Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools

A Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Pearl River School District!

I am honored to serve the students, staff, families and communities of the Pearl River School District as Superintendent of Schools since 2014. Our five schools, under the leadership and guidance of our dedicated principals and their staff together with the support of our K-12 students and their families, continue to serve as wonderful places for children to learn and grow. Over the past nine years, I have had the privilege of working with our Board of Education, administrators, teachers and staff to provide outstanding instruction and curriculum, programs, and support for our students and families.

Assuring that our schools and programs are safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments for each and every student remains our District’s top priority. At the forefront of the 2023-24 school year, the PRSD is committed to providing new opportunities for advancement and growth, as well as continued support of social and emotional learning needs. Through continued collaboration, our talented team aims to foster intellectual growth while providing the very best experiences for our students.

Whether you are a family that is new to the District, or returning, I am confident that you will see that the PRSD is continuously growing and adapting in order to provide our students with critical 21st-century skills necessary for their current and future success in higher education and the workplace.

I sincerely thank you for your continued support of our students and school community where “Every Child Can and Will Learn.”


Dr. Marco F. Pochintesta 

Superintendent's Office

Marco F. Pochintesta, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Pearl River School District
135 West Crooked Hill Road
Pearl River, NY 10965
(845) 620-3900

Sandra Romano
(845) 620-3902


Dr. Pochintesta joined the Pearl River School District in 2014. As Superintendent of Schools, he reports to the Board of Education and manages the District's 400+ faculty and staff members. When he is not in one of the District schools, you can find him in the District Administrative Offices.

Doctoral Studies in Education, Manhattanville College 
M.S. in Administration and Supervision, College of New Rochelle
M.A. in Social Studies Education, Lehman College
B.A. in Political Science, Fordham University

2013-2014:  Superintendent of Schools, Wappingers Central School District
2012-2013:  Interim Superintendent of Schools, Wappingers Central School District
2010-2012:  Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Wappingers Central School District
2008-2010:  Principal, John Jay Senior High School, Wappingers Central School District
2005-2008:  House Principal, Arlington High School, Arlington Central School District 
2002-2005:  Principal, La Salle Academy, NYC
1993-2002:  Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, LaSalle Academy, NYC
1990-1993:  Social Studies Teacher, IS144 Bronx, NY
1988-1990:  Italian Teacher, St. Raymond's High School, Bronx, NY

Professional Affiliations:
New York State Council of School Superintendents
Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents, Treasurer
Mid-Hudson School Study Council, Executive Committee
Tri-States Consortium Superintendents Study Group