Superintendent of Schools

A Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Pearl River School District. As Superintendent of Schools, it has been an honor to lead this district over the last three years. Together, as a school community, we have accomplished much to support our district mission, Every Child Can and Will Learn.  From supporting our youngest students with the implementation of full-day kindergarten, to adding new electives at the high school, including Robotics, Computer Science, and Women in History, we continue our focus of developing students' 21st century skills, critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication and collaboration that our students need today and in the future.

While we have made strides, there is more to be done. We will continue to evaluate our programs for students at all levels. We look forward to the opportunities for teaching and learning as our capital improvement projects move from design to construction and completion.

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


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

Mary Flanagan, Secretary
(845) 620-3922
(834) 620-3927 (fax)


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.

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

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