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Longobardi Retires from Pelham Middle School

PELHAM, N.Y. – Joseph Longobardi, the principal of Pelham Middle School for 20 years, has submitted his resignation and he will retire effective June 30.

In an email to Pelham Middle School parents, he said that he felt “extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of this community for all of these years.”

Longobardi, whose career in education spanned 39 years, graduated from Marist College in 1973. His first job out of college was at Hutchinson School as a special education teacher and acting principal from 1982-1983. He went on to become the principal of Colonial Elementary in 1983 and then Siwanoy Elementary.

In 1993, he became the Pelham Middle School principal and during his tenure as principal, the school received the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award.

Below is the full email to parents announcing his retirement:

“As many of you know, I have had a long and wonderful career as both a teacher and school principal in the Pelham Schools. My career started in 1973 at Hutchinson School as a special education teacher, where I also served as acting principal. I went on to be principal of Colonial and Siwanoy Schools and for the past 20 years, I have been here at the Pelham Middle School,” said Longobardi.

“I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of this community for all of these years.  I have had the opportunity to play a role in the education of generations of children and to work with scores of outstanding teachers and staff who have dedicated their lives to our schools.  I will always be appreciative to the entire community of Pelham for the support and kindness they have extended to me and my family throughout the years.  Pelham will always have a special place in my heart!”

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