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Gavin Tapped to Man Mineola Middle School

Former PPS Director, Jackson Avenue principal to head up MMS

Current school district pupil personnel director (PPS) Matthew Gavin will take the position of Mineola Middle School principal effective July 1. MMS principal Mark Barth announced he’d be retiring at the end of the year in January.

Gavin’s position will pay $166,696 a year, according to school district officials. He will undergo a standard probationary period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.

Prior to serving in central administration during the current school year, Gavin was principal of the Jackson Avenue School for five years beginning in the 2006. Gavin also oversaw the launch of the district’s iPad initiative for fifth graders at Jackson, a program that has grown to include the middle school.

Gavin served as pupil personnel director since July. He was responsible for monitoring special education programs, making sure the district is in compliance with all federal and state regulations, all testing of academic programs, supervising staff and overseeing recruitment and development.

“He has a fantastic work ethic,” district superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler said, citing Gavin’s accomplishments. “I have full faith that he’s going to expand that program and make it even better than our ‘Time for Kids’-worthy cover. And more importantly, he believes that every child can learn; he has a high, high standard for achievement and I think he’s going to do wonderful things there.”

Nearly one dozen friends and colleagues were on hand during the business meeting at Willis Avenue School to support Gavin. Nagler stated the obvious.

“When was the last time you saw 10 teachers at a meeting?” Nagler said.

“I saw 100 a couple years ago,” trustee John McGrath quipped before turning to the director of pupil personnel services. “How long are you going to be in this job?”

Said Gavin with a grin: “I serve at the pleasure of the board and the superintendent.” He was greeted with a standing ovation from parents and teachers in attendance.