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Dr. Grossane Appointed As Superintendent

Effective July 1, James J. Grossane, Ed.D., will take the helm as Superintendent of Schools for the Sewanhaka Central High School District. He was unanimously appointed to the position by the Board of Education at its March 12 meeting and will be taking the reins from retiring superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie.

Dr. Grossane is in his fifth year serving as superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District and had previously served as superintendent of the Levittown Public Schools. With more than 35 years of experience in education, including time as an adjunct professor at Nassau Community College, he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this new role. Dr. Grossane holds a doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University.

During his time in Smithtown, Dr. Grossane has implemented many successful and accelerated programs, including Project Lead the Way for grades K-12, and instituted a five-year comprehensive curriculum review cycle. He also worked closely with the community during a plan to redistrict after closing an elementary school for more efficient and fiscally responsible operations.

“I am incredibly grateful to the Smithtown community, Board and administrators who have allowed me to lead and grow with them the last five years,” Dr. Grossane shared. “While I will be sad to leave this community, I am excited to begin a new journey in July with the Sewanhaka Central High School District. I look forward to working with the exceptional team of teachers and administrators that Dr. Ferrie has cultivated there and to continue to lead the district on its trajectory of success.”