SOMA Schools Superintendent Resigns to Lead NY District

Brian Osborne has accepted a position in New Rochelle, one year after rejecting an offer to head a Michigan school system.

Brian Osborne (Patch file photo)
Brian Osborne (Patch file photo)
The South Orange-Maplewood School District's superintendent announced his resignation on Monday after accepting the same role in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Brian Osborne said his seven years with the SOMA district has been "rewarding beyond description." The New Rochelle Board of Education is expected to officially appoint him Tuesday as its district superintendent, effective July 1.

"I have been inspired to witness a school community rising to the challenge of increasing equity and excellence to maximize the potential of every child," Osborne wrote in a letter sent Monday to the SOMA community.  "Personally, I am grateful that so many of you generously understood that the superintendent is another learner in a learning organization, and allowed me to learn with you."

It was just about a year ago when Osborne considered leaving for the same job in Michigan.

The highly publicized hiring process ended with Osborne turning down the position in Ann Arbor, Mich. Osborne said he had "unfinished work" in the SOMA district and cited the impact the move would have on his family as reasons for him rejecting the Ann Arbor offer.

Osborne thanked the SOMA community in his resignation letter on Monday and expressed confidence the district will continue to move forward.

"As those that live, lead, work, teach, parent, volunteer, and go to school here, you form an impressive and unforgettable community, one that aspires to enact the principles of beloved community, and I have loved being a small part of it," Osborne wrote. "I am confident that SOMSD will continue to flourish as you embrace the opportunities and challenges that come with truly preparing all students for success. All means all!"
ASK June 03, 2014 at 11:19 AM
I guess Mr. Osborne finished his "unfinished work" here in SOMSD...or New Rochelle just offered him more money! It's always about the money. Didn't he decide to stay here last year when our school district matched his offer from Ann Arbor?


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