PELHAM, N.Y. -- Prospect Hill Elementary School Principal Richard Limato said he plans to retire effective June 30, after 21 years with the school.
“It is challenging to say goodbye, yet the time has come for me to transition to a new chapter in life,” Limato said in a statement. “I do so with heartfelt gratitude for my years of service at Prospect Hill School, and fond memories, these years have been the most professionally rewarding of my career. I could not reflect on my 20 years in Pelham without honoring those of you, and the long line of Prospect Hill families who have brightened my life in countless ways.”
Limato began as principal of Prospect Hill in 1996.
Peter Giarrizzo, superintendent of the Pelham Union Free School District, said, “Dr. Limato has been a fine principal for many, many years. His ability to lead and connect with the students, staff and the community is remarkable and he will be sorely missed by the district. The Board of Education and I extend our best wishes and sincerest thanks to Dr. Limato and his family as they embark on this exciting new chapter.”
The school district and board of education will immediately begin a nationwide search for a replacement and will engage the community as well as faculty and staff in the process, the district said.
A new Prospect Hill principal could be announced by early May, allowing time to transition with Limato.