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New Eastchester Superintendent Faces Unique Challenges

Walter Moran, the new superintendent of the Eastchester School District.
Walter Moran, the new superintendent of the Eastchester School District. Photo Credit: File

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The reign of Walter Moran has begun at the Eastchester School District, as he assumes the role of superintendent following the retirement of Marilyn Terranova.

Moran is a familiar face around the district, having last served as the middle school principal during his 13-year career in Eastchester. He was named superintendent in April following long deliberations by the Board of Education.

The new superintendent officially began his role on July 15. He said public schools are currently facing unprecedented difficulties both economically and politically.

“Within the constraints of a struggling economy, a tax levy cap, hundreds of unfunded mandates, the implementation of Common Core Standards and Assessments, and now a new evaluation system for teachers and principals (APPR), we are charged with raising educational standards and improving student achievement,” he said in a statement to parents.

Moran was a key figure in helping the Board of Education pass a 2011 bond to expand the middle school and is currently overseeing the project. Under his direction, standardized test scores have risen.

According to Eastchester School Board President David Carforo, the board determined that Moran has the innovation and ability needed to manage a challenging budget, increased enrollment and changes in the field of education such as the new mandated teacher evaluation system.

“Eastchester is one of the premier school districts in Westchester County,” he said about the hire. “Under the leadership of Dr. Moran, the district will remain committed to providing all children with a rigorous and appropriate education, to raising academic standards and to bolstering academic achievement.”

Before his time in the Eastchester School District, Moran served as principal at the middle school in the North Rockland School District. He will oversee 3,150 students in the district, which operates on a $75 million budget each year.

“As superintendent, I look forward to the many opportunities ahead to meet and engage the community,” he said. “Let us be a learning community that embraces a bright future.”

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