Bronxville Union Free School District

Dr. Roy Montesano Appointed Superintendent of Schools

Dear Members of the Bronxville Community:

On behalf of the Board of Education, I am pleased to announce Dr. Roy Montesano has been appointed as next superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017.

The Board of Education engaged the services of School Leadership, LLC in the summer of 2016 to assist with the search. In developing the specifications, School Leadership, on behalf of the Board, met with individuals and groups representing the major stakeholders in the Bronxville School and Village, and conducted an online survey. The Board wishes to thank all of the parents, administrators, faculty and staff, students and other community members for participating in this process. The ideas and thoughts contributed proved invaluable to the Board in its selection of Dr. Montesano.  

Sixty-three candidates applied for consideration. After screenings and interviews, School Leadership interviewed 22 candidates and presented a slate of eight highly qualified individuals to the Board. The Board approved three candidates for further vetting. After Dr. Montesano’s selection, the Board undertook a careful due-diligence process, which included a site visit to Hastings-on-Hudson School District and calls and meetings with references, board members and other stakeholders of the school.

Dr. Montesano emerged as the finalist from the robust field of candidates. With a total of 37 years of experience in public education, he currently serves as the superintendent of Hastings-on-Hudson Union Free School District, where he has been for five years. Prior to that, he served for six years as the superintendent of the Ramsey Public School District in New Jersey, where he was named Superintendent of the Year in the State of New Jersey.

During Dr. Montesano’s tenure at Hastings-on-Hudson, he provided leadership to take the middle school from a Focus School to a Reward School, maintained strong academic results from students who continue to be accepted into the most competitive colleges and universities, increased STEM offerings for students, and developed Makerspaces at the elementary and middle schools. Other accomplishments include successfully passing a bond referendum and implementing both full-day kindergarten and a student-centered, technology-infused classroom instructional philosophy. The Board believes that his depth of experience and enthusiasm as an educator will continue to advance the Bronxville School tradition of academic excellence.

We believe Dr. Montesano’s extensive experience, leadership, vision and demeanor match well with the specifications developed in the district meetings, community outreach and the online survey. He has impressed us with his knowledge and passion for educational leadership, his concern for the nurturing of each teacher and student, and his vast experience in the financial realm and other areas vital to the superintendent’s role.

Dr. Montesano will work with Dr. Quattrone to ensure the district maintains continuity in all its initiatives. Prior to his start, the Board of Education will organize a time for members of our community to meet our new superintendent. We will update you when the details become available.

The Board looks forward to this next chapter in our history and starting the collaborative relationship between Dr. Montesano and the Bronxville School Community.

Jeffrey Rohr, Bronxville Board of Education President