West New York Board of Education names Clara Brito Herrera next superintendent


After West New York Superintendent of Schools John Fauta announced in December he would be retiring at the end of the school year, the board of education has now appointed Clara Brito Herrera as his successor. 

Clara Brito Herrera

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Herrera is the current assistant superintendent of educational and personnel services in the West New York school district.

Fauta praised the board’s selection of Herrera when speaking with Hudson County View over the phone.

“She is extremely capable, I’m very satisfied with the board’s pick. She’s been in the district a long time, served in nine different positions, she will be an asset [for the school district].”

The board of education passed a resolution appointing Herrera at last night’s meeting by a vote of 6-0-3, with trustees Matthew Cheng, Joan Palermo and Adam Parkinson abstaining.

Three other educators, along with Herrera, applied for the position: Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Robert Sanchez, Scott Cannao, a former Memorial High School principal and the assistant principal of Public School No. 5 and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Anastasia Olivero.


  1. Ms. Brita-Herrera, as a member of the WNY Planning Board has demonstrated knowledge,professionalism, and a degree of autonomy not demonstrated from other administration-appointed members. I wish her well in her new position.

    • Mr. Parkinson’s abstention in this matter shows he takes board bi-laws as seriously, if not more seriously than his fellow administration-supported board members.

  2. If being roques campaign treasurer and working the election and making sure you control fauta and beyond Adrienne sires friend earn you the job, then yes she earned it.

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