Cheryl Pedisich Appointed Interim Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Marianne Cartisano Appointed Assistant Superintendent for Business at Riverhead Central School District
District Brings on Two Extraordinary Educators and Administrators to Fill Leadership Positions
RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (OCTOBER 2023) — Changes in Riverhead Central School District’s central administrative offices announced by the Board of Education at its October 24th, 2023 Board of Education meeting included the appointment of Cheryl Pedisich, retired Three Village Central School District Superintendent of Schools as Interim Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Marianne Cartisano, retired Miller Place School District Superintendent of Schools and a former central administration senior business official, as the District’s Acting Assistant Superintendent for Business. Ms. Pedisich will join the District on Monday, October 30th, 2023. Dr. Cartisano assumes her position effective today, Wednesday, October 25th, 2023.
Ms. Pedisich’s background includes 10 years (2012-2022) as Superintendent in Three Village. Prior to that, she served Three Village as Deputy Superintendent; Assistant Superintendent for Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Pupil Personnel Services; and Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Pedisich has been honored as Administrator of the Year by the New York State School Counselors Association, is a SCOPE Administrator Service Award Honoree, a Boy Scouts Good Deed Award Honoree, and has been honored for her educational excellence and dedication to children by the Three Village Educational Foundation, the Three Village Kiwanis Club and was inducted into the Sachem Alumni Hall of fame.
Dr. Cartisano served as Superintendent of Schools in Miller Place for 10 years (2012-2022). Her business official experience includes nine years as Deputy Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Business in Miller Place and seven years as the Assistant Superintendent of Business at the Rocky Point School District. Dr. Cartisano received the New York State 2022 Woman of Distinction Award in honor of her lifetime achievement in the public service sector. She is also a recipient of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s honorary lifetime membership award in recognition of her leadership service.
“We are thrilled that these two extraordinary educators and administrators are joining our District,” noted Colin Palmer, Riverhead Board of Education President. “These two individuals bring a wealth of experience in school leadership and financial acumen to our District. They will provide us with a level of stability we need to steer our District in a direction that will effectively support the educational programming and services we offer our students and the Riverhead community. We are confident they will be able to bring a sense of collaboration and focus to the operations of our District that will have positive impacts on the effective functioning of our central administration offices as well as forge a sense of unity Districtwide that will benefit the education and well-being of our students and staff.”