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New Superintendent Is A Familiar Face

After a four-month search for candidates suitable to replace Dr. James Grossane as Superintendent of the Levittown Public School District, members of the Levittown Board of Education have appointed Dr. Tonie McDonald to the position, effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. 

 

For McDonald, who is currently assistant superintendent of business and finance in the nearby Plainedge Union Free School District, the appointment was a warm welcome home to the Levittown School District, where she had previously worked as both an administrator and as a teacher for more than 10 years.

 

“I couldn’t be happier,” McDonald said of her return to Levittown. “There are so many amazing people who live and work there.” 

 

In order to choose a suitable candidate to fill Dr. Grossane’s shoes, members of the Board of Education used the services of School Leadership LLC—a national leadership search firm, which conducted an online survey to determine the qualifications most important to the community. 

 

“The Board of Education has taken the responsibility of selecting a new superintendent very seriously,” said Board President Kevin Regan. “After input from all of the district’s stakeholders, and as a result of working with a professional national search firm, we are extremely confident that Dr. McDonald possesses the professionalism, experience, character, communication skills and vision to lead our school district to even greater levels of success.”

 

According to school officials, the response played a significant role in mapping the final criteria for the most viable candidates. From a pool of more than 25 highly qualified applicants, McDonald was selected by the firm as one of five candidates to present to the Levittown Board of Education. 

 

With a B.A. in social sciences and an M.A. in secondary education from Adelphi University, combined with a doctorate of education from Hofstra University, McDonald clearly met the school board’s requirements. 

 

“Dr. McDonald is an outstanding choice,” Regan added. “Her professional qualifications, combined with her prior experience working in our school district, made her the majority choice of the board.”

 

Prior to her appointment in the Plainedge School District, McDonald held several positions in the Levittown, including assistant superintendent for business and finance, director of pupil services, social studies chairperson and district testing data coordinator. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Hofstra and Dowling College. 

 

“I would like to thank the Board of Education for the confidence they have shown in me,” McDonald said. “I am looking forward to working with the Board of Education, administrators, staff, parents, students and community residents to move our students and school district to the next level of success.”

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The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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