Closter Public Schools

Closter Public Schools serves approximately 1200 students in prekindergarten through the eighth grade. Located in beautiful Bergen County, New Jersey, we enjoy the benefits of a quiet, family-friendly small town with all the amenities afforded by nearby New York City. From outstanding staff to innovative technological initiatives to family involvement at every level, we’re sure you’ll love being part of the Closter Public School community.

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Closter Community,

Hello! My name is Vincent McHale, and I am honored to be the new superintendent of Closter Public Schools!

Since April, I have had the opportunity to visit Hillside Elementary School and Tenakill Middle School on various occasions. I have been impressed by the caring, supportive, and challenging educational environment in both schools. I am grateful for the time given to me by the board of education trustees and school administrators to have conversations about my transition into the district. I especially thank Ms. Newberry who has worked diligently to make Closter Public Schools world-class and for assisting in my transition. I wish her the very best in her retirement. 

I come to Closter from Teaneck Public Schools where I served for twenty-three years as an elementary and middle school teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. While there I also served as acting superintendent for two school years.  

I am excited to work with you to continue the excellence for which Closter is well-known. I plan to spend my first few months getting to know you and inviting you to share with me the values, norms, and goals of this community. I invite you to provide your feedback through an online survey. Using the information, together we will develop a plan to build on our strengths and address any areas in need of improvement.

For now, I wish you a relaxing summer. I look forward to meeting and working with you as we share a concern for each child and a commitment to excellence.


Vincent McHale

Vincent McHale
Superintendent of Schools
(201) 768.3001