By Kate Bunster
NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Board of Education announced Joseph R. DiCaprio as the new principal of Rosendale Elementary School at its Nov. 10 meeting.
He will begin this role Dec. 14, taking the place of interim principal Fran Reinl.
Three committees throughout the Niskayuna community were involved in the selection process. Members included Rosendale teachers, staff, parents and alumni, district principals, central office administrators and Board of Education representatives.
DiCaprio comes from Schenectady City School District, where he has served as principal at Pleasant Valley for four years and most recently, at Woodlawn Elementary School for two years. Part of the interview process required him to observe a lesson at Rosendale.
“We are very excited to be filling this position with a proven leader who is enthusiastic about helping all students reach their potential and the teamwork that requires,” Niskayuna Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr. said in a news release. “Our school principals are important leaders in our community, and we believe that Joe will be an asset not just to Rosendale, but to our district and the leadership team.”
DiCaprio has two children who attend Rosendale and one who attends Iroquois.
“I enter this position with incredible admiration for the record of academic success and the sense of community that has been nurtured at Rosendale by generations of teachers, parents, principals, and students,” DiCaprio said in a news release.
“I am thrilled and honored by the opportunity to become part of this fine tradition and continue this record of achievement as principal. I plan to work with everyone to ensure that Rosendale remains a place where students love to come and parents know their children will be supported and cared for as they learn and grow.”