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Dr. Elaine Kanas Appointed EWSD Superintendent

Formerly served in Valley Stream district  

Dr. Elaine Kanas has been appointed as superintendent of The East Williston School District, effective Aug. 1.

The announcement was made at the June 6 meeting.

Board of education members said that the application process collected nearly 40 applications.  The board interviewed more than 10 applicants, bringing back two of the applicants for final round interviews. The final round interview process consisted of representatives from various constituency groups, including parents, community members, administration and staff.

Dr. Kanas received her doctorate from Columbia University in Education Curriculum and Teaching.  For the past four years she has served as superintendent of Valley Stream 30, an academically high-achieving 1,500 student school district, also in Nassau County. Before serving as superintendent in Valley Stream 30, Dr. Kanas was the assistant superintendent for instruction and personnel for five years, in the Carmel Central School District.  She has also taught at Columbia University Teachers College as an adjunct assistant professor in the department of curriculum and teaching, instructing master’s and doctoral students in designing curriculum for K-12 and higher education.

According to school district officials, Dr. Kanas has played an active role in curriculum and educational leadership on the state, regional and local levels. She presently sits on the New York State Education Department ELA Advisory Panel, grades pre-K - 12.   As a current member of the Nassau Superintendents Curriculum Council, she is involved in curriculum leadership for the county. She also serves as a member of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents Executive Board and is currently the leader of the Nassau County Southwest Quadrant of Superintendents.  Working in collaboration with her own district APPR Committee, she has supported the development of a coherent framework for teacher evaluation and professional development that provides both high standards of staff accountability and opportunities for professional growth, linked to successful student achievement and development.

School district officials added that Dr. Kanas’s accomplishments in Valley Stream include strong fiscal management and oversight that has resulted in maintaining and enhancing programs while continuing to be responsive to community fiscal restraints through increased efficiencies and focused program and operation review. The district was able to make major infrastructure improvements without incurring interest costs for the taxpayers by the successful adoption and funding of capital reserve projects.  Curriculum and Instruction accomplishments include enriched literacy, math and science curriculums, enhanced arts opportunities, an articulated Response to Intervention Program that addressed student need at inception, new academic challenge programs and an increased focus on the integration of student emotional and social development linked with cognitive development.

“The board of education, together with our students, staff, parents and community welcome Dr. Kanas to our district,” a release from the school district stated. “Under her leadership, we look forward to working collaboratively in making our great district even better.”


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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