Dear Parents and Community Members,
On behalf of the entire Board of Education, I hope the end of the school year finds you well. Reflecting back on the past year, our students have demonstrated tremendous effort and success in all areas – academics, the arts, athletics and their commitment to bettering the community. I thank parents and community residents for your continuous support of our district and participation within our schools. Education is truly a partnership and the Board looks forward to continuing this partnership as our district transitions to new leadership.
As you know, our district’s current superintendent of schools is retiring effective June 30, 2015. In response, the Board of Education will conduct a thorough and deliberative search in order to hire a superintendent who understands the needs of our school community, brings expertise to our administration and will work closely with our staff and parents for the benefit of our children.
As the search process is expected to be extensive, we must appoint an interim superintendent of schools to ensure a smooth transition in a variety of areas. The interim will work with the administration and Board of Education in leading the district, work with the staff and entire school community to further our programs and services for children, and lead the district in its implementation of full-day kindergarten by September 2015.
We are especially pleased to announce that our former superintendent, Leon J. Campo, will serve in the role of interim superintendent for the 2015-16 school year. Mr. Campo spent 35 years of his career in the East Meadow School District and holds both teaching and administrative experience – a background that is essential in our district’s transition. Mr. Campo is a district resident who has helped build our school district into an outstanding institution that provides for the needs of our children within the resources of our taxpayers. His open door policy and history of full disclosure reflect the Board of Education’s intent regarding these vital matters.
We welcome Mr. Campo, who will assume official duties effective July 1, 2015. While he will not begin until July, Mr. Campo will begin to transition into his role during the month of June, at which time he will begin to meet with administrators, staff, parent organizations and community groups. Based on my discussions with him, I know that one of his top priorities is to meet with as many staff members and community groups as possible, as he is anxious to rekindle a working partnership with our school community at the earliest opportunity.
On behalf of the Board of Education, please accept our commitment to dialogue and work with you to ensure that the 2015-16 school year benefits our children and the entire school community.
Joseph Parisi, President
Board of Education