Changing of the guard for Brick schools chief

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Dennis Filippone spoke at the Brick Township High School .graduation June 20. He is ending his one-year tenure as acting superintendent for the Brick Public Schools. PHOTO BY MARK SULLIVAN

Brick Township — Despite being in the top spot at the district for only a year, the tenure of Dennis Filippone has brought substantial changes to the Brick Public Schools at a time of security threats, a looming budget crisis and a shift in educational policies.

“Do I think I had a successful year? I do. We got through some really tough stuff,” said Mr. Filippone, who was appointed acting superintendent last year. He previously spent 40 years in the district.

“We started the year with a fire in one of our buildings, we had a fight at the opening football game which we had to work all year to fix and we had a lot of turmoil with the budget up until now trying to fight this new bill that will crush our district. “I think it was a year we could be proud of,” said Mr. Filippone, who will continue as the district director of planning.

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