By James Vaznis, Globe Staff
After more than a year of searching, Boston school officials have found a new headmaster for Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, who will take on the enormous challenge of turning around the long faltering school.
Diane Ross Gary, who school officials say has extensive experience in vocational education, is expected to start her duties at the Roxbury school later this month.
Ross Gary is currently program manager for cooperative work education and college-career pathways at the Connecticut Department of Education. Previously, she served as an assistant principal and taught marketing and distributive education.
“Dr. Ross Gary brings both extensive experience and a vision for the future of Madison Park, and we look forward to working with her on behalf of our students,” Interim Superintendent John McDonough wrote in a letter Wednesday to Madison Park staff, students and families.
“We know you will be just as impressed as we are with her drive, dedication and commitment to working closely with families, teachers and students to ensure every student succeeds,” he said.
Ross Gary was among 17 candidates for the job, which was vetted by a search committee of alumni, parents, and community members.
Roger Bourgeois, Boston’s network superintendent for vocational technical programs, said in an interview that Ross Gary should be able to put Madison Park, the city’s only vocational high school, on a path to academic success.
“We are excited,” Bourgeois said. “Hopefully, we have some good days ahead.”
Turning around Madison Park has been a top priority for Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Madison Park’s longtime headmaster, Chuck McAfee, retired last summer, and different administrators have been filling the leadership role since then.
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