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Rondout Valley Central School District Appoints Dr. Paul Spadaro as New Superintendent of Schools

During its March 19 meeting, the Rondout Valley Central School District Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Paul Spadaro, Ph.D. as the District’s new superintendent of schools. He will replace Joseph Morgan, Ed.D., who is retiring this summer after six years at the helm of the District. 

The board is impressed with Dr. Spadaro's curriculum experience and his impact on academic gains within his current school district noted Rondout Valley Board of Education President Chris Schoonmaker. “Dr. Spadaro was an instrumental part of academic growth over the last few years, showing significant gains in both Math and English Language Arts performance, and we are excited to have his expertise and capabilities here at Rondout.”

Dr. Spadaro’s appointment concludes a six-month nation-wide superintendent search process that was led by the recruitment firm McPherson and Jacobson. The comprehensive process involved soliciting feedback through meetings with various District stakeholders, including High School students, members of the Rondout Valley Education Foundation, custodial and maintenance department staff, representatives from the teachers union, managerial staff, and the admin unit. The consultants also hosted a community forum to collect input from the public on the qualities they would like to see in a new superintendent. 

Dr. Spadaro is looking forward to starting his next chapter at Rondout Valley. He believes his experience with a small school district with a connected community will foster a smooth transition. “It’s all about creating connections, and building them early on, because if we have that in Rondout Valley, then we’re going to have a premier District,” he said. 

Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, Dr. Spadaro is a veteran teacher and school administrator with more than 20 years of experience in education. He is coming to Rondout Valley from Greenwood School District 52 in South Carolina, where he has served as an assistant superintendent since 2020. Prior to that, he held assistant principal and principal positions at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School, St. James Middle School, and Forestbrook Middle School. 

“Education runs in my family in New York, with many of my relatives working in Dutchess County Schools,” shared Dr. Spadaro. “I look forward to being closer to my immediate family upon my return to the Hudson Valley.” 

Dr. Spadaro’s early classroom experience includes teaching health, science, and physical education. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Coastal Carolina University Conway, a Master of Education in Instructional Accommodations from Francis Marion University, and a Master of Educational Administration from Cambridge College University. He also earned a Specialist in Educational Leadership degree and a Doctor of Philosophy from Coastal Carolina University. 

Dr. Spadaro is passionate about public education. “Student success is about perseverance and persistence from the entire school community and giving students opportunities to discover their paths towards being the most successful version of themselves,” he said. “There is an ‘answer’ for every child, and I look forward to working with the faculty and staff at Rondout Valley to find those answers for our children.” 

Schoonmaker shared that the Board of Education was very impressed with Dr. Spadaro’s approach to success. “His entry plan for Rondout Valley was thorough and impressive. He is interested in not only getting to know the staff and students, but also the community at large. He proposed a phased entry plan that will allow him to build positive relationships and foster collaborations with all stakeholders in order to identify strengths and opportunities. The Board finds it critical for a superintendent to be embedded in the community in order to be successful, and we can already see that Dr. Spadaro will be doing just that.” 

At the forefront of Dr. Spadaro’s excitement about coming to Rondout Valley is the prospect of working closely with all District stakeholders. “The District has been run effectively, and I am excited to come in with an instructional mindset to help support high-quality teaching and learning,” he shared. “It will take a collaborative effort, and I plan to build bridges early on to reach the organizational goals set forth by the Board of Education.” 

Dr. Spadaro said he is also looking forward to getting to know faculty and staff on both a personal and professional level. “I think it's important to know people’s career goals,” he said. “It's all about leaders growing future leaders, and I want to help maximize people’s talents so we build human capital across our school system.”

Dr. Spadaro has been married for 17 years and has two children, a son who will be a senior next year and a daughter who will attend Rondout Valley Junior High School in the fall. “I think it’s important to have my child attend the District I serve so I can see items through not only the lens of a superintendent, but also as a parent and community member,” he expressed. 

“I want to thank the Board of Education for selecting me for this leadership opportunity. I look forward to being a part of the tight-knit community of Rondout Valley because it is a great place to raise a family,” said Dr. Spadaro.  

Dr. Spadaro will assume his new role on July 1, 2024 with a three-year contract.