GREENWICH, Conn. – John Grasso has been appointed the interim principal for Parkway School in Greenwich, effective Friday, July 1.
Before his retirement from the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Grasso held a leadership position at Riverside School for 18 years. He is currently serving as interim principal for Royle Elementary School in Darien.
“I welcome John back to Greenwich in this important leadership role. He is a highly qualified and effective elementary school principal with extensive experience in and knowledge of the Greenwich community,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill McKersie.
Parkway School’s current principal, Patty Allen, announced her resignation in February to accept the position as principal of the Smith College Campus School, a K-6 school on the campus of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. A search for a new Parkway School principal was conducted this spring. Two candidates were recommended as finalists for the position by the Parkway interview committee; both subsequently withdrew their applications. A new search for principal will be conducted at the start of the hiring season in January.
Grasso began teaching in 1975 for the Stamford Public Schools as a fifth-grade teacher at Rogers International School. In 1979, he moved to the Westover Magnet School as a community liaison and team leader. He left teaching in 1982 to work in the private sector, returning to the field in 1988 as a sixth-grade teacher at Roxbury Elementary School in Stamford, where he remained for six years.
In 1994, he came to the Greenwich Public Schools as assistant principal of Riverside School. In 2010-11, Grasso took on the role of the advanced learning program coordinator, while maintaining the leadership of Riverside School.
After retiring from the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Grasso has held a number of consulting and interim leadership positions in Fairfield County schools. Grasso received a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, Queens; a master’s degree from City College of New York in curriculum development; and a 6th Year administrator certificate from Fairfield University.