Shoreham picks Ross to lead elemenatery school

SHOREHAM — James Ross, a longtime physical education teacher in Ridgewood Public Schools in Ridgewood, N.J., will lead the Shoreham Elementary School for at least the next year.
Shoreham school directors offered the job to Ross after interviewing him and another finalist, Geoffrey Lawrence, on July 18. His hiring became official on Thursday after Addison Central Supervisory Union administrators confirmed that he had signed off on the appointment.
Ross succeeds former Shoreham Elementary School Principal Heather Best, who resigned in June after six years in order to accept a teaching position at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon. That sent Shoreham school directors looking for an interim administrator to serve the coming academic year, during which officials plan to mount a search for a permanent hire. School leaders said Ross will be able to a reapply for the job, which he confirmed he has every intention of doing.
 “We are excited to have Mr. Ross join Shoreham Elementary,” Shoreham school board member Deedee Flagg said. “He is known for his professionalism, knowledge, organization, work ethic, energy and enthusiasm. He is a proven leader who will enhance the quality of education provided at Shoreham Elementary, and we will all benefit from his incredible warmth, passion and commitment.”
A resume provided by the ACSU indicates Ross earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1983. He earned a master’s degree in that same discipline from Springfield College in 1992. Ross earned a certificate in educational leadership from Long Island University in Orangeburg, N.Y., this past January.
He has taught physical education to grades kindergarten through 5 at the Ridgewood schools for the past 25 years. He taught the same subject at the Cobleskill Public Schools in Cobleskill, N.Y., from 1983 to 1988.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Ross, 52, said of his new job during a phone interview on Thursday. “I would like to be (in Shoreham) for the long term.”
Ross explained that he had been looking to shift his career path to the New England area. He originally hails from New Hampshire.
“The Shoreham position seemed like a great fit,” he said. He enjoyed his interview and visit to Shoreham last week.
“The timing was right for me to move, both personally and professionally.”
Peter Burrows, ACSU superintendent, said he believes Ross has the qualities to be successful as principal of Shoreham Elementary School.
“Jim really impressed all of us with his student-centered approach and passion for education,” he said. “He clearly articulated a vision for Shoreham Elementary School that will support success for all students. Jim will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the Shoreham community, along with an impressive history of leadership in education. We are very excited to welcome Jim to Shoreham Elementary School and look forward to a great year ahead.”
Reporter John Flowers is at johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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