Written by Rachelle Blidner Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
The Jericho Union Free School District Board of Education agreed to freeze Superintendent Henry L. Grishman’s salary for the next five years in a vote on Thursday night.
The board approved Grishman’s contract at their June 16 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Jericho Middle School Library. His contract will remain the same through the 2015-2016 school year, and he will continue to receive $288,794 a year in salary and more than $134,000 in benefits. A copy of his board-approved contract is available on the Jericho school website.
Grishman, 66, who has served as superintendent at Jericho for 15 years, was officially reappointed and sworn in at the board meeting. Grishman said that he requested the salary freeze and is pleased that the board supported his decision.
“I think understanding the economic climate that we’re in and the focus we’re in on public school employees’ salaries, I believe it was the right thing to do,” Grishman said in an interview.
The board’s decision to freeze Grishman’s salary comes soon after recent controversy concerning the fact that Syosset Superintendent Carole Hankin received a 4.7 percent pay raise in June of 2010. Hankin, who has served as superintendent for 21 years, now collects $405,244 a year in salary, according to a salary disclosure on the State Department of Education’s website. However, like Grishman, Hankin has said she will receive a pay freeze next year.
Legislator Judy Jacobs, Glen Cove City Councilwoman Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and representatives of the Oyster Bay Town Board and Senator Carl Marcellino attended the board meeting to honor Joan L. Colvin, assistant superintendent for business affairs. Jacobs presented Colvin with a resolution by the Nassau County Legislature to honor her in her retirement after 47 years of service to education and 10 years in the Jericho district.
“[The Nassau County Legislature] do[es] take time out of fighting to honor people who deserve it,” Jacobs said with a laugh.
Twelve other school employees were also honored for retiring at the meeting. These retirees include: Jennifer Anton-Blakely, Gary Eagan, Mary Frances Feeley, Patricia Fiorillo, Sal Foti, Lynn Gormley, Elizabeth Luchsinger, Mary Marks, Susan Reidy, Ernest Savaglio and Mark Steinberger.
Students were also honored for their achievements in the Long Island Math Fair, 2011 national language examinations, foreign language poetry contests and a national mythology examination. Three students were honored for earning scholarships to study abroad in China this summer, and student Olivia Wolf received an award from the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation for her work promoting tolerance.
Grishman also announced at the meeting that 3,029 students have enrolled in the district for the 2011-2012 school year. “We’re very pleased our numbers seem to be moving in the direction we’ve been hoping to see them move in,” he said.
Also at the board meeting, Curriculum Associate for Guidance Lois Smith announced that all 276 students in the 2011 class are graduating on time, and 96.4 percent of them are attending four-year colleges. Smith said that this high graduation rate is nothing new for Jericho, but that the percent of students attending four-year colleges has increased.
“We make sure that they graduate,” said Smith in an interview. “We have a model of ‘Success for Every Student,’ and we monitor to make sure they’ll be able to be successful and graduate.”
Jericho’s graduation rate is well above the national average of 71.7 percent in 2008, the most recent year data is available. A list of the class’ college acceptances and placements is also available on the school website.