The Greenburgh school district has chosen Ronald Ross as its next superintendent, saying the education veteran’s “broad experience” will best serve the district and its students.
Ross, who has served as the Greenburgh school district’s interim superintendent since January, signed a letter of intent today notifying him that he is the Board of Education’s preferred candidate. He and the board will negotiate a contract in the coming weeks and it will be voted on in June, said Terry Williams, the school board president.
“He brings a passion for education, he brings a passion for children,” Williams said this afternoon. “We all are always struck by his passion in providing the best education for our children.”
Ross, 67, is also the principal of Woodlands High School and has served there for about three years. He has previously worked as superintendent in Mount Vernon and on Roosevelt, Long Island, a state-run school district that faced financial difficulties but where he is credited with making improvements.
Ross said he would work to bring people in the community together, but did not identify any policy or personnel decisions he planned to make.
“Even in this time of budget cuts and standardized testing, we don’t forget the ultimate reason of why we send kids to school: to build character and a love of learning,” Ross said. “I’m going to try over the next few years to make sure we keep our eyes on the prize, to put the best possible teachers in front of the kids.”
The school board will meet in executive session tomorrow to discuss Ross’ contract, Williams said.
Ross beat out two candidates from New Jersey: Anthony Cavanna, superintendent of of West Orange schools and Robert Copeland, superintendent of Piscataway Township Schools. All three men spoke in separate public forums last week.