A 31-year-old Bordentown vice principal has been hired as the new principal of the Markham Place School in Little Silver, today’s Press reports.

Dennis Morolda, who starts in the $108,000-a-year job on Friday, succeeds Don Merce, who was killed in a car accident in Oceanport in May.

From the report:

“One of my strengths, in my opinion, is being a motivational leader and building a community in a school, and I felt like I was able to do that in Bordentown,” Morolda said. “I figured that with the situation such that occurred in Little Silver, I would be a good person to come in and build the school back up from such a terrible situation.”

Schools superintendent Carolyn Kossack tells the newspaper that Morolda was selected from among nearly 100 applicants for the job.

“He has been inquiring about some of the things that were traditions for Mr. Merce . . . so that he can do his best to make the school his own but also maintain continuity for the children and the school community as well,” she said.

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