South Huntington school board trustee Edward J. Nitkewicz has been awarded this year’s winner of the president’s award from the New York State School Board Association.
Edward J. Nitkewicz was recognized for his work on behalf of students with special needs.
The President’s Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions toward the betterment of public education in New York.
Nitkewicz, who has been a boad trustee for 11 years, began his work as an advocate for children with special needs more than 20 years ago when his son, Edward, was diagnosed with autism. He is an attorney who frequently represents families in need of special education services.
“Ed is the culmination of everything you think a good school board member and dad should be,” said Fred Langstaff, NYSSBA president. “His deep devotion to ensuring that all students with disabilities have the opportunity to excel in the public school system is a shining example for all of us as school board members.”
The South Huntington Union Free School District said Nitkewicz brings “a sense of stability and reassurance to the community . Special education is the cornerstone of Mr. Nitkewicz’s heart and soul; his commitment and dedication will long be remembered by countless parents.”
Nitkewicz will be honored in a virtual presentation accessible from the dashboard of the 2020 Annual Convention & Education Expo, which will be held online in October.
He has also served with a number of community organizations focused on helping children with autism and other special needs. He has been active in raising funds for a number of these organizations including serving as chair for the Autism Speaks Walk on Long Island and chair of the fundraising committee for the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Stony Brook University.
A partner and senior trial attorney at Paul J. Ajlouny & Associates, His practice includes personal injury law, education law and other areas.