Mr. Cruz comes to us with over 13 years of experience in school finance and operations. He prides himself on being a strategic, forward thinker and collaborative team member. Mr. Cruz demonstrated successful development of systems to support schools best utilize budgeting to maximize the instructional program. His experience includes oversight of school budgets to support more than 1,500 schools in the NYC Department of Education. In his current role, Mr. Cruz manages Community School District 6 in Washington Heights, NYC, consisting of 39 schools (PreK – 12), 14,890 students, and an operating budget of over $230 Million. Mr. Cruz comes with knowledge in STEM programming, where he leveraged private grants and public funds to expand district-wide implementation.
Prior to his service with the NYC Department of Education, Mr. Cruz worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP, with a focus in the education and public sector. Mr. Cruz earned his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in Finance and Investments at Baruch College. He also completed an Executive Masters of Public Administration Degree at Baruch College.
Mr. Cruz currently resides in Teaneck, NJ, with his wife Elizabeth and two daughters, Isabella and Anabel, nine and six years old. Outside of work, Mr. Cruz can be seen coaching his daughter’s soccer team and cycling with his family. He is very active in his local school community and volunteers as the treasurer for the PTO. Mr. Cruz also facilitates financial literacy workshops to empower immigrant communities with their personal finances.
Mr. Cruz is excited and optimistic about beginning his career with the Verona Public Schools. He is looking forward to meeting our staff and school administrators in the coming weeks as he begins the transition into his new role. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Jorge Cruz as the new School Business Administrator for the Verona Public Schools.
Dr. Rui Dionisio
Superintendent of Schools