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East Williston Superintendent’s Resignation Effective July 31

Lorna Lewis tapped to head POB schools

Usually, when one door closes, another opens. For Dr. Lorna Lewis, it’s walking out of one school district and into another one…a much bigger one.

Lewis was appointed superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage (POB) School District on April 2. The former East Williston (EW) School District helmsman will take over the 4,900-student POB district in August. East Williston enrolls approximately 1,800 students.

Her resignation will take effect July 31. She will succeed retiring POB superintendent Gerard Dempsey.

Lewis served five years as district superintendent in the East Williston where Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report recently ranked The Wheatley School of EW among the nation’s 100 top academic schools. POB High School was ranked 474th in the survey.

POB officials are steadfast that Lewis’ skills honed over the years will translate well to her new district. Her contract with POB runs until 2017.

“The board is confident that Dr. Lewis is the right person to lead us into the future and to take our district to the next level of achievement,” said Gary Bettan, president of the POB board of education. “We are very excited and thank the community for their support in making this happen. The district is going to be in great hands for the next five years, and possibly more.”

A former math and AP physics teacher, Lewis is co-chairwoman of a curriculum committee for the New York State Council of School Superintendents. She started her teaching career at The Collegiate School, where some of her accolades include sponsoring a finalist in the Westinghouse competition.

“I have been privileged to be selected to lead another premier district on Long Island and join a school community where educational traditions are steeped in excellence,” Lewis said. “I am looking forward to working with the board of education, staff and community as we take the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District into the next era of outstanding academic accomplishments.”

Lewis served as science chairman in the Rockville Centre School District before she became science director in the Uniondale School District and deputy superintendent in Three Village School District. She served as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University and taught graduate studies classes in science methods.

“Student achievement [at East Williston] is at an all-time high as together we have opened greater opportunities for students to challenge themselves at higher levels,” Lewis said. “Willets Road is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This year, we boast of 120 AP Scholars and our college acceptances have been spectacular.”

Lewis received her Bachelor of Science in physics from Fordham University and went on to earn three master’s degrees, before completing her doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, according to school district officials.

“Over these years, we have made great strides in all arenas of the district as we courageously responded to areas of concern and worked to preserve the unique qualities of the district,” said Lewis. “I am proud of the body of work we accomplished together and grateful for the support the board and community have given me during this time.”

Lewis said she did not want to detract from her work that still needs to be completed in East Williston prior to her resignation.

“There is still a lot to be done before my departure from the [East Williston], including making sure that the district continues on its course of excellence and creating a smooth transition for my successor,” Lewis stated. “Be assured that I am committed to making this happen.”

News

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.

 

The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.

 

According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.

 

The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


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