SARATOGA SPRINGS -- An assistant superintendent at the Saratoga Springs City School District has been selected to be the district's next leader.
Michael Piccirillo will take over as superintendent when Janice White retires in July, the president of the school board announced Thursday. Piccirillo, 49, has been the district's assistant superintendent of secondary education since 2007.
He said he intends to stress a 21st century curriculum as superintendent and foster respectful student attitudes.
"This is an excellent school district," Piccirillo said. "There is a real solid foundation to work from, and I want to build on that."
Piccirillo began his career in education 25 years ago as a social studies teacher. He has worked at numerous area districts, including North Warren and Lake George. He came to Saratoga in 2007 from Guilderland High School, where he served as principal.
In July 2010, he was appointed superintendent of the South Glens Falls school district after a lengthy search. He turned the position down days later, however, and the district did not fill the position for nearly another year.
The superintendent selection in Saratoga Springs was made following an internal search, said Regina Gapczynski, president of the Board of Education. She said it was not necessary to interview candidates from outside the district because of the associated costs and the quality of internal applicants.
The board will vote to officially promote Piccirillo at its meeting on Tuesday.
"The board is unanimous in its belief that Mike Piccirillo is the right person at the right time with the right qualifications," Gapczynski said.
Piccirillo earns about $136,000 as an assistant superintendent. The salary he will receive as superintendent has not been finalized, Gapczynski said. The internal job posting listed the position's minimum salary at $160,000, increasing with experience.
White's salary in her final year as superintendent is $171,000. She announced in October that she would retire effective July 1 after six years as superintendent.