PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Joseph Palumbo has been named the new principal of Pleasantville High School.
Palumbo's appointment will be approved at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, May 6. Palumbo, who is currently principal of Brookfield High School in Brookfield, Conn., is replacing Daniel McCann, who was interim principal following the resignation of Dawn Bartz.
Before becoming Brookfield's principal in 2011, Palumbo served as Brookfield's assistant principal. Before that he was an assistant principal at Westhill High School in Stamford.
Palumbo started his career in education as a social studies teacher, having taught at New Rochelle Middle School and Brewster High School, his alma mater, where he also coached football. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in teaching with a concentration in social studies from Iona College in New Rochelle. He later received a master’s degree in educational instructional leadership from Fordham University.
On his Twitter page, Palumbo (@MrPalumboBHS) said he was very impressed by the Pleasantville students and that Brookfield was a special place and he would always be a Bobcat.
"We're all very excited," board President Shane McGaffey said of Palumbo's hiring. "He's going to be great. Dr. McCann has done a great job this year and has given students a voice. He will hand off the school in a better place than it was before. Joe is the right person to move this district forward."
McGaffey said the district decided it was important to hire someone with experience as a principal.
Palumbo's hiring comes less than a year after the resignation of Bartz, who claimed she was forced out of the district after two years as principal.