“The East Ramapo school board has appointed an interim superintendent to step in when Deborah Wortham leaves in October to head up the Roosevelt school district on Long Island.
Raymond Giamartino, most recently a top administrator for the Rochester City Schools, was chosen as interim superintendent for the 2020-2021 school year. His appointment was announced at the tail end of an Aug. 18 school board meeting via Zoom.
Information about Giamartino’s pay or other contract details were not available on Friday. He is expected to join the district by Oct. 1, which is Wortham’s last day.
According to the New York State Education Department’s school administrator salary disclosure database, the East Ramapo superintendent salary was listed as $250,000 for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year.
Giamartino served until June as Rochester City Schools’ chief accountability officer; before that, he was chief of school transformation. In both roles, Giamartino worked on efforts to turn around struggling schools in the district. Rochester’s graduation rate for the Class of 2019 was 63%, much lower than the state average of 83%, but a marked improvement over past years.
One technique credited for the turnaround: Granting local diplomas to students who missed Regents diploma criteria and might otherwise drop out.
“You want to make sure you’re looking at every graduation pathway for a student,” Giamartino told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle in an August 2019 interview. “The latitude the state has provided in terms of pathways has … resulted in more students being afforded the opportunity to take advantage of alternate pathways, including that local diploma appeal.”
State requirements for a local diploma are less stringent than for a Regents diploma.”
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