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New Superintendent Chosen for Parsippany School District

Former Executive County Superintendent for Bergen and Passaic signs on for $175,000 annually in Parsippany.

The Parsippany-Troy Hills School District has appointed a new superintendent of schools after a months-long search.

Scott Rixford, most recently serving as the interim Executive County Superintendent for Bergen and Passaic Counties, was chosen from a list of seven final candidates, according to statement released by the board of education Friday morning.

Rixford will replace current interim superintendent John Fitzsimmons, who stepped in when longtime chief Leroy Seitz retired in 2013.

“Our selection process cast a wide net resulting in seven highly-qualified candidates,” the statement said. “We narrowed the field down to three, before unanimously selecting Mr. Rixford. We congratulate Scott on his appointment, and we are confident that his vast experience, deep knowledge, unwavering dedication, and unquestionable character will bring further stability, integrity and academic growth to our district.”

Rixford was previously the superintendent in the Woodland Park School District, and former principal and assistant superintendent in the Paterson School District. 

Rixford's contract, made available Friday morning, is set with a start date of July 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2019 – lasting five years. The full contract can be seen here. 

His salary will be $175,000 annually, as set by state law in accordance to the size of the Parsippany school district. 

Anonymous March 29, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Has anybody googled Scott Rixford? This guy is just another John or worse. He has been sued three times and lost all three I believe. Time will only show...
Anonymous March 29, 2014 at 12:42 AM
Why cant they hire someone normal with a doctorate. All these 'superintendent searches' was a waste of time, it was planned out.
Davey Lane Willans March 29, 2014 at 09:06 AM
I believe it is time for the citizens of Parsippany to start supporting our Board of Education, and NOT continue to second guess and condem their actions. I for one am happy to see Board President Orthwein getting some things done. If Mr Rixford does not perform well or does someting to lose our trust lets condem then NOT now.
steve revette March 29, 2014 at 09:50 AM
I have faith in the board. Hopefully the new superintendent will be a leader and not let the teachers think they run things. I also hope this new superintendent tackles problems head on. I'm surprised Gigante wasn't the new superintendent she'd be great.
friend of parsppany March 29, 2014 at 06:51 PM
Time will tell. His past history has been documented with confrontation. What's in the past is in the past though Hopefully he is a people person who will collaborate with professionals and not dictate. My teacher friends are concerned that confrontation lies ahead.

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