Huntington School Board Names Superintendent, Deputy

Chris Hender

Beth Anne McCoy was named superintendent of the Huntington school district Monday night, effective immediately.

The Huntington Board of Education also appointed Christopher Hender deputy superintendent.

McCoy takes over from Dr. Alan Groveman, who was named interim superintendent in May after the resignation of Superintendent Christian Bowen.

In 2017, McCoy was appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the district. She previously worked as executive manager of curriculum, instruction and technology at Nassau BOCES,  as principal of Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in Plainedge for six years and the assistant principal of Eastport Elementary School during the 2006/07 school year.

Hender taught in the district for several years before becoming district’s human resources administrator and then assistant superintendent for human resources and general administration in 2022. He earned SEPTA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2016 and was recognized by graduating high school seniors as a Distinguished Teacher.

” I consider myself extremely lucky to work in a place with such dedicated and caring staff, who go above and beyond to ensure our students success.  Building and maintaining positive relationships with our staff remains a top priority in my new role.  I will continue to support each and every one of you as the head of Human Resources while assuming some additional supervisory responsibilities,” Hender said.

The board also bade farewell to trustee Christine Biernacki, who is retiring as of July 1. Two former leaders of the district, former board president Jen Hebert and retired Superintendent Jams W. Polansky, made surprise appearances to thank her for her nine years of service as a trustee.

Chris Biernacki with former superintendent James W. Polansky. HuntingtonNow photos

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