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Catskill schools pick Barrow as new superintendent

Jan 13, 2023 12:47 pm

The Catskill Central School District Board of Education selected Melissa A. Barrow to be its next superintendent of schools at its meeting on January 11. Barrow takes over on February 12. “I am honored and excited to be selected as the next superintendent of the Catskill Central School District. I look forward to working with the Board, staff, and families to continue to build upon the strengths of the District while creating new opportunities for student success,” said Barrow. She was most recently assistant superintendent of student programs, assessment, and evaluation in the East Ramapo Central School District in Rockland County. Before that, Barrow was an instructional supervisor, then director. She boasts of increasing the graduation rate there of English language learners by 26 percent and recently established a High School Newcomer Academy to support new students as they transition to high school. Board President Deborah Johnson said, “Melissa Barrow stood out among a strong pool of candidates. Her skills, experiences, and enthusiasm make her the right person to lead Catskill CSD. The Board looks forward to working with Melissa.” Twelve parents, staff, and community members assisted the Board in interviewing four semi-finalists for the job.

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