Last year, current Superintendent David Quattrone announced his intention to retire at the end of the academic year, prompting the Board of Education to launch a lengthy search for his successor, which landed on Montesano, who will leave the same position in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Montesano officially takes over in Bronxville effective as of July 1. He comes to Bronxville with nearly four decades of experience in public education, having previously served as the superintendent of the Hastings-on-Hudson School District for five years and as superintendent of the Ramsey Public School District in New Jersey, where he was honored as Superintendent of the Year for the entire state.
“I very much want to get to know the community and the school,” Dr. Montesano said. “Bronxville is a very successful school district and has a forward-looking strategic plan built around the pillars of the Bronxville Promise. It is my desire to enhance and expand upon the Bronxville Promise ensuring that all students are fully prepared for their future. My goals have always been focused around having all students find themselves and their passions and to have them leave the K-12 experience ready to pursue their dreams and make positive contributions to the world around them.”
According to Quattrone, who completed his 25th year as a school superintendent last year, the district's administration “believes that the plan in place is in the best interest of the students, faculty, leadership team and the educational program.”
Last summer, the district hired School Leadership LLC as search consultants, who conferred with the community and Board to determine what characteristics are most important in a principal. Following several rounds of interviews with several candidates, the Board settled on Montesano as Quattrone’s ideal successor.
In total, 63 candidates applied for consideration. School Leadership interviewed 22 candidates and narrowed that field to eight, who were presented to the Board. The Board then approved three of the finalists for further vetting, including on-site visits, calls and meetings with references, with Montesano emerging as the top candidate.
During his time in Hastings-on-Hudson, Montesano “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,” the Board noted.
“We believe Roy’s extensive experience, leadership, vision and demeanor match well with the specifications developed int he district meetings, community outreach and the online survey ,” Board President Jeffrey Rohr said when announcing the hiring. “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.”