District Appoints New Superintendent:

Welcome Back, Dr. Paul Fanuele!

Dr. Paul Fanuele
At its December 10th meeting at Todd Middle School, the Spackenkill Union Free School District Board of Education named Dr. Paul Fanuele as the next Superintendent of Schools, starting July 1st, 2020, to succeed Dr. Mark Villanti, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Fanuele currently is the Executive Principal in the Arlington Central School District. The selection is the result of a lengthy search that produced some 50 qualified applicants from diverse professional backgrounds.

“We are extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of this search process,” said Board President Tom Keith. “After months of deliberation, the Board selected Dr. Fanuele as the best candidate to carry forward the vision of the district. His track record from the Arlington Central School District and his previous role as Principal of Spackenkill High School, from 2006 to 2012, demonstrate his capability to lead this outstanding school system toward its goals and carry on the tradition of excellence for which Spackenkill is known. We are excited to welcome him back.”   

Dr. Fanuele completed the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College and holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration and Supervision from the State University of New York College at New Paltz. He also earned a Master in the Art of Teaching: Social Studies Education from SUNY New Paltz and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Scranton. Dr. Fanuele has served as President of the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position and embrace the opportunity to return to serve as an educational leader and complete my professional journey,” said Dr. Fanuele. “I value the strong sense of community that permeates the district and seek to build upon current initiatives and the efforts that I contributed to as a member of the Spackenkill team.”

About Us

Known for its long tradition of excellence and high standards, the Spackenkill Union Free School District is a K–12 public school district located in the western part of Dutchess County, New York. It was established in 1866 and has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to four schools serving some 1,500 students. The district prides itself on being a small community, where families know each other, enhancing the spirit of a shared vision. READ MORE ABOUT THE DISTRICT...

Mission Statement:
Inspired by a tradition of excellence and a spirit of continuous improvement, the Spackenkill School District will provide all of our students with the academic and social skills necessary to pursue their goals and become responsible citizens in an interdependent global community.



District Office
Phone: 1-845-463-7800
Fax: 1-845-463-7804

Spackenkill High School
Phone: 1-845-463-7810
Fax: 1-845-463-7826

Todd Middle  School
Phone: 1-845-463-7830
Fax: 1-845-463-7832

Hagan Elementary School
Phone: 1-845-463-7840
Fax: 1-845-463-7881

Nassau Elementary School
Phone: 1-845-463-7843
Fax: 1-845-463-7842

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Immunization Records

All required New York State immunizations records are due in the health office by September 18, 2019. Failure to comply with New York State requirements can lead to your child being excluded from school as of September 19, 2019.  Any questions in regard to this can be directed to your child's school nurse.

Nora Bergstraser, MSN, RN (Nassau): 463-6390

Sharon Dooley-Russo, RN (Hagan): 463-8398

Alyssa Karcz, RN (Todd): 463-6527

Elizabeth Giancaspro, BSN, RN (SHS): 463-2043

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