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Letter: Schreiber Principal Jay Lewis’ Resignation Letter

(Editor’s note: This letter was originally sent to Superintendent Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon.)

It is with great personal sadness as well as professional anticipation and excitement that I submit my resignation for the purpose of retirement as principal of Paul D. Schreiber High School, effective September 1, 2010. It is my pleasure to report that I have been appointed to the position of Assistant Dean in the School of Education, Health and Human Services at Hofstra University.

My six years as principal of Paul D. Schreiber High School have been enjoyable, productive, and professionally satisfying. I have relished each day of my time in the Port Washington School District.

The tremendous support I have received from you, the central office staff, the Schreiber faculty and staff, parents, community members, and students has been very gratifying. Without a doubt, my choice to work here for the past six years has led to my own professional development and a deep sense of accomplishment.

I am particularly proud of the distance that Schreiber High School has come and the progress that has been made on many fronts during this time. Across the board, members of the faculty and staff are always willing and eager to address the complex agendas of student achievement, program development and evaluation, and institutional change that are necessary to remain a school of distinction. During my time at Schreiber, the school community has:

• Established the Port Washington School Business Partnership.

• Increased college credit options for students.

• Redesigned the alternative high school program to meet the changing needs of at-risk high school students.

• Maintained funding for a full complement of elective courses.

• Expanded elective and Advanced Placement courses.

• Redefined the ESL program for English language learners.

• Enthusiastically participated in school improvement efforts embedded in the regional Accreditation for Growth process of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

• Worked toward increases in graduation and Advanced Regents Diploma rates.

• Expanded the Senior Experience Program over a four-year period to full implementation for all members of the class of 2011 with existing resources for no additional cost.

While I have been the proud leader of these many efforts to improve Schreiber High School, accomplishments have only come as a result of the hard work and effort of the entire school community – most especially the teachers and administrators who have led and participated in these important school change efforts.

It is my fervent hope that the Board of Education will continue to provide my successor with the support necessary to lead Schreiber High School in dealing with the many challenges that it will face in the years ahead.

I shall always cherish my time in Port Washington, the great memories, and the wonderful people. It has been an exceptional time in my life and I am honored to end my 36-and-a-half-year public education career in this wonderful community at the school that has been my proud professional home for the past six years.

John R. Lewis