Ronald Ross, the Greenburgh school district’s interim superintendent and a candidate for the permanent post, outlined a broad vision for education Wednesday evening at the first of three community forums spotlighting the three final superintendent candidates. From today’s story in The Journal News:
(Ross) laid out a broad vision for the district, including a greater investment in arts education, instilling strong values in students and restructuring local schools.
But the 38-year educator heaped scorn on the state’s emphasis on standardized testing to gauge student performance and using that data to evaluate teachers and principals.
A good teacher “excited you about learning, they saw some potential in you, they pushed you, they made you think deeper than you would have,” said Ross, who also serves as principal at Woodlands High School. “None of those things are being currently evaluated.”
The two other superintendent finalists — Anthony Cavanna, superintendent of West Orange, N.J., school district and Robert Copeland, superintendent of Piscataway, N.J., Township Schools — will visit the district today and Friday, respectively.
Photo: Ronald Ross talks with students outside Woodlands High School in Greenburgh (Seth Harrison / The Journal News)