The Pocantico Hills Central School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Marilyn Terranova as interim superintendent of the district on October 20. Dr. Terranova’s appointment is effective on January 4, 2016, with a consultancy period beginning October 24. She replaces Dr. Valencia Douglas, who is retiring January 3.
Dr. Terranova has worked for more than 22 years as a school superintendent in New York State, most recently as superintendent of the Eastchester and Carmel school districts. She has also served as a staff and curriculum development coordinator; teacher/coordinator of gifted and talented programs; reading specialist and classroom teacher.
She is active in the local community and a number of professional organizations, including the New York State Council of School Superintendents where she was president, vice president and treasurer. She serves as the editor of the Council’s research series, “The Snapshot of the Superintendency,” and has been involved in these studies since 1997. Dr. Terranova has presented many workshops for the Westchester School Boards Association and the New York State School Boards Association.
Dr. Douglas will be retiring after serving as the District Superintendent for the last five years. With more than 40 years in the field of education, she feels it is time now to be there for her family. “It has been a pleasure to be part of the Pocantico Hills family, and I feel we have done much to move the district forward.” She will be moving to Louisiana.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Terranova to our district,” said Board of Education President Emily Segal. “Her previous work at Eastchester and Carmel demonstrate her effectiveness as a leader of teachers and staff, and her commitment to the academic growth and achievement of all children.”
“Pocantico Hills is a special gem of a school,” she continued. “All of the Board trustees feel we have found a dynamic, intelligent interim superintendent to lead Pocantico forward, as we begin our search for a permanent superintendent.”