River Vale names next superintendent

River Vale names next superintendent
Posted on 01/06/2021
M. SignoreOur district’s next superintendent will be a familiar face to many in the school community.

Woodside Elementary Principal Melissa Signore will lead River Vale Public Schools beginning July 1. The Board of Education voted to appoint Mrs. Signore at its Jan. 5 reorganization meeting. She will take over from Dr. Frank Alvarez, who was named interim superintendent in July 2019 and will stay in that position through the end of this school year.

A search is underway for a new leader at Woodside, where Mrs. Signore has been principal since 2015.

River Vale searched far and wide for a new superintendent before selecting an educator who is already familiar to our school community. In consultation with a professional search firm, the district received
and reviewed more than 50 applications. Signore was among seven candidates interviewed for the

Mrs. Signore previously worked with River Vale district teachers in her role as Regional Instruction and
Curriculum Coordinator at Pascack Valley Regional High School District. The PVRHS Curriculum Office
was established to ensure proper preparation for the high school level among Pascack Valley’s four
sending districts.

Mrs. Signore is a trusted educational trainer, particularly in the areas of collaboration, communication,
and critical and creative thinking, and she continues to present at local and national conferences. She
has been an inspiring leader at Woodside, developing strategies for 21st Century learning, including an
innovation period that allows our students in both elementary schools to learn through hands-on

Mrs. Signore will lead the district at a time of both change and potential. River Vale continues working to
safely and effectively serve our students during the pandemic, and looking to the future by planning a
bond referendum that addresses critical building needs, student wellness and flexible learning

"It’s been a wonderful experience to serve as principal of one of our schools, and it is a privilege to now
be able to support the entire district and greater community,” Mrs. Signore said. “I look forward to
working with all stakeholders including our administrative team, teachers, and community to create
opportunities for all to thrive."
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