It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I begin working as the Superintendent of Camden Central School District. I want to thank the Camden Board of Education and everyone involved in the Superintendent search who contributed to my selection as Superintendent. In many ways, I believe every stage of my 27 year career in education as a: Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal and Superintendent, has prepared me for this opportunity.
Throughout my career, I have always prided myself on making decisions that are best for students. I have partnered with my administrative, faculty and support staff teams to provide the best educational programs for all students in a cost effective manner. I have witnessed the power of maintaining a positive culture that is cohesive and focused on continuous improvement. Fortunately for me, Camden Central Schools also believes in putting students first, they have a positive culture, and are viewed as one of the best schools in the region, which our residents are clearly aware of. Over the past few weeks, I have made several trips to the area and every time I run into a few families who talk about how much pride they have in Camden Central School District and the fact that they wouldn't ever move because it would mean they would need to change school districts. This type of community support is wonderful and necessary to provide the best educational programs for our students.
In the near future, I look forward to joining the Camden community as a resident. I was able to purchase a home in the school district. As an educator, I have always taken the opportunity to impact both the school district and community in meaningful ways. I look forward to joining the Chamber of Commerce and supporting other various efforts to improve our community. Within the District, I look forward to partnering with our local union leaders including the: Camden Teachers' Association, Civil Service Employees Association, and School Administrator Association of NYS. I will also vigorously represent and communicate the educational interests of Camden Central School District with our local, county, state, and federal representatives.
In an effort to maintain accessibility and visibility, I will begin each morning at a different school in order to greet the students as they enter the building to start their day. This will allow me to regularly visit with administrators, students, parents, and staff members. In addition, I will be able to see our facilities first hand on a weekly basis.
We have a lot to be proud of at Camden Central School District! My plan is to extend and expand on the level of excellence that has already been established. I look forward to implementing my entry plan by meeting with key stakeholders across the District to hear about what is working and what we need to improve upon.
Have a safe and wonderful summer!
Dr. Ravo Root, Superintendent Camden Central School District