Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools

A Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Pearl River School District!

As Superintendent of Schools, it has been both an honor and a privilege to be a part of this District since 2014. Our five schools, under the leadership and guidance of our principals and their staff together with the support of our K-12 students and their families, continue to be great places for children to learn and grow.

Assuring that our schools and programs are safe, welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all of our students remains our District’s top priority. At the forefront of the 2022-23 school year are new opportunities for advancement and development as we continue to foster our children’s intellectual growth and support their social and emotional learning needs. I am always impressed by the promise each new academic year presents to our students and families, our employees and the entire Pearl River community. 

Whether you are a family that is new to the District, or returning, I am confident that you will see that the PRSD is 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. 

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


Dr. Marco F. Pochintesta

Superintendent's Office

Dr. Marco F. Pochintesta
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