The Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education will appoint WVHS Associate Principal Marguerite Fusco as the new Principal at Warwick Valley High School, as Dr. Larry Washington takes on the role of Superintendent at the Washingtonville Central School District.
Fusco graduated from Manhattan College with a bachelor degree in mathematics and a minor in education. She received a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education from the City College of New York and a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from the College of New Rochelle. In addition, she has School District Administrator and Mathematics Gr. 7-12 certifications.
She began her career in education as a science and mathematics teacher in the Bronx. After four years, she moved her career to Rockland County, where she taught mathematics for nineteen years and served as the standardized testing coordinator at Ramapo and Suffern High Schools. She served as the school treasurer and comptroller for student activity funds for nine years at Suffern High School.
In July 2015, Ms. Fusco came to Warwick y H.S. to be an Associate Principal. She has coordinated the administration of Regents exams, developed the master schedule, overseen the student activity funds, offered the club fair and electives fair annually to students, and served on district committees that focused on curriculum development and attendance policies.
“When Dr. Washington joined the District, Warwick Valley High School was preparing to implement a new master schedule, planning significant renovations to the building, adding many new courses and programs, offering a renewed focus on academic achievement and welcoming close to 200 students from Greenwood Lake,” said WVCSD Superintendent Dr. David Leach.
“Each of these individual accomplishments have had a positive impact on student learning. But in combination, these efforts – thanks to the leadership of Dr. Washington and Ms. Fusco, along with our high-quality staff – now take our high school to a new level. I’m very appreciative to Dr. Washington for his leadership, and know that he will be an outstanding superintendent. I’m equally excited to see what’s in store for our high school students and staff under the direction of WVHS Principal Marguerite Fusco.”
Change at the Elementary Schools
At the elementary level, Elementary Associate Principal Melanie Lofaro will become Coordinator of Professional Learning at Orange-Ulster BOCES. A succession plan for the elementary schools has not yet been announced.
“Mrs. Lofaro is an instructional leader. You’ll find very few building administrators who keep an unwavering focus on improving classroom instruction. Her new role will positively influence thousands of educators throughout Orange and Ulster Counties,” said WVCSD Superintendent, Dr. David Leach.