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Athletic Honors and a Bittersweet Farewell at BOE Meeting

Members of the Board of Education celebrated the district’s athletic directors and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie at their June 18 meeting.

The evening began with Dr. Ferrie commending all five high schools, Elmont Memorial, Floral Park Memorial, H. Frank Carey, New Hyde Park Memorial and Sewanhaka, for being honored for excellence in their respective athletic programs at the Nassau County Public High School Athletic Association Section VIII meeting on June 5. These awards recognized each school’s exemplary displays of sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.

District Athletic Director Matt McLees, as well as building athletics directors Christopher Agostino (Elmont), Lawrence Doreson (Floral Park), Theresa Schmidt (H. Frank Carey), TJ Burke (New Hyde Park Memorial) and John Niven (Sewanhaka), were applauded at the meeting. They then presented Dr. Ferrie with a plaque for his contributions to the districts’ student-athletes.

“Although you have only been here for eight years, the impact you have had on our district in terms of athletics will last far, far longer – our new athletic fields, our weight rooms, locker rooms, tracks, trainers, training rooms, etc.,” McLees said. “We want you to know how much we appreciated your leadership, your guidance, as well as your support of our student athletes. One of the things we will also take away from you is that no one is more important than the child.”

Members of the Board of Education presented a Distinguished Service Resolution into the minutes to thank Dr. Ferrie for his efforts on behalf of all the district’s students and the surrounding communities. They also shared their best wishes on his retirement, as did former BOE President David Fowler.

“Dr. Ferrie came in with a vision and he delivered in every facet. His hard work and diligence was always student centered,” Mr. Fowler said.

“It’s been my honor to serve as superintendent in this wonderful district. There are wonderful teachers, administrators, custodians, support staff, food services, outstanding parents in all of the communities and, most importantly, beautiful, beautiful students,” Dr. Ferrie said.

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