Glassboro Intermediate School Gymnasium
Joseph A. Brigandi Sr.
More than 100 of Joe Brigandi, Sr.’s family, friends and neighbors were present Wednesday evening, October 18 as the Glassboro Intermediate School dedicates its gymnasium in his name. A host of regional politicians were on hand to present resolutions to Brigandi and the school. The ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m. just prior to the regular meeting of the Board of Education. Among the attendees were Glassboro Mayor Leo J. McCabe, State Senator Fred Madden, Assemblyman David Mayer, and several representatives of the Gloucester County Freeholders Office, including Freeholder Joe Brigandi, Jr. “I am grateful and humbled by this honor,” Brigandi said upon learning of the dedication earlier this year. “I am a believer in the teachers and administration in Glassboro, and we have a great Board of Education. I am still active in the schools and will always be active as long as I live.” The Glassboro Board of Education will honor Brigandi for his service to the district as a retired Board of Education member. A lifelong Glassboro resident, Brigandi owned and operated Joe’s Sub Shop for more than 40 years. He served on the Board of Education for 24 years from 1972 until 1996, including 19 years as Vice President, four years as President and 23 years as Negotiating Committee Chair. During his tenure, he played an integral role in securing $30 million worth of bond issues for school renovations. Brigandi is now retired from the Board of Education, but continues to serve Glassboro Schools with steadfast loyalty as a Key Communicator and Co-Chair of the State of the Community/Strategic Planning Committee. He also serves as chair of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority. During the summer, the Glassboro Board of Education accepted a recommendation by the ad hoc Facilities Naming Committee to name the gymnasium at Glassboro Intermediate School for Brigandi. They also accepted a recommendation to name the library/media center at the Dorothy L. Bullock Elementary School for retired Academy Street School Principal Gloria Lisa. A separate ceremony honoring Lisa is set to take place Wednesday, November 29. “We are honored to accept the recommendations of the Facilities Naming Committee to recognize Mr. Brigandi and Mrs. Lisa for their work on behalf of our children and this community,” said BOE President Linda Emory, adding that she was a student at the Academy Street School under Principal Lisa and that she has had the privilege of working with Brigandi for many years. “When Joe was a student, the Intermediate School building was the high school. Now he is a member of our Athletic Hall of Fame, and the gym he competed in will be appropriately named in his honor,” said Emory.