GLEN ROCK - Glen Rock district officials welcomed new superintendent of schools Bruce Watson to the board on Aug. 29.

Watson, a retired longtime superintendent with the Fair Lawn school district, will serve as Glen Rock schools’ new district head on an interim basis. Watson replaces Dr. Paula Valenti who retired this year after serving four years as superintendent.

“The welcome I’ve received has been wonderful,” said Watson during his first board meeting. “It is just very special and I think if that’s the entry to the community… I think I’m in for a great year.”

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Watson will be paid $671 on a per diem basis which was effective July 1 and will run through June 30, 2018.

According to a news release from Glen Rock Community School Director Andrea Tahinos, “a few” candidates were interviewed for the position and Watson’s “management style and experience” made him a “perfect fit” for the role, Board President Bryon Torsiello said.

Watson brings a wealth of experience to the district. His career dates back about 25 years when he started in the Fair Lawn school district as the business administrator in 1992. He then moved up the ranks to assistant superintendent before being tapped to lead the district in 2001 – a role he served in for 15 years before retiring last year. For the past year, Watson was the superintendent of the Onteora School District in Boiceville, N.Y., a rustic community in Ulster County in upstate New York.