Ossining Chooses from Within for New Schools Superintendent

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After receiving applications from 10 states and closely considering 32 candidates, the Ossining Board of Education decided the best person to serve as the district’s next superintendent of schools was someone very familiar to them.

On Tuesday night, the board is scheduled to officially lift the interim superintendent tag from Raymond Sanchez and appoint him permanently at an annual salary of $232,000. Meanwhile, based on a suggestion from Sanchez, the deputy superintendent slot will not be filled.

“Words can’t describe how grateful and excited I am to be taking on this role,” Sanchez said. “There is so much to be proud in the Ossining schools. I hope to build on our many successes and take our district from great to greater.”

Sanchez has held numerous positions during his career in the district, 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.

Board members and school staff were impressed with Sanchez during his stint as interim superintendent of schools the last few months.

“Despite being an internal candidate, Ray demonstrated during the search process that he has new ideas on how to continue to improve our schools amid the current fiscal climate,” said School Trustee Graig Galef.

“I think Ray is an excellent choice for the entire district,” said Ossining High School Principal Josh Mandel. “He has shown that he understands the students and families in Ossining very well. He is a conscientious worker and will work on behalf of all the constituencies in the district.”


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