Superintendent of Schools

A Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Pearl River School District.  As Superintendent of Schools, it has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of the District for the last five years.  Our five schools under the leadership and guidance of our staff, together with the support of our students and their families, are great places for children to learn and grow.  Our school buildings, as physical learning environments, are being renovated and redesigned through a combination of small and large scale projects that address spaces from the classroom level up to library media centers, and the athletic complex at Pearl River High School.  

Similarly, our academic program is experiencing a renaissance of its own.  Our High School and Middle School programs for 8th and 5th grade students have been updated through the implementation of innovative ideas designed to better support our students in these key transition years.  Initiatives in science, literacy, computer science, social and emotional learning, and mental health are representative of our commitment to continuous improvement in all areas of our work.  These are exciting times for our District!  

Thank you for your continued support of our students and school community.

Marco F. Pochintesta 

Superintendent's Office

Marco F. Pochintesta
Superintendent of Schools
Pearl River School District
135 West Crooked Hill Road
Pearl River, NY 10965
(845) 620-3922

Background

Mr. Pochintesta joined the Pearl River School District in 2014.   As superintendent, 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.

Education:
Doctoral Studies in Education, Manhattanville College (in progress)
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

Experience:
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