The following is a statement from Ralph A. Pizzo, Superintendant of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District:
It is with a fulfilled, yet heavy heart, that I write this letter to officially submit my notice of retirement as Superintendant of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. My retirement will be effective June 30, 2014.
I have been with the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for 44 years. I began as a teacher, then later an administrator and Board of Education member, eventually working my way to the position of Superintendant. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to not only serve the Newburgh community, but more importantly serve the children of Newburgh.
As many of you know, I was born here in Newburgh, attended Newburgh schools, and raised my family here. Newburgh has and always will hold a special place in my heart. For those on the outside looking in, Newburgh is often misunderstood and I am fortunate to have seen the best in Newburgh during my years here.
I would like to thank the individuals, from teachers and students, to support staff, parents, business leaders, politicians and community members, who supported me during my time as the Superintendant. Over the years, we have met the demands of the changes to education, and I thank you all for your continued dedication. Although I will enjoy my retirement, I will undoubtedly miss my colleagues in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.
Lastly, I am proud to say that I have been part of the reconfiguration and reconstruction according to the Master Plan, which included a 9-12 high school, the vision of the late Superintendant Dr. Annette Saturnelli. It was both my personal and professional goal to see her vision come to fruition for our students.