New Principal at Landing School

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Smooth Landing for New Principal

The Glen Cove Board of Education has appointed veteran school administrator Martin J. Malone to serve as interim principal at Landing Elementary School. Mr. Malone fills the vacancy created when the school’s former principal, Dr. Michael Israel, was promoted to serve as the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology.

Before retiring in 2007, Mr. Malone served as both a vice principal and principal in the Massapequa School District at the secondary level and more recently as principal at James Vernon Elementary School in Oyster Bay, where he worked for 17 years. Following his retirement, he spent a year in England while his wife participated in a Fullbright teacher exchange program. Upon arriving back in the States, Mr. Malone returned to public education to serve as an interim principal in the Lawrence, Garden City and Three Village school districts, most recently at Setauket Elementary School.

“Mr. Malone relates well to his staff, has had a positive effect on students and is conscientious and dedicated to his responsibilities, “said Neil Lederer, his former superintendent in Three Village. “He is most responsive to parental concerns, is collegial with faculty and his evaluative skills are superior.”

Mr. Malone also served as a dean of students in East Rockaway and began his career as a Spanish teacher at Copiague High School. He holds certifications as a district and school administrator, as well as in Spanish, 7-12. As a retiree, his employment was subject to State Education Department waiver approval, which has been granted through June 30, 2013. While employed under the waiver, Mr. Malone will be compensated at a rate of $500 per day and is receiving no benefits through the district.  He is entitled to continue receiving his retirement pension and benefits.

“I am happy to be a part of such a close-knit school community here in Glen Cove,” said Mr. Malone. “I look forward to getting to know all of our students and their parents and serving as a positive influence to them and the entire Landing staff during my time here.”

“We are fortunate to have someone who possesses such a wealth of experience and genuine compassion for children,” added Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph A. Laria. “Mr. Malone has stepped right in, not missed a beat, and will smoothly carry us through the leadership transition at Landing.”