Cold Spring Harbor Names New Superintendent

The Cold Spring Harbor school board appointed Joseph Monastero Monday  as superintendent, effective July 1.

He succeeds Jill Gierasch, who announced her retirement in March after three years as superintendent.

Monastero has worked in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District since 1998.

He is currently executive director for instructional and administrative technology since 2017. Before that, he served as Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School assistant principal, technology coordinator and social studies teacher at Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School.

“Joe’s deep understanding of Cold Spring Harbor Schools and our traditions and his
commitment to excellence were paramount in our selection of Joe as our next superintendent of schools,” Board of Education President Alex Whelehan said. “We look forward to seeing our district continue to thrive and excel under his leadership.”

“I would like to thank the board of education for their confidence in my ability to
serve as superintendent of schools,” Monastero said. “I am enthusiastic about bringing my vision, experience and dedication to my new role as we move forward together toward unprecedented levels of educational excellence for our students along with ongoing community involvement. As a life-long learner, my commitment to personal and professional growth has equipped me with the insights and adaptability to successfully navigate the complexities of a modern educational environment.”

He earned a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Master of Arts in liberal studies, a School District Administration Certificate and a Certificate in Educational Computing from Stony Brook University.

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