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Glen Rock Central School Principal Departing

Andrew Matteo leaving Glen Rock to lead the Ramsey elementary school he attended in his youth

Principal Andrew Matteo will be taking over as the principal of Dater Elementary School in Ramsey effective July 1, according to the Glen Rock School District. 

"He grew up in Ramsey and this is the elementary school he attended as a young child," said Andrea Tahinos, the district's Director of Communications. "It's a good career move for Mr. Matteo and unfortunately is Glen Rock's loss."

Matteo entered the Glen Rock district in 2003, working as third and fourth grade elementary school teacher at before jumping to Central School, where he taught second grade. Matteo was appointed principal in summer of 2010.

The departing principal has also been active in other capacities within the school district, notably serving as the high school boys soccer coach.

As far as what happens next, Glen Rock will follow its normal procedure in hiring a replacement, Tahinos said.

An internal search committee – consisting of staff members, HSA members and administrators – will get the ball rolling. The position will be advertised for as well, she noted.

"Ultimately, if all the planets align it would be terrific to put that person into position by the end of our fiscal year," Tahinos remarked, adding it would be more realistic an internal candidate took over in the summer before a new person came aboard.

It's the second announced departure from the ranks of the administration in the last month. announced his retirement a few weeks prior. 

James Kleimann March 27, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Typo fixed.
Bo March 28, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Mr. Matteo was our sons 5th grade teacher in Coleman. He was an excellent teacher and a good man. Glen Rocks loss is very much Ramsey's gain. Good Luck Mr. Matteo!
John Hahn March 28, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Is there a problem at Central? The principal position seems to be a revolving door. It seems every few years that position has to be refilled. I do not hear of the other elementary schools changing school leadership as often. Perhaps Mrs. Fahey should run the school. She has seen the principals come & go. Yet she is there as a keeper of the Central School flame. Does changing Principals so often hurt the students or get them ready for the real world of constant change?
Elizabeth Cox March 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Mrs. Fahey is fantastic! what a great idea John! Love it! as for the kids, i think it is a bit of both. but in K-5 do they need to get ready that quick? i feel that's a big problem today- kids don't get to be just kids anymore. it's a sad day for Central School!
James Kleimann March 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Could it just be coincidence the position seems to be "a revolving door"? I haven't heard any complaints or issues specific to the school.
Beatrice Flores May 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Central is probably the best elementary school in GR...perhaps the pressure of dealing with a narcissictic superintendent had something to do with it????

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