Webutuck welcomes new super

Webutuck has brought a few new people on board just in time for the new school year, including a new superintendent and a new intermediate principal. Jim Gratto, above, was recently hired as the new superintendent. He signed a three-year contract, which will bring him through the 2013-14 school year. Photo By Stefanie Giglio

WEBUTUCK — James Gratto Jr. began his first day as the new superintendent of North East (Webutuck) Central School District on Thursday, Sept. 1.

David Paciencia has been serving as the interim superintendent since Friday, July 1, when the previous superintendent, Steven Schoonmaker, left his position.

Paciencia will stay on as a mentor to Gratto to ensure a smooth transition. Paciencia said that there is currently no set length for the mentorship and it will continue on a week-by-week basis.

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