The North Rockland Central School District Superintendent will now bring her expertise to a new kind of classroom – and she says she’s eager for the challenges. “It’s a pleasure for me to be approached and accepted because I have a lot of respect for the work the college is doing,” said Eckert said, whose term runs through 2018.
Eckert was unanimously approved by the full Legislature Dec. 3, following a prior go-vote from the Multi-Services Committee. “We are lucky to have someone with the skill, expertise and grace of Ileana Eckert,” Legislature Chairman Alden H. Wolfe (D-Montebello) said. “Her willingness to share her talents and to devote her time is truly appreciated.”
The resolution proposing Eckert’s nomination was sponsored by Legislators Jay Hood Jr. (DHaverstraw) and Michael Grant (D-Garnerville).
“I’ve known Ileana for many years and she has always worked tirelessly for the betterment of the community, most especially children, and I know she will be an asset to the work of RCC,” Hood said.
Said Grant, “Ileana Eckert’s name is synonymous with public service. She continually tackles some of the biggest challenges in our community and I know she will continue to do so during her tenure on the RCC board.”
Eckert, superintendent of North Rockland since 2009, had her start at RCC. While a senior at North Rockland High School, Eckert also enrolled in courses at RCC and received college credit.
“It was a pretty new program at the time,” Eckert said. “Thanks to that head start, I actually earned my college degree in three years instead of four.”
Nowadays, North Rockland offers about 11 college-level courses to its students through RCC and uses the college’s Haverstraw campus as a summer school location.