Marlboro appoints new principal


MARLBORO — The Marlboro Central School District (BOE) School Board has appointed Michael Rydell as the district’s Superintendent of Schools. He will replace Michael Brooks, who is retiring this summer.

The appointment was made at a July 6 Council meeting.

Orange-Ulster BOCES and the BOE spent almost three months searching for a new superintendent. The process, which sought input from various school district stakeholders, included a community survey; parent, teacher and student forums; and an interview committee made up of local volunteers.

“Mr. Rydell is an experienced superintendent who has remained at the top of our list of candidates throughout the many rounds of intensive interviews that have taken place over the past several weeks,” said board member John Cantone. , who served as chairman of the board during the search, “We are pleased that he has accepted this new position.”

Rydell is a seasoned educator and school leader with over 20 years of experience. He comes to Marlboro from the Port Jervis City School District, where he served as assistant superintendent for instruction before becoming district superintendent in 2018. Previously, he held assistant principal and principal positions at the Wallkill Senior High School and Ellenville High School.

His early classroom experiences include teaching high school biology, first at Washingtonville High School for three years, then at Orange-Ulster BOCES for one year, and most recently at Wallkill Senior High School for three years.

Rydell holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Albany and a master’s degree in secondary education and educational administration from Mercy College. He has also obtained certifications in the fields of school administrator/supervisor; school district leader; and Biology, 7-12. He will take up his new duties on September 1.

“Mr. Rydell will work closely with Mr. Brooks this summer to ensure a smooth transition and be ready to begin the 2022-2023 school year,” Cantone said. “Please join us in welcoming him to our county!”

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