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.