Ready for the New School Year

Just days before the opening of the new school year, the Glen Cove School District faculty and support staff gathered in the Glen Cove High School auditorium for a Superintendent’s Conference Day. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria delivered yet another inspiring address to lead off a day of staff development workshops in preparation for the new school year.

Dr. Laria began by paying tribute to members of the Glen Cove School family who have passed on in the last year, including Landing School nurse Mary Anne Germino and Finley Middle School special education teacher Susan Ahern. He later introduced the newest members of his central administrative team: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Louis M. Zocchia, as well as new Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano and Landing Elementary School Interim Principal Martin Malone. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Zocchia announced the names of 15 new teachers who have joined the Glen Cove faculty for the 2012-13 year.

“What we see as a wonderful future for Glen Cove can be transformed into reality with a unity of purpose and a true common north,” said Dr. Laria, who thanked the Glen Cove Teachers Association for their cooperation in working together with administration to develop the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) for teachers. Every school district was required to develop an APPR for the 2012-13 year.

Glen Cove Board of Education President Joel Sunshine and Board trustees Donna Brady, David Huggins and Gail Nedbor-Gross were on hand help honor those Glen Cove employees with 20, 25 and 30 or more years of service. Landing School fifth-grade teacher David Smith heads this year’s class as the longest tenured teacher in Glen Cove.

“For the 236 years of this country’s existence, public education has flourished because of our teachers,” concluded Dr. Laria. “This district will always have a history of hiring highly-effective teachers. They will remain the fabric of the Glen Cove Schools.”