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Tuckahoe's New Superintendent

Dr. Nuzzi is presently Superintendent of Schools in the Putnam Valley Central School District.

Tuckahoe's New Superintendent

Thanks to TUFSD Board of Education President Julio Urbina for the following:

The Tuckahoe Union Free School District Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Barbara Nuzzi as the next Tuckahoe Superintendent of Schools, effective August 1, 2013.

The Board will vote on the appointment at a special meeting of the Board of Education scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM in the Cottle Auditorium. The meeting will be followed by a community meet and greet where Dr. Nuzzi will share her insights and ideas to enhancing our school environment to benefit all of Tuckahoe’s children and the community as a whole.

Dr. Nuzzi is presently Superintendent of Schools in the Putnam Valley Central School District, where she has served for nine years, first as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel, and for the last three years as Superintendent.

Dr. Nuzzi’s successful experience as Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Professional Development, Principal, College Professor and Teacher of Special Education, her familiarity with our region, and her enthusiasm for curriculum and program leadership make her an excellent match for Tuckahoe.

The Board held high expectations in searching for Tuckahoe’s next superintendent, even to the point of conducting three searches over two years, until satisfied that the right choice was finally identified.

Dr. Nuzzi’s contract, to be enacted on May 7th, will be a public document. It was negotiated with a shared awareness of the budget difficulties faced by our District, and indeed all public school districts, in these challenging times, and includes terms which compare appropriately within our region. Dr. Nuzzi’s salary in 2013-2014 will be $235,000; the term of the contract will be 3 years.

The Board much appreciates the patience and support of our entire school community in this long process. Included were three rounds of input to a list of characteristics needed in the new superintendent (the last round drew some 225 participants). There was great commonality across
groups from teachers to parents to students with regard to the most important characteristics, which are still posted on our web page (www.tuckahoeschools.org). These characteristics guided us in our search, ultimately leading to our selection of Dr. Nuzzi.

Finally, we all know that Dr. Nuzzi (like any superintendent of schools) will need the active support of all members of the school community in order to do her best by our students. We invite you to join with us in providing that support as she begins her work in Tuckahoe and throughout her service with us.

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