Honors Overflow at Sewanhaka Board Meeting
It was a night chockful of recognition when the Board of Education met for its Oct. 30 meeting.
The evening began with 11 educators from the district being recognized for completing an Adelphi Diversity Certificate Program in the 2017-18 school year. To earn the certificate each participant attended seven, three-hour classroom workshops and completed a Capstone experience.
“The staff participation at Adelphi and at Reimagining Education Summer Institute at Columbia’s Teachers College will be most helpful in educating our faculty about racial literacy and stress the importance of awareness, reflecting and building relationships in the classroom,” Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Kathleen Sottile said.
The district was also given a facsimile check for $1.4 million from Cenergistic, which represented savings resulting from the Energy Performance Contract and an energy initiative that included the use of LED lighting and new thermostat controls.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie then recognized Dr. Regina Huffman, the district’s coordinator of science and chairperson of science at Elmont Memorial, for being appointed as president of the School Administrators Association of New York State.
“That’s a very important role and to have Sewanhaka represented in that leadership role is really outstanding,” Dr. Ferrie said. “I am certain that her leadership skills and commitment to providing the best education possible for all students will help in empowering SAANYS in achieving their innovative goals, which is to ensure effective educational programs for our students throughout the state.”
The meeting continued with 15 National Merit Scholars representing all five of the district’s schools being honored, and special recognition for New Hyde Park Memorial student Nicholas Marsh, an Eagle Scout candidate who completed his eagle project at the Central Administration building. Nicholas planted mums and refurbished the area around the American flag.
Members of the Board of Education received small tokens of appreciation to commemorate the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the members of our Board of Education for not only serving on one but two school boards and for their dedication and support in providing the best education possible for our 8,515 students in the Sewanhaka Central High School District and the students that attend each of their component districts,” Dr. Ferrie said.
Board of Education President David Del Santo announced that Dr. Ferrie was named a recipient of the 2018 NYSCATE Outstanding Superintendent Award. Dr. Ferrie was nominated by his colleagues due to his leadership in the implementation and advancement of the great strides that have been made by the district in the field of technology.