EBPAC Name Change
The East Brunswick Board of Education has bestowed this prestigious recognition to Dr. Jo Ann Magistro who had a significant part in the building of the East Brunswick Performing Arts Center (EBPAC). This designation honors Dr. Magistro’s outstanding forty-two year career in East Brunswick Public Schools and her passion, love and dedication to the students and staff.
After forty-two years, several administrative positions, and a wealth of accomplishments, Dr. Magistro retired as Superintendent of East Brunswick Public Schools at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Dr. Magistro was the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Activities, Building Administrator at the elementary and secondary levels, Department Chair of the Guidance Department, and Guidance Counselor. She became the district’s first female Superintendent in 2003.
When the plan for the new Hammarskjold Middle School was being developed, Dr. Magistro expressed her desire to have a state-of-the art performance venue included that would benefit both the students and the community. The East Brunswick Performing Arts Center is a 1,000 seat, state of the art theater featuring a full array of programmable standard and robotic lighting, a sound system including listener assistive devices, three screen data projection, an electronic fly system, and an immense stage area with attached dressing rooms and storage facilities.The dedication ceremony to commemorate the event took place on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Hammarskjold Middle School Speakers for the evening included Dr. Victor Valeski, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Brad Cohen, Board of Education President, Mr. Jeffrey Lesser, former Arts Supervisor, and Dr. Jo Ann Magistro. Student performances highlighted this eventful evening. A reception immediately followed the dedication ceremony. Many members from the East Brunswick Public School Community attended.