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Kris Harrison of the Mendeham Township School District has been named Irvington's next superintendent of schools.

The Irvington School District Sen the following announcment this morning:

The Irvington Board of Education has announced that Kristopher M. Harrison will be appointed as the Superintendent of Schools on Thursday, Feb. 16, according to John Dawson, Board President. Harrison is currently the Superintendent of Schools in Mendham Township School District, N.J., a position he has held since 2008. The appointment will be effective July 1.

Speaking for the Board, Dawson said: “We are extremely pleased that Dr. Harrison will be joining the Irvington School District as superintendent. Dr. Harrison impressed the Board with his vision, innovative thinking and hands-on approach to education leadership. His track record in the Mendham School District reflects his emphasis on student achievement.”

Harrison is looking forward to the new post. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join a district that is so rich in history, support and success,” stated Harrison. “Together with the talented school staff, the dedicated Board and the supportive community, we will strive to expand opportunities for our students while continuing to serve the Irvington District proudly.”

Prior to his tenure at Mendham schools, Harrison was Principal of Maplewood Middle School in the School District of South Orange and Maplewood, N.J., from 2004-2008. MMS has been recognized as a “Benchmark School of Excellence” by New Jersey for its students’ scores on standardized tests.

His prior positions included principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher, beginning in the Walter O. Krumbiegle Middle School in Hillside, N.J., in 1994.

Harrison holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth (2011) as well as a master’s degree in Education, Administration and Supervision from Rutgers University (2000). His bachelor’s degree is in Elementary Education/Sociology from Kean College of New Jersey (1995).

His certifications include New Jersey Principal, School Administrator and K-8 Teaching. 

The search for the vacancy commenced in September after the announcement of the resignation of the previous superintendent, Kathleen Matusiak, over the summer. Since August, Dr. Robert Roelle has served as Interim Superintendent.

The Board engaged the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to conduct the search. “We are more than pleased with the outcome,” said Dawson.

Working with HYA, the Board solicited community input about the search and adopted a profile of the new superintendent. “The process was smooth, and this announcement has happened exactly according to the schedule we shared with the community last October,” continued the Board president.  

“Dr. Harrison is the right choice for our district, and we look forward to his leadership in taking our students to the next level of academic achievement.”

The Board of Education meeting to appoint Dr. Harrison will be held as follows:

IRVINGTON UFSD Special Board Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 – 6 p.m.

Irvington Public Library

12 South Aster St.

Irvington, N.Y.  10533

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the meeting. A brief reception for Dr. Harrison will be held immediately following the meeting.

What further questions do you have for the board and Dr. Harrison?

Lizzie Hedrick February 14, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I have sent a FOIL request for Dr. Harrison's salary and contract. I'll get the numbers to you ASAP.
Renee Petro February 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I read story above quickly but if it is NOT in there find out where Dr. Harrison resides now and if far away from Irvington .....if he plans to move to Irvington, Westchester or some place closer to Irvington NY since there are many evening and weekend activities in Irvington that typically have had the permanent superintendent attending for beginnning, some or all of the program. Also, find out his age, is he currently married and if he has children their ages and do they go to public or private K-12 schools now (or in past if they graduated already from high school). I am a believer that if you work in public education you need to believe in it fully which means sending your own children to public schools K -12 at all times (unless special circumstance like a special education need for a child with diagnosed physical, mental or emotional medical issues that can NOT be best covered with public schools K-12. Thanks.
Lizzie Hedrick February 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Thanks, I'll make sure to ask.
David A. Kaplan February 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Let's also find out why he's leaving the current job -- a job he hasn't been in very long. If the explanation offered is New Jersey's current new cap on salaries, let's find out: a) how long his current contract is -- since, they can't abrogate its terms; and b) what his current salary is. I'm sympathetic to salary concerns, but I'm nonetheless troubled by hiring someone whose resume indicates a proclivity for continually "trading up." I do like the idea of hiring someone who's young, but not at the expense of hiring someone who might be using us as a brief weigh station on the route to greater glory. Such concerns may be entirely unfair, but in the absence of any convincing information from the Board (apart from a boilerplate press release that reads pretty much as the same one issued about the departed Kathy Matusiak) or, more important, the opportunity to ask questions of the candidate before he was hired, such concerns are circumstantially legitimate.
Len February 15, 2012 at 02:42 PM
This is the problem with parents in this town...you want to control the teachers, administration and everyone else who works for the schools. Let them be and trust that the powers that be have done their due diligence. If you don't trust them, then run for office yourself. Do you want Dr. Harrison to release how many DVD's he owns, how many songs are in his ipod and how many times a day he goes to the bathroom? Come on people, back off and get a job.


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