Newburgh - The Newburgh Enlarged City School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Acting Superintendent of Schools Ralph A. Pizzo as the new Superintendent of Schools. On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, members of the Board of Education voted unanimously to appoint Pizzo to the position. Pizzo has worked for the NECSD for over forty years, holding various positions during his tenure including teacher, assistant principal, principal and deputy superintendent. Pizzo’s contract is effective February 15, 2011 until June 30, 2014.
Last year, the NECSD began a search for a new superintendent following the announcement that former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Annette M. Saturnelli intended to retire at the end of her contract on June 30, 2011. Following the recent news from New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo concerning cuts in education, Pizzo along with Board of Education members and other employees have been working diligently to find ways to reduce the effects on the NECSD. With the NECSD’s fiscal future in mind, Pizzo brought his proposal to the Board of Education which included accepting the position of Superintendent with a reduction in salary. His proposal also included not hiring a Deputy Superintendent to replace him.
"In addition to his proposal addressing our current fiscal crisis we also realized that Mr. Pizzo had all of the qualities and characteristics that had been put forth in a profile created by our Superintendent Search Consultants. He has been a resident of Newburgh his entire life and is very familiar with the workings of our District and the community as a whole. It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Ralph A. Pizzo as Superintendent of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District and we look forward to working with him as he leads our District to new heights," said NECSD Board of Education President Dawn Fucheck.