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Letter: Thank You, Dr. Hankin

To some of you, Syosset is still home, a vibrant, ever-changing community.  To others, Syosset exists only in your memories. For me, Syosset embodies a sense of warmth and comfort that I felt from the school district beginning on my first day of kindergarten in 1993.

In my eyes, Syosset School District has helped to prepare me for life in more ways than one can imagine. In a sense, this can be attributed to the wonderful work of Superintendent Dr. Carole Hankin.  This is why the recent news about her abrupt retirement has been such a shock to the community.

Dr. Hankin has spent years cutting through the red tape of educational bureaucracy. She is a leader who made it her mission to minimize administrative spending and she has been so successful that the state awarded the district $90,201 in Administrative Efficiency Aid for 2010-2011.

It should also be known that while many schools slashed spending for the arts and foreign language programs during the recession, Dr. Carole Hankin continuously allocated funding and initiated an innovative curriculum, winning recognition at both the state and national levels.

Putting her effective leadership abilities aside, Dr. Carole Hankin is a true teacher, passionate about all things educational. The criticism that she has received the past few years is simply outrageous to me. For all of the time and effort that she has put in, she deserves all of the positivity that comes her way- whether it be monetary or not. She shouldn’t be looked at as the recipient of “educational extravagance” as some may call it. It’s simply well-deserved.

To me, Dr. Hankin’s actions have been instrumental to the rise of Syosset school district. There is a reason why they send the most number of students to Ivy League universities throughout the country. I can honestly say that the district prepares students every step of the way, and especially to be a success in, and out of the classroom. The curriculum is challenging, yet allows even the average student to reach their potential.

Dr. Hankin, in case you don’t hear it enough- thank you for the past 23 years. Your commitment and efforts have shined through immensely. And to everyone to has something negative to say- there’s a reason why our district is top notch. Dr. Hankin cannot simply be replaced.

Anita Haridat, MS