NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- After an exhaustive search, the New Rochelle Board of Education has tabbed Brian Osborne as the permanent successor to interim Superintendent Jeffrey Korostoff.
According to school board President David Lacher, Osborne – who currently holds the same position in the South Orange-Maplewood school district in New Jersey – will officially take over on July 1.
Osborne, who holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Harvard University, will be welcomed to the school district at a special reception at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the House IV Cafeteria at New Rochelle High School. In a statement, he expressed his excitement about continuing his career in the city.
“I began my career as a fifth-grade bilingual Spanish teacher, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue work in a district that is so rich in diversity and dynamic educational programming,” he said.
Lacher noted that Osborne will be transitioning to the district through the summer and will be fully available to both students and parents as of Aug. 1.
“Dr. Osborne is an exceptional educational leader,” he said. “We have no doubt he will foster a new era of inclusion and community in our district (while) driving the kind of challenging educational programs we have come to expect. (His) vision, innovative thinking and deep commitment to classroom rigor reflect his believe in achievement for all students.”
The board identified Osborne early last month but withheld his selection until it could review his references and complete a criminal background check. The new superintendent has experience teaching in Manhattan and was the co-founder of the New School for Arts and Sciences in the Bronx.
“Together with the dedicated staff and Board of Education, I will keep an unwavering focus on providing a strong foundation for all students, supporting struggling learners, offering additional challenges and enhancement activities for advanced students and better preparing all students for postsecondary success,” he added.
The board began searching for Korostoff’s replacement last year, when former Superintendent Richard Organisciark stepped down in October due to health-related issues. Lacher noted that Osborne fulfills each of the district’s expectations in a candidate.
“The candidate meets the district’s high expectations and reflects the community’s desire for an educator with vision, a high degree of fiscal responsibility and an intimate appreciation of the challenges and strengths of a diverse community,” he said about Osborne before formally announcing his hiring. “I can also tell you that this exceptional applicant has the unanimous backing of the entire board.”