GREENBURGH, N.Y. Woodlands High School Principal Ronald Ross was named Greenburgh Central 7's new interim superintendent, the school board announced Thursday.
Last week, the board voided the contract of Dr. Sidney Freund , who was selected for the interim superintendent position in November. The board then selected Dr. Susan Sciascia, GC7's assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel, as acting superintendent until another interim could be chosen. The district's last superintendent, Dr. Ronald Smalls, retired in December 2011.
"It wasn't a difficult decision [to choose Ron Ross] because his experience speaks for itself," said Terry Williams, GC7's school board president. "The reason why we selected him was because the same traits we saw in him as a principal, we saw in him as a superintendent."
Ross' first day as interim superintendent was Wednesday, Jan. 11. He will remain in that position until June 30, when a permanent superintendent is expected to resume tenure. Ross will also continue his work as Woodlands High School's principal, which he began in 2009.
"We are confident that Ron [Ross] will lead us in our efforts to attain excellence in education in our schools," said Williams. "Ron knows the district, he is an advocate for our children and education, and he has done an excellent job leading the high school."
According to Williams, the school board approached Ross years back about becoming a superintendent should Smalls decide to retire. Ross reportedly said that he was interested, but would prefer to stay on as principal.
The consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates is currently assisting the Greenburgh school board in finding a suitable permanent replacement for Smalls. The board met with their consultant, Dr. Marvin Edwards, in early January and "things are progressing greatly," said Williams. The board of education is currently planning two community forums focused on the superintendent search.
Not a stranger to the superintendent's position, Ross served in that capacity in Mount Vernon from 1998 to 2002. Before that, he was a principal at Hempstead High from 1996 to 1998, and has 30 years' worth of experience in education.
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