Ray Giamartino Jr. has been appointed as the new superintendent of the East Rochester School District.

Pending contract negotiations by the school board, Ray Giamartino Jr. will begin serving as the East Rochester School District’s new superintendent July 1.

“Our entire board is excited about the skills and practical experience that Dr. Giamartino will bring to our school district,”  Board of Education President Terrence Brown-Steiner said in a statement released Monday. “We believe he is the right person for the job at the right time. Dr. Giamartino is highly qualified and has shown a deep caring for and understanding of our unique school district.”
Giamartino currently serves as the chief of schools and northeast zone superintendent for Rochester City Schools.

Giamartino was appointed at Tuesday's school board meeting.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to transition into such a successful school district with an exceptional history, led by a high-functioning school board,” Giamartino stated. “It’s an exciting time for me and I look forward to working with the school staff, administration and the entire community to further foster the positive development of the East Rochester Union Free School District to prepare our kids to be post-secondary ready.”

Giamartino was selected from a group of four finalists. The others were Carol Pallas, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Greece school district; Cindy DeDominick, superintendent of Madison Central Schools; and Gene Mancuso, assistant superintendent for instruction for the Penfield district. The four finalists visited the district and met with administrators, teachers, staff, students and members of the community earlier this month.

Parent Teacher Association co-president Kristina Lantzky-Eaton said the PTA is excited about Giamartino’s selection.

“He brings a wealth of experience not only as an administrator, but also as a teacher and a parent,” Lantzky-Eaton said. “We feel that he will work closely with the community to support the education of our children.”

Giamartino’s duties with city schools include responsibility for the direct supervision of 20 schools. He also measures student progress and has experience in the budget process, staff allocations, operations, maintenance and facilities budgeting.

Giamartino was an associate professor of education at St. John Fisher College from 2005 to 2008. He previously was the director of student performance in Churchville-Chili Central Schools and principal of Parkland-Brookside Elementary School in the Greece district.

Giamartino received his bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College; a master’s in education from Syracuse University; a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational administration at SUNY Brockport and his doctorate in education from the University of Rochester.

The application process opened in October to replace East Rochester Superintendent Howard Maffucci, who announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

Maffucci, a native of New York City, has spent more than 18 years of his career at East Rochester schools, including the last 14 as superintendent.