NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New Rochelle Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak read a statement at the close of tonight's school board meeting announcing his resignation effect June 30, 2014 which is the last day of his current contract.
Organisciak left open the possibility he may leave sooner due to continuing medical issues which caused him miss several weeks of school after surgery in March.
Rumors have circulated for months that Organisciak would use up his remaining sick days to end his tenure this fall, possibly December and even as early as October. The rumor mill had Organisciak being replaced by Assistant Superintendent Diane Massimo on an interim basis with Isaac E. Young Principal Dr. Anthony Bongo stepping into the Assistant Superintendent position with responsibility for New Rochelle High School, Special Education and Pupil Services.
A number of newer board members did not support Organisciak when they joined the board over the past couple of years and support waned for Organisciak among board members with more seniority. Organisciak was formally notified that his contract would not be renewed in the past few months. While Organisciak has been seriously ill and has had serious medical issues in the past, the Superintendent had opened to continue in office. His decision to use up remaining sick days and leave six to eight months before his contract ends is a reflection both of his medical condition and his displeasure and not being renewed under his contract.
The board has not announced plans to begin a search to replace Organisciak.