Scotland shuffle: Pisseri rescinds offer, Villanueva picked as new interim principal

Dr. Alison Villanueva has been named the new principal of Scotland Elementary School.
Dr. Alison Villanueva has been named the new principal of Scotland Elementary School.

Scotland Elementary School will be getting a new principal — just not the one parents and kids originally thought.

Incoming principal of Scotland Elementary School Michael Pisseri, who was hired by the district on Nov. 21, has withdrawn his acceptance of the position.

That lead Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote to name Dr. Alison Villanueva as interim principal of Scotland on Friday, Dec. 14, effective immediately. She will replace outgoing interim principal William Santarsiero who was hired back in August.

Villanueva is currently the district’s humanities supervisor. The district has not confirmed how long she will be on special assignment leading Scotland. 

“It is with a joyful heart and great honor to become a member of the Scotland community as interim principal of SES,” said Villanueva in a letter to the community. “I am so proud to be joining a school with such outstanding achievements and a vibrant future. It is clear that SES is a school to be celebrated for its excellence and achievements.”

Attempts to reach Pisseri Monday morning were unsuccessful. 

Pisseri, the current principal of Davenport Ridge Elementary School in Stamford, was picked to be Scotland's full-time principal five months after the position that was left vacated by former principal Joanna Genovese.

Scotland parents called for Genovese's removal in June 2018, citing negligence to children’s safety in school and inappropriate behavior on social media.

Genovese resigned from the post in late July.