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Port Chester Appoints New King Street Principal

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — The Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District found a new principal right in its backyard as Samuel Guy Ortiz of Rye Brook was named to lead King Street Elementary School.

Ortiz, a New York City school administrator, will replace retiring King Street Principal Dolores Obuch , who held the post for 16 years. The Board of Education announced the appointment Thursday night.

"Mr. Ortiz possesses a strong background of successful elementary education leadership that will benefit our students for years to come," said Superintendent Edward Kliszus. "Mr. Ortiz was the unanimous choice of the interview committee led by Frank Fanelli. After interviewing him myself, I enthusiastically concurred with the committee’s choice."

Ortiz has seven years of administrative experience in New York City and since 2007 has served as the principal of PS 154 in Brooklyn. Last year under Ortiz, PS 154 achieved the highest test scores of all Brooklyn elementary schools on the fourth grade ELA and math exams.

"I want to thank the board for the opportunity to join the administrative team. As a resident of Rye Brook with two preschool-age children who will eventually attend the Port Chester schools, I am both professionally and personally invested in the success of our school district," said Ortiz.

Ortiz will take over as King Street School principal starting July 1.

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