July 16, 2008
Randolph Schools Appoint Two to Fill Administrative Jobs
By FRED HANSON
RANDOLPH - A new dean of students and a new director of the alternative program at Randolph High School have been named by School Superintendent Richard Silverman.Russell Cron will split his time between teaching and serving as the school's dean of students, handling disciplinary matters.
"Every student matters," Cron told the school committee Thursday night. "I don't want anyone to fall through the cracks."
For the past two years, Cron has served as an administrative intern at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Prior to that, he was an inclusion specialist at the school for five years and a special- education teacher at Holliston High School for two years.
Before going into education, Cron worked as a customer service manager at BJ's Wholesale Club in Westboro for two years.
He has two master's degrees, one in educational leadership from Framingham State College and one in education from Fitchburg State College. Cron has a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Emerson College.
Paul Malkasian has been hired to lead the alternative program at the high school. He held a similar position at Carver High School for five years before leaving that job in 2005.
Now in its second year, the alternative program is for students too disruptive for regular classes.
"I'd like to see a large number of students return to the mainstream, but they have to earn that right," Malkasian told the school committee.
For the past two years, Malkasian has had a counseling practice in Plymouth. For the past year, he has worked part time as the director of disability services at Fisher College. He also spent eight years as a teacher in an alternative education program at Oxford High School.
Malkasian has a doctorate in special education from Boston University and a master's in special education from Assumption College.
Also announced was the appointment of Michael McGrath as the high school's part-time athletic director.
Silverman said all of the new administrators come to the school system with strong qualifications.
One key position still to be filled is that of Lyons Elementary School principal. Silverman said a second round of interviews with candidates is scheduled for this week, and he hopes to make an appointment as soon as next week.
Fred Hanson may be reached at [email protected]
Originally published by By FRED HANSON, The Patriot Ledger.
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