SECAUCUS -- The Secaucus Board of Education last night appointed Dr. Robert Berckes as principal of Secaucus High School. Berckes will replace outgoing principal, Deidre Ertle, who will retire from the position on Sept. 20.
Berckes was one of three finalists interviewed Tuesday night by board members.
In 2006, Berckes ran for the 3rd Ward Town Council seat on the Independent Take Back Secaucus slate alongside 1st Ward candidate Gary Jeffas and 2nd Ward candidate Michael Gonnelli. Jeffas and Gonnelli won their races against incumbent Democratic candidates and joined the council in 2007. Berckes was, however, defeated by incumbent 3rd Ward Councilman John Shinnick.
The Board of Education office is scheduled to release a full bio on Berckes later this afternoon. - E. Assata Wright