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CCCSD names Dr. Carmine Peluso as next superintendent

The Churchville-Chili Board of Education has selected Dr. Carmine Peluso as the next superintendent of the Churchville-Chili Central School District, pending formal appointment to the position. He will begin his new role on July 1, 2024. Dr. Peluso will succeed Dr. Lori Orologio who is retiring on June 30, 2024.

“On behalf of the Board of Education we are excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Peluso,” said Churchville-Chili School Board President Kathleen Dillon. “He brings a wide variety of experiences and a skill set that will take our district to the next level! We look forward to a smooth transition in leadership. The Board thanks Dr. Orologio for her leadership and dedication to our district. We wish her the very best as she begins a new chapter in her life.”

“I am excited to become a part of the Churchville-Chili Central School District,” said Dr. Peluso. “I look forward to meeting the students, staff, and families in our schools and community. I am committed to working with the administrative team and Superintendent Orologio to ensure a seamless transition.”

Dr. Peluso has 25 years of experience serving students, families and school communities in various districts. He is currently superintendent of the Rochester City School District. During his time as superintendent, he helped stabilize the budget, reconfigure the district, settle collective bargaining agreements, led planning for a $475 million facilities modernization program, and created a new strategic plan. Before serving as a superintendent, Dr. Peluso was a deputy superintendent, chief of schools, principal, assistant principal and teacher. As principal, he led Dr. Louis A. Cerulli Elementary School from the NYS Receivership list, out of “Priority School” status and into “Good Standing.” Dr. Peluso also served in Churchville-Chili Central School District as an assistant principal, Pittsford Schools as an assistant principal, East Rochester Schools as a principal, and was a teacher in Pittsford Schools and the Rochester City School District.

Dr. Peluso earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Distributive Education from Nazareth University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. John Fisher University, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Leadership from Niagara University, and a Doctorate in Education from St. John Fisher University. He has been on the Rochester Business Journal Power 100 list for the 2023 and 2024 years. He earned the Distinguished Leadership Award from St. John Fisher University in 2003 and the Distinguished Leadership Alumnus Award in 2015.

Dr. Peluso’s wife (Tiffani) is an elementary school teacher, and they have two sons, Nicholas (20) and Michael (18).

The Board would like to thank Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES District Superintendent and Search Consultant Jo Anne L. Antonacci for her assistance throughout the search process.

Letter to the Community

Dear Churchville-Chili Community,

As you may be aware, Superintendent Dr. Lori Orologio announced her decision to retire June 30, 2024. The Churchville-Chili Board recognizes Dr. Orologio for her 19 years of service to the district including the last 10 as Superintendent. Best wishes are extended to Lori and her family.

In my role as BOCES 2 District Superintendent, I will serve as the search consultant and assist the Churchville-Chili Board in a confidential search process for the next Superintendent. In this capacity, the consultant guides the district through a process that outlines candidate qualifications, publicizes the opening, and provides a timeline and review process for the board to select the next Superintendent.

Community input is a key component to a successful search.  The feedback submitted to us via the Community Survey (which closed on Jan. 12) will be shared with the Churchville-Chili Board of Education to assist them in the selection process. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their ideas and comments.

The goal is to have a new Superintendent in place by July 1, 2024. Please direct all questions or comments to me at 585-352-2411 or

On behalf of the Churchville-Chili Board, I thank you in advance for your input and support.

Jo Anne L. Antonacci                                                          
Superintendent and Search Consultant                     
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES           

Headshot of Carmine Peluso

Selection Timeline

December 2023
Staff and community survey distributed
(deadline: January 12, 2024)

January/February 2024
Application window
(deadline: February 9, 2024)

March 2024
Board to conduct interviews

April 2024
Board of Education appoints new superintendent

July 1, 2024
Anticipated start date