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Acting Superintendent Announcement

Published Aug. 11, 2020

Acting Superintendent Announcement

The Riverdale School Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanna Tobin as Acting Superintendent of Riverdale School District. Her appointment was approved on Aug. 10, 2020 at the regular meeting of the Board and is effective starting Aug. 11 following the resignation of outgoing Superintendent Jim Schlachter.

Leadership transitions present unique obstacles and opportunities, and are particularly challenging in the midst of a global pandemic. Ms. Tobin’s deep knowledge of the district, its schools, our personnel, and the community will provide district leadership continuity at a critical time of planning for fall’s Return to Learn. Ms. Tobin has served as the Grade School Principal for the past seven years. She has also served in additional leadership roles in her 21-year career, including Acting Director of English Language Learners, Curriculum Director, has paved a path forward in our District Equity and Inclusion work and has led the District Planning Team for 2020/21 back-to-school plans. She also has extensive experience teaching, counseling, coaching, and in administration (K-12).

The Board thanks Joanna for stepping into the Acting role during this especially challenging time. She has our full support, and we look forward to working with her in this new capacity. Additionally, the Board will use budgeted funds to hire a consultant to guide us through a Superintendent search this fall and the Board plans to discuss the process at a later Board meeting. Per our usual procedures, we will also work with a team of community members to hire a permanent Superintendent for our schools.