At a special meeting tonight, the Greenwich Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Eastern Middle School (EMS) Principal Mr. Ralph F. Mayo as Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective July 28, 2018. Board of Education Chair Peter Bernstein said, "I am pleased that Ralph Mayo will continue to help drive the forward progress in the district in line with our Strategic Plan while we continue our permanent search. His background as a product of the Greenwich Public Schools and a leader in our community will aid him in the continued work to promote student growth."
A Greenwich High School graduate, Mr. Mayo has been an educator with the Greenwich Public Schools for forty-one years. He has been an administrator for twenty-six years, as Program Administrator for special education and as Clark Housemaster at Greenwich High School (GHS), and, for the last fourteen years, as Principal of EMS, one of the highest performing middle schools in Connecticut. As evidenced by a lifetime of living and working in the community, Mr. Mayo knows Greenwich very well. He intimately understands the District's vision for personalized learning having participated in the foundational initiative to implement a Digital Learning Environment (DLE) as a member of the District-wide DLE Steering Committee and as a building leader. He has a demonstrated track record of advocating for and supporting his colleagues, staff, families and, most importantly, students.
Mr. Mayo shared, "It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Interim Superintendent in the town I grew up in, and for the schools I attended (Byram School, (then) Western Junior High School, and Greenwich High School), my children attended, and to which I have dedicated my career in education. We have an excellent vision for the future of the Greenwich Public Schools in place, and I look forward to continuing this valuable work as outlined in our Strategic Plan."
Also at tonight's meeting, the Board acted to terminate, by mutual consent, the contract with current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea. The Board authorized the chair to come to a mutually agreeable date for Dr. Gildea's departure, which will include transition support time with Mr. Mayo. In addition, she has agreed to continue to be available after the conclusion of her contract to support the transition throughout the summer and into the next school year.
BOE Superintendent Search Committee Chair Kathleen Stowe said, "We were very impressed by the quality of the candidates that came forward for the position, and we feel Ralph's extensive knowledge of and dedication to the Greenwich Public Schools will serve him well in this job. We look forward to continuing the process to find a permanent Superintendent."
Mr. Mayo will be working with administration to appoint an interim leader for Eastern Middle School, to be announced shortly.
Bio Brief: Ralph Mayo
Ralph Mayo has educated students and provided leadership in the Greenwich Public Schools for forty-one years. In 1976, he began his career in education at Greenwich High School as a teacher's aide, and then became an English teacher in 1980. After holding a number of leadership roles at GHS, including as senior teacher and learning facilitator, as well as a summer school administrator, Mr. Mayo was named Program Administrator for Special Education at GHS, followed by Housemaster for Greenwich High School's Clark House. As teacher and administrator at GHS for twenty-four years, Mr. Mayo was involved in long range planning for growing enrollment, multiple NEASC reviews, served on building committees, provided interim leadership as Headmaster, Guidance Coordinator and Athletic Director, and supported countless initiatives and projects for the betterment of the student learning experience and the work environment for staff.
As a building principal and in recent years, Mr. Mayo was instrumental in the District's Digital Learning Environment (DLE) initiative as a member of the District DLE Steering Committee. He provided valuable perspectives and leadership in implementing the one-to-one device program, and supporting a change in teacher practice in accessing technological resources and using data to drive instructional decisions. A consistent voice in supporting the District's Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning (TEPL) plan, Mr. Mayo co-chaired the TEPL II Committee and coordinated the school-wide staff development program at Greenwich High School. He has been working with his colleagues across the District Middle Level Review, and will continue to support the re-visioning of secondary education in the District.
Mr. Mayo has been an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College since 2014, teaching future school leaders. His leadership roles also include having served on numerous Boards of Directors, including for the Connecticut Association of Schools, the New England League of Middle Schools, Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, and the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association.
Mr. Mayo received a bachelor of education degree in secondary education - English from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT; a master of arts degree in special education and a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT; and completed the NEAG School of Education's executive leadership program at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.