The superintendent of the Greenburgh school district has announced plans to retire at the end of this year.
Ronald Smalls, who has led the district since Jan. 2008, will step down effective Dec. 31. Smalls declined to comment this afternoon and it could not be determined what prompted his decision or what his future plans are. The school board renewed his contract in December.
In a note on the district’s website he outlined many of the district’s accomplishments — including improvements in elementary reading programs, the increased use of technology and more Advanced Placement courses at Woodlands High School — but cautioned that many challenges remain.
“After careful thought and heartfelt deliberation, I have informed the Board of Education of my intent to retire effective December 31, 2011,” Smalls wrote. “I have been privileged to serve the students, families and community of Greenburgh Central School District No. 7.”
“While we have come a long way, many challenges still exist,” Smalls continued. “I feel confident that you will come together for the promise of our children’s future and the promise that is public education.”
“We thank Ron for his hard work to improve the education standards of our district,” newly elected board president Terry Williams said in a statement. “His number one priority has always been the children of Greenburgh 7. He treated our kids like they were his kids.”
Williams said the board will be “transparent” and “thorough” as it begins the search for Smalls’ replacement.
Smalls’ resignation is the second from the area in the past week. The Irvington Board of Education announced last week that superintendent Kathleen Matusiak will resign next month.