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Board appoints new Hughes principal


On Dec. 20, the New Hartford Central School District Board of Education appointed Michele Pilla to be the next E.R. Hughes Elementary School principal.

Mrs. Pilla will start on Jan. 23, 2023.

“I am excited to begin this new chapter in my educational career and positively impact the lives of children and families in the E.R. Hughes community,” Mrs. Pilla said.

Mrs. Pilla grew up in Utica and attended Notre Dame High School.  From there, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary and Special Education at Niagara University.

Mrs. PIlla brings to New Hartford 23 years of experience working in education.

For the first 16 years of her career, Mrs. Pilla taught third, fourth and sixth grade in the Utica City School District. She also served as an Academic Intervention Specialist for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. While she was a teacher, she earned her Master of Science Degree in Reading from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Mrs. Pilla received her Certificate of Advanced Study as a School Building Leader from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and spent the last seven years as the Harry M. Fisher Elementary School principal in the Central Valley Central School District in Herkimer County.

“Michele brings a wealth of experience to the position, and I believe she is a great fit for the New Hartford Central School District,” New Hartford Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. said.

Mrs. Pilla lives in Whitesboro with her husband Mike, their two children, 16-year-old Giavanna and 13-year-old Michael, and their goldendoodle named Bentley.