The Glen Cove school board announced at its Feb. 25 meeting that Maria L. Rianna, a veteran educational administrator, has been appointed superintendent, replacing Joseph A. Laria, who has retired. Rianna’s appointment becomes effective July 1.
“All seven of us board members are excited about the recommendation,” said Board President Joel Sunshine. “We were quite thrilled with the candidate pool as many qualified people were presented to us. Rianna has vast knowledge and experience in all areas of educational management and operations. She is very strong in curriculum, and demonstrated to us that she is not only smart and decisive, but a wonderful human being. We felt she embodied every one of the characteristics described as desirable by our community members. She is the right fit for Glen Cove and we look forward to working with her to accomplish great things for our children.”
Sunshine added that they had expected the search to take longer, but once the board members had agreed that they had found they person, they wanted to hire her immediately.
Trustee David Huggins said that, though he had a plane to catch later in the evening, he wanted to make sure he was present for the vote, which was unanimous. He left shortly after the recommendation was passed.
A veteran educator and administrator, Rianna has successfully served as an assistant/deputy superintendent since 2000.
Since 2011, Rianna has been the assistant superintendent for instruction and administration for the Smithtown Central School District, in charge of all aspects of the K-12 instructional program in a district comprised of 13 schools. Her additional responsibilities include the creation and supervision of the district budget pertaining to program; supervision and evaluation of all building and district-level curriculum administrators; implementation of all professional development; and participation in negotiations of labor agreements.
“I am honored to be the next superintendent of the Glen Cove School District. My thanks go out to each and every board member for showing faith in me to lead this school system at a time when new Common Core Standards are being implemented and challenges in public education become more complex,” said Rianna.
Prior to Smithtown, she served as assistant superintendent and later deputy superintendent of the Port Jefferson School District. With similar responsibilities as those held in Smithtown, following her promotion to deputy, Rianna’s role expanded to include recruitment of instructional staff, participation and input into district capital projects and assisting the superintendent of schools in all aspects of district operations.
Rianna also served as director of special education for the William Floyd School District, responsible for a $15 million special education budget and charged with the task of aligning the special education curriculum with the ever-evolving, more rigorous New York State standards.
She also served as both the assistant director for special education as well as the coordinator for ELA, Reading, Preschool and Special Grants in the Patchogue-Medford School District where she taught elementary special education and later developed master schedules and coordinated pupil personnel services as dean of students at the middle and high school levels. Rianna began her career as an assistant special education teacher at Herricks High School in 1982.
This spring Rianna anticipates completing her doctoral program at Hofstra University, where she also completed her business administrator’s certification. She earned her professional diploma from C.W. Post and received both her masters and bachelor degrees from Adelphi University.
The board also awarded a bid to Nickerson Corp. in the amount of $131,384.71 for the high school lockers, as lowest responsible bidder meeting the specifications summarized in the bid analysis. The board has said at past meetings that they expect the project to get started in June, as soon as spring sports are over, to be ready for the fall season.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Council of PTAs will be holding its Annual Community Scholarship Fund Event at the Swan Club on Sunday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and it annually administers funds in the form of scholarships to deserving Glen Cove High School seniors. All proceeds from this event will be donated to this fund. The event will feature a performance by the High School Jazz Band and a basket raffle. This year’s honorees are Nomi Rosen, Dr. Michael Israel, Rosemarie Sekelsky, Brittney Frank Rifkind, Suzanne Anderson and Mary Murphy.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.