website.

According to district administrators, Dougherty worked in Freehold Borough for 43 years, including 10 years as principal of Freehold Intermediate School. Significant additions and renovations were completed at the school during her tenure as headmistress.

In recognition of Dougherty’s service, council members passed a resolution naming the new classroom wing that was created during the renovation and addition project in Dougherty’s honor.

The class wing that was named for Dougherty is commonly referred to as the ’70s Class Numbers Wing, according to district administrators.

Borough council also passed a resolution honoring Dougherty upon his retirement.

“Ronnie Dougherty has and rightfully deserves this public recognition from friends, family and colleagues who deeply appreciate his many contributions to the community over the years,” the board members wrote in the statement. resolution.

Freehold Borough has three schools: Freehold Learning Center Primary School on Dutch Lane Road; and Park Avenue Elementary School and Freehold Intermediate School, which share a campus on Park Avenue. There are approximately 1,590 children enrolled in schools in the district.