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 an honor and a privilege to be a part of the District since 2014.  Our five schools under the leadership and guidance of our staff, together with the support of our students and their families, continue to be great places for children to learn and grow. 
The experience of the pandemic has been as difficult as it has been transformational.  I am very proud of the way our staff has adapted and met the new challenges with grace and determination.  We have all learned a great deal and are continuing to learn as we go forward. The physical appearance of our learning environment has had to change to meet the new requirements, however our school communities continue to be places of warmth, where children are cared for and nurtured, as we foster their intellectual growth, and support their social and emotional learning. 

The District’s capital projects work continue with new work nearing completion at Pearl River Middle School, and Pearl River High School. Our high school students returned to school this September to see newly renovated science, music, and technology wings.  An art room addition and a new staircase at the high school are also being constructed at this time.  The Middle School’s projects include the addition of a music wing that will connect to the gymnasium which will also have an addition.  The Middle School’s secure vestibule is now in its final stages and will soon welcome students, staff and families to the school.

Whether you are a family that is new to the District, or a returning family, I am confident that you will be able to see that the District is “on the move”, preparing our students for their future. 

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


Dr. 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.

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