There's a change at the top in one of New York's most successful school districts. Pittsford Superintendent Mary Alice Price is retiring on February first.
After 40 years in education and 10 years running Pittsford Schools, Price simply wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.
Her resignation was reluctantly accepted by the Pittsford School Board Tuesday night. Board of Education President Kim McCluski said, "Our entire community is truly grateful for the dedication and leadership of Superintendent Price over the past 10 years. She is leaving us well-prepared for the future with a dynamic strategic plan, fiscal strength, a collaborative learning culture and a record strong student performance."
After considering a national search, the board decided it didn't have to look far for a replacement. Assistant Superintendent Mike Pero has been named new Pittsford Superintendent. Pero was formerly the principal at Barker Road Middle School.
McCluski went on to say, "As hard as it is to see Superintendent Price retire, we couldn't be more thrilled to have Michael Pero as our new Superintendent. He has been with the District for 19 years, is an experienced teacher and administrator, is well respected and understands our culture. This mid-year transition will take advantage of the timing of our budgeting process, building project plans and our strategic plan."
"We seriously considered a broad regional and national search for our next superintendent. As part of that process, we discussed the qualities, skills, experience we would seek in the ideal candidate. We quickly realized we had our ideal candidate with Mike Pero," said Board President McCluski. "Mike has intimate knowledge of our District, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and he is a strong leader. We have every confidence that Mike will help us reach our future goals as a District. We are fortunate that we can look forward to a smooth transition with Superintendent Price and Michael Pero working closely together over the next few months."