The Canton Board of Education has unanimously appointed Canton Intermediate School principal Dr. Jordan E. Grossman as the next assistant superintendent of schools.
The position will be effective Jan. 1, 2012. He will replace Lynn McMullin, who is leaving to be superintendent of schools in Orange.
The vote took place after an executive session Tuesday night and was unanimous. (Board members Patti White and Sue Saidel could not attend the meeting.)
“I am humbled and honored to serve the Canton Public Schools as the next Assistant Superintendent of Schools,” Grossman said in a school press release. “I am looking forward to building relationships with the community at large and working my hardest in the best interest of children. I am excited to work alongside (superintendent Kevin) Case, the Canton Board of Education, and the community to continue to move the school district to the next level of excellence.”
After the vote, school board chairwoman Beth Kandrysawtz told Grossman the board was impressed with the relationships he has established with students, teachers, parents and others. She said they were also thrilled when he told the board he wanted to continue cultivating those connections.
"I appreciate your answer that this is about expanding those relationships," she said.
Board member Susan Crowe said she was pleased with the selection.
"I am most assured you will excel and do us proud," she told Grossman.
Case said Grossman looks at the "whole child."
"Dr. Grossman in his tenure with the Canton Public Schools has a proven track record for striving for excellence," he said in a release. "His detail for student achievement and the whole child will guide his work as the next Assistant Superintendent of Schools. I am very pleased that Dr. Grossman will be joining our central office staff."
Grossman has been principal at CIS for five years. For seven years prior to that he was assistant principal at the high school. Grossman taught and coached in Manchester before coming to Canton.
He has a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut, a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University, a Bachelor's of Science from Southern Connecticut State University and is certified to be a Superintendent of Schools.
Grossman's duties will include implementing the school district's technology plan, submitting grant applications, developing curriculum, working on professional development, assessing testing scores and efficiency and more.
Among the assistant superintendent's responsibilities are: curriculum development, curriculum evaluation, implementing the district's technology plan, working on professional development, assessing testing efficiency and evaluation and grant applications.
Case said the search for a new CIS principal will begin in a few weeks. The hope is to have someone in place by Feb. 1, 2012, he added.