Niskayuna – Niskayuna Central School District superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., informed the district’s Board of Education Tuesday night that he had accepted the same position with the New Hartford Central School District in Oneida County.
Tangorra has served the district since 2015. In a letter to the community, he explained that he had not been actively searching for new opportunities but when approached decided the move was best for himself and his family.
“This does not make leaving Niskayuna any easier,” Tangorra said in the letter to the community. “In addition to the progress that we made together in that time, I have personally enjoyed working with all of you — outstanding students, faculty and staff, caring and committed families, and a community that supports and values education. I also deeply believe that we are headed in the right direction as a school system when you consider the exciting capital project, our equity and anti-racism work, and ongoing efforts to advance our program and increase support for students. This is all a credit to the work of hundreds of stakeholders.”
Before Niskayuna, Tangorra served the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District as superintendent from 2002-2004, along with serving as a building principal during his career. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Capital Region colleges — Siena, The College of St. Rose, and The Sage Colleges, respectively.
The move to New Hartford, just southwest of Utica, is not to unfamiliar territory. Tangorra received his associate’s degree from Herkimer County Community College. As an educator, he was previously superintendent of Ilion/Central Valley Central School District, as well as working in the Little Falls City School District and for Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-
Tangorra’s tentative first day at New Hartford will be Oct. 6.