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  • PRSD District Wide Emergency Response Safety & Pandemic Illness Plan

    Dear Pearl River Community,

    The district has reviewed the Pearl River School District Wide Emergency Response Safety and Pandemic Illness Plan.  As per the NYS Education Department regulations, a 30-day period has been established for public comment prior to a public hearing that will be held on August 24, 2021, at the Board of Education meeting. The PRSD District Wide Emergency Response Safety and Pandemic Illness Plan will be accessible on the district homepage from July 23 to August 23, 2021. To access a copy of either of these two plans, please click on the following link:

    PRSD District Wide Emergency Response Safety & Pandemic Plan

    To send a comment please email: districtclerk@pearlriver.org or submit your comment to: PRSD District Clerk at 135 West Crooked Hill Rd, Pearl River, NY 10965

    Pearl River School District
  • PRHS Update

    July 21, 2021

    Dear Pearl River High School Parents & Community,

    I hope this letter finds you and your families enjoying a happy and healthy summer recess. As we near the start of the 2021-22 school year, I am looking forward to the return of our students come September. 

    I am writing to inform you of an administrative staffing change at Pearl River High School. Principal Michael Murphy has submitted his retirement letter effective July 31, 2023. In the upcoming school year, Mr. Murphy will take on a new role as the House Principal overseeing students transitioning to the high school in grades 8 and 9. This presents us with a unique opportunity to act early in searching for new leadership for the high school. 

    In order to best serve the needs of the high school during this period of change, we will fill the principal vacancy with an interim High School Principal. This will allow us to carry out a full search for a permanent replacement while providing stability and continuity of service from the administration for the high school community.

    I am committed to selecting the right Principal to lead the high school in the upcoming school year and beyond.  In the meantime, I am confident that our PRHS staff, supported by District administration, will continue to effectively prepare for returning and transitioning students. I am looking forward to continuously moving the District forward to fulfill our mission to Pearl River students, families and the community. 


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D. 

    Pearl River School District
  • Superintendent Message: End of School Year 2020-21

    June 25, 2021

    Dear Pearl River School District Community:

    As the 2020-21 school year draws to a close, we can reflect on the many accomplishments, as well as challenges, that have been met. Overcoming unprecedented change, we now look ahead with anticipation to the work of the next year.  We will continue to commit ourselves to continuous improvement and explore opportunities for advancement and enhancement of the District to better serve the needs of students, parents, and all of our staff members as they carry out the mission of the Pearl River Schools.  

    On April 19, we initiated our full return to in-person instruction and thanks to the hard work and cooperation of home and schools, we continued operating without interruption - finishing the school year with great celebrations of the learning that has been accomplished by our students.  This year’s moving up ceremonies at the elementary schools, Pearl River Middle School, and the Pearl River High School’s graduation were exceptionally well received and have given us a blueprint for future planning of these events.  

    Once again, the community’s generous support resulted in a very successful budget vote, and we are prepared and well-positioned for the next school year.  The budget, together with federal funding through the American Rescue Plan and CRSSA, provides us with the resources we need to support our students' academic growth, while also safeguarding their social and emotional well-being.  

    I am proud of the work that has taken place this year and commend all of our district staff members at every school who, despite challenges, persevered in making our schools a great place for our children to learn, grow and succeed. I wish all of our Pearl River families a happy and safe summer and look forward to continuing our work in the fall. To those parents who had a child graduate last night from Pearl River High School, I thank you for sharing your children with us and for your support of our schools. I am very proud of the Class of 2021, and wish them great success in their future endeavors. 


    Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed. D.

    Pearl River School District
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Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
7:00 PM

District Administration Bldg.
135 West Crooked Hill Road

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