Melrose Schools principal promoted to superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Melrose Schools have promoted high school Principal Jamie Widner to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Windom.

Widner said Windom submitted his formal retirement at the January meeting of the school board.

On Feb. 21, the board held a special meeting to hire him as the next superintendent.

“The board asked if I was interested, I told them I was, and we did an informal interview,” Widner said.

Windom said it’s time for he and his wife, Vivian, to retire.

“We feel really blessed to have been able to come to Melrose,” Windom said. “I’ve worked with an extremely supportive staff of teachers and the boards I’ve served with have been phenomenal.”

Windom has been the superintendent of the district for 13 years. Widner has been the high school principal for 13 years.

Widner said as superintendent, he plans to continue the traditions of Melrose.

“We’ll continue and make it better. I want to be competitive and good academically. I think I try to get out of (the) teacher’s way and let them do their job. That’s always been my credo as an administrator,” he said.

Windom will remain with the district until the end of the school year.