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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.”

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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