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Scott Rixford

Scott E. Rixford
Trustee, Board of Trustees 

Scott E. Rixford serves as the Interim Executive County Superintendent for both Bergen and Passaic counties.  Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Regional Achievement Centers 1 and 2, boosting student achievement and school improvement in all identified Priority and Focus schools located within  Morris, Sussex, Warren, Bergen and Passaic counties.

Prior to this, Mr. Rixford served as a founding member of a small cadre of school turnaround leaders hired by the New Jersey Department of Education, supporting school improvement under the federal School Improvement Grant program. In this assignment, he led successful efforts towards student improvement in some of the state’s most challenged schools including Barringer High School in Newark which virtually doubled its HSPA proficiency rates in one year.  His support work under SIG at Essex County Vocational School - West Caldwell campus, saw that school move within two years from significantly challenged to earning National Blue Ribbon status in 2012.

Mr. Rixford has also served as Superintendent of Schools for the Woodland Park (West Paterson) school district.

Starting his career in public school education in Paterson, New Jersey, Mr. Rixford served that district over a ten year period in a variety of capacities, including assignments as its Assistant Superintendent; Elementary School Principal for Paterson’s Alexander Hamilton Academy; District level supervisor; and elementary and middle school teacher.

Mr. Rixford earned his BA cum laude from the University of Miami, and a Master's of Education from Rutgers University. He holds certificates as Chief School Administrator/Superintendent, Principal, Supervisor and a variety of teaching credentials in New Jersey as well as with other states.