RCSD Appoints Peluso Superintendent

The Rochester School Board has named Carmine Peluso as the district superintendent.

The appointment was made after a special school board meeting this evening.

Peluso has been interim chief of the city schools since August, when Lesli Myers-Small was let go through a separation agreement.

Peluso has worked for the city school district for several years, with stints in East Rochester and Pittsford Schools as well.

From the Rochester City School District:

The Rochester Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carmine Peluso as the Superintendent of Schools, effective immediately. He has been serving as Interim Superintendent since September 1, 2022.
Dr. Peluso’s commitment and dedication to education span more than two decades. As a teacher, assistant principal, principal, chief of schools, deputy superintendent, and now Superintendent, he understands, firsthand, all facets of education, management, and leadership.
“I entered the interim role with a desire to bring stability and calm during a tumultuous time in our District. I have experienced several changes in leadership and know the impact it has on every level of the organization,” said Superintendent Dr. Carmine Peluso. “My goal since coming to this District has been to effect positive change and increase educational opportunities for all students. I love this District and am inspired by the commitment and support our team gives to students, families, and one another.” 
Board President Cynthia Elliott said, “I want our community to know that Dr. Peluso is the best candidate to serve as Superintendent. During my time on the Board, our District has not had a Superintendent with his institutional and organizational knowledge.” She continued, “In less than six months as interim, Dr. Peluso has successfully negotiated a tentative contract with the RTA, delivered a portfolio of schools to form part of the Phase three FMP process, and is prioritizing increasing enrollment and creating a renewed focus on improving student outcomes in our District.” She added, “The Board determined that maintaining stability in District leadership with a homegrown Superintendent was in the best interest of the RCSD, and decided to forgo the Superintendent search. 

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