East Ramapo Board of Education Announces Appointment of New Interim Superintendent
Dr. Ray Giamartino, Jr. Brings 30 Years of Educational Leadership, Commitment to Classroom Rigor, Innovative Thinking
(SPRING VALLEY, NY) -- It is with great enthusiasm that the East Ramapo Central School District Board of Education announces the appointment of Dr. Ray Giamartino, Jr. as Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2020-21 academic year. The appointment was made during the September 1 regular Board meeting.
"We are pleased beyond measure to welcome Dr. Giamartino to East Ramapo," said Board of Education President Harry Grossman. "His range of knowledge, public service and accomplishments across education sectors and throughout his career is nothing short of remarkable. Ray is uniquely positioned to make an immediate impact - building on East Ramapo's momentum and advancing our mission to educate the whole child by providing a healthy, safe, supportive, engaging and challenging learning environment."
Since 2013, Giamartino has been a member of the Administrative Cabinet at the Rochester City School District, where he served as Chief Accountability Officer and Chief of School Transformation. His leadership was integral in increasing K-12 graduation rates in Rochester schools.
Prior to 2013, Dr. Giamartino served as Superintendent of the East Rochester Union Free School District, Chief of Schools (Northeast Zone) in the Rochester City School District, Director of Student Performance in Churchville-Chili Central Schools and Principal of Parkland-Brookside Elementary School in the Greece Central School District.
Dr. Giamartino’s professional journey as an educator began as an elementary and middle school teacher (including History, Social Studies and Italian) in Syracuse and Honeoye, New York.
Giamartino received his Bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College; a Master of Science in Education degree from Syracuse University; a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Rochester.
Employment terms for Dr. Giamartino include a one-year contract with a base salary of $235,000, which is comparable to other superintendent salaries in the Lower Hudson Valley. The District is undergoing a search for a full-time superintendent via a search consultant.
Giamartino succeeds Superintendent Dr. Deborah L. Wortham, who recently accepted the position of Superintendent of Schools at the Roosevelt Union Free School District in Nassau County.
Said Giamartino, "I am excited to join East Ramapo and I look forward to advocating for and collaborating with our community - our parents, students, Board of Education, faculty, staff and administrative teams - to work in tandem to challenge and support our students at the highest levels.”
Dr. Giamartino will begin his transition immediately and will officially assume leadership of the District on September 8, 2020.
"These are unprecedented times - not only in our nation, but in the field of education - and, it is essential that we band together to ensure that we maintain equitable access to the best programs and services available to each and every one of our learners," said Giamartino.
Dr. Giamartino's deep experience in school and district turnaround during the past two decades includes the use of data as a driver to achieve goals. He believes that schools best meet student needs by drawing from current successes, enabling educators to meet students’ holistic needs, while engaging community voice to support decisions. "Understanding the realities of our challenges, we must maintain positive momentum and continue to draw from and foster the strengths of our school community: a positive trending graduation rate, a laser-like focus on social-emotional learning and the unyielding supports provided by our exceptionally strong faculty, staff and administrative teams that will build upon the successes of our learners and community," said Giamartino.