OSSINING, N.Y. – The Ossining School District’s interim Superintendent Raymond Sanchez can finally remove interim from his title.
The Ossining School District announced Sanchez as the district’s next superintendent of schools Wednesday after a months’ long search that drew applicants from 10 states.
Sanchez takes over for former superintendent Dr. Phyllis Glassman, who retired in mid-January. When Glassman announced she was retiring, Sanchez acknowledged that the next superintendent would have some big shoes to fill. After learning he would be the one filling those shoes, Sanchez said Wednesday he was excited for the opportunity.
“I don’t want to just do this job right and continue the good. I want to do it great and continue it beyond greatness,” Sanchez told The Daily Voice. “We have a great district. My aspiration is to go from great to greater. That means making sure our programs are innovative and that they meet the needs of our students.”
In the time since Glassman’s departure, the district held community meetings and an online survey through search consultant Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES to assist in the superintendent search.
After hearing from hundreds of community members, the search consultant narrowed the field of 32 applicants to five candidates in late January. The Board of Education then interviewed the five candidates and helped narrow the list to three finalists. Those finalists were then interviewed by the district’s 20-member search committee, comprising community members, staff members and student representatives.
Board of Education President Bill Kress said that process helped make sure they would find the right candidate.
“The board wanted to conduct a thorough search to ensure that we were getting the best person for the job,” Kress said in a news release. “Through that process, Mr. Sanchez rose to the top. We’re confident that he has the skills, the experience and the vision our district needs to achieve even greater success.”
The selection also won the approval of PTA Council co-president Beth Sniffen.
“I was happy with the selection of Mr. Sanchez as our next superintendent,” said Sniffen, also a member of the search committee, in a news release. “He knows our district. He is devoted to giving our kids the best possible education and he has reached out to the community in a way that has been positive and inclusive. He truly was the best candidate.”
During his tenure in Ossining, Sanchez has held several positions including fourth-grade teacher, English as a Second Language supervisor, assistant principal, supervisor for English Language Arts and funded programs, assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in reading from Long Island University, a certificate of advanced study in education administration from Columbia University, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership administration and policy at Fordham University, according to a release.
Sanchez’s annual salary will be $232,000 for the length of his initial contract. At Sanchez’s suggestion, the Board of Education decided not to fill the deputy superintendent position.