Schools: End of Term Brings Leadership Changes

As the school term comes to an end, several districts are in the midst of picking new superintendents for the coming years.

Northport’s Board of Education will convene Tuesday night and is expected to go into executive session to “discuss matters leading to the appointment of a particular person (superintendent search),” a public notice reads. The board needs to find a successor to Robert Banzer, who is retiring.

The  Northport board, led by president Larry Licopoli, who has served as a  superintendent in Peekskill, Arlington and Mineola,  will meet at 6 p.m. and decide on switching to the executive session.

Elwood needs a successor to Dr. Kenneth Bossert, who announced last week that he will be moving to the Great Neck school district in July.

Huntington also needs a new superintendent, to succeed James W. Polansky, who will retire as of Sept.1. Polansky previously served as Walt Whitman High School principal and as assistant superintendent for personnel and district service in the South Huntington district before moving to Huntington in 2011.

Leaving South Huntington

South Huntington is losing deputy superintendent Dr. Joseph Centamore, who will take over as superintendent of the Connetquot district, succeeding Dr. Lynda G. Adams, who is retiring June 30. 

Dr. Rubie Harris

Change at Huntington

Dr.  Kathleen Acker, who served as Huntington’s assistant superintendent for finance and management services, since 2015, is retiring, and will be succeeded by Dr. Rubie Harris. Acker previously was principal of Walt Whitman High School and. Harris served as Grand Island Central School District’s assistant superintendent of business and finance since August 2018.

New to Elwood

Lindsay Fritch has been appointed as the new assistant principal of Elwood-John H. Glenn High School, effective July 1. She replaces Michael Baio, who was named an interim assistant principal last year upon the promotion of Corey McNamara to John Glenn principal. Fritch comes to Elwood from the South Country School District.

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