• Dear Ardsley Community Members,

    We are pleased to announce our intention to appoint Dr. Matthew J. Block as the next superintendent of the Ardsley School District, effective July 1, 2024.  Dr. Block is currently the superintendent of Livingston Public Schools (LPS) in New Jersey, where he has served since 2019.  He will succeed Dr. Ryan Schoenfeld, who has served as Ardsley’s superintendent for the past six years and is retiring following the end of the 2023-24 school year.  The Ardsley Board of Education is expected to formalize Dr. Block’s appointment at our April 2nd Board meeting.


    “Our community has emphasized clearly the importance of hiring a proven leader who would foster an inclusive climate, while meeting the varied needs of our students,” said Board President Hrishi Karthikeyan.  “Dr. Block has not only built an impressive record of success in a high-performing school district; he also combines a spirit of innovation and growth with an outgoing personality that make him a great fit for our increasingly diverse community.  His commitment to raising the bar for student achievement, while ensuring that all learners have the appropriate resources and support to succeed, will serve the Ardsley School District well as we look ahead to our next chapter.”


    During his time as superintendent of LPS, Dr. Block implemented a number of important initiatives and reforms.  He developed a five-year strategic plan, as well as a multi-year long-range facilities plan.  He strengthened tools and resources to help prepare high school students to navigate the increasingly competitive college application process.  He also increased the focus on intervention services and mental health resources to promote a supportive and nurturing learning environment for all students.  And he took actionable steps to enhance the culture of equity and inclusiveness at every level across the district.


    In anticipation of his appointment, Dr. Block said, “I am very excited to be joining the Ardsley community as Superintendent of Schools.  I sincerely appreciate this amazing opportunity to work with a great team of educators and a talented group of students in a connected and supportive community.  It is clear that Ardsley is an excellent school district that values innovation and collaboration, and cultivates a shared investment in providing the best educational experience for all students.  As I begin my transition, I am eager to listen to, and learn from, those who know Ardsley best, and to connect with as many stakeholders as possible.  Together, I know we will build upon the great work that has made the Ardsley School District a place that challenges minds, builds character, and inspires excellence.”


    Dr. Block emerged as the successful candidate from a diverse pool of applicants, following multiple rounds of interviews and vetting.  He will arrive in Ardsley with more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, building administrator, central office administrator, and superintendent.  Dr. Block received his undergraduate degree from American University, and he earned both a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education degree from Montclair State University.  He received his Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from Caldwell University, where he was recognized with an Outstanding Dissertation Award for his research on new teacher mentoring.  Dr. Block lives in northern New Jersey with his wife of 20 years and their two high-school-aged children. 


    Dr. Block plans to attend the April 2nd Board meeting, so we encourage members of our learning community to come meet him in person and be among the first to welcome him to Ardsley.  We will also arrange a series of other opportunities throughout the spring for Dr. Block to meet formally and informally with various stakeholders as he prepares to assume his new role as Ardsley’s superintendent in July.


    Sincerely,


    The Ardsley Board of Education


    For more information about the superintendent search process, including copies of previous community updates, please visit the
    “Superintendent Search” page on the district website.