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East Ramapo Board of Education Announces Appointment of New Superintendent

Spring Valley, NY - The East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education today announced the appointment of Clarence G. Ellis, Ed. D. as the next Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2021. The unanimous appointment was made during the Board’s regular April 13 meeting.

“Throughout his career in public education, Dr. Ellis has developed and implemented unique initiatives to enhance student success and academic outcomes in multifaceted populations,” said Board President Yehuda Weissmandl. “He is a proven education leader with a demonstrated history of innovation leading to greater opportunity and success for all learners."

The selection of Dr. Ellis is the result of a national search conducted with the assistance of School Leadership, LLC which yielded 40 applicants from diverse backgrounds and career paths.

Said Weissmandl, “Dr. Ellis has a proven track record of driving academic excellence, supported by his passion for enhancing school climate. His well-charted background at the New York City Department of Education, along with his collaborative approach, make him well prepared to lead the East Ramapo Central School District into the future.”

Since 2014, Dr. Ellis has served as Superintendent of District 17 of the New York City Department of Education, where he has supported more than 15,000 students in 32 schools from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. He began his tenure as an educator as a Grade 6 teacher, and after 11 years, transitioned into several challenging roles which have shaped his educational leadership.

Ellis completed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership from Esteves School of Education, Sage Colleges of Albany, and received his Advanced Certificate for Administration and Supervision from Brooklyn College, School of Education. In all, he holds 10 Professional Certifications. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Brooklyn College, School of Education, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Economics from Long Island University, School of Business and Public Administration.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position,” said Dr. Ellis.  “I am grateful to serve in this capacity. I am committed to the students, and will work collaboratively to continue moving East Ramapo Central School District in a positive direction and improving the educational outcomes for all.”

Employment terms for Dr. Ellis include a three-year contract with a base salary of $263,000 which is comparable to similar size districts.

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Clarence Ellis, Ed.D.

Clarence Ellis, Ed.D.