Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
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.”
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The mourning period after the death of a loved one can be a difficult period for any family. Roslyn resident Elissa Zodipoff, along with her business partner, Old Westbury resident Gayle Gelbard, are offering a new service, Shiva On Call, to help families of the Jewish faith deal with such sad situations.
The business, Zodipoff said, has been in existence for eight months now. It is being run out of her home in Roslyn, but Zodipoff hopes to expand it to a business center somewhere in the Garden City or Mineola area.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Don’t forget: The vote on the budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place this Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.
Residents of the Roslyn School District will be voting on the 2013-2014 budget, three seats on the Roslyn Board of Education, the Bryant Library budget and two propositions, one concerning capital projects and the other on transportation vehicles.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen members of the Green Vale Pacers, a girls’ running club, ran the 5K Race of the Long Island Marathon held at Eisenhower Park on May 4. All fifteen finished the race and a few finished at the top of their age divisions and within the top ten for all 354 female racers.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Fifteen Wheatley High School students have been recognized by the Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship and leadership qualities for the winter 2012-2013 season. All winter teams were recognized as NYS Scholar/Athlete Team Award winners. The Boys Indoor Track team was crowned NYS State Scholar Athlete Team Champions. The Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Nassau County Class B Championship.