Many outstanding and deserving students, administrators, faculty and
board members were honored at district’s final Board of Education
meeting of the 2017-18 school year on June 14.
To start off the night, Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer
introduced this year’s Special Olympic Athletes, the Unified Basketball
Team, and the Unified Sparkle Squad. Christina Pulaski, Director of
Special Education, and Mark Danutono, Director of Health, Physical
Education & Athletics, each took time to commend the students and
all those involved.
“We’re one of few districts on Long Island that supports this amazing
cause and it was an incredibly rewarding experience this year for all
involved,” said Mr. Danutono. The Unified Basketball team, led by the
boys varsity basketball coach Andrew D’Eloia, consists of special needs
students collaborating with general education students as one team and
participate in basketball games against other schools.
At the meeting, educators Cassie Reilly, Elizabeth Sherwood, Jenny Konop
and Pamela Uruburu were then recognized with Professional Achievement
Awards for 2017-2018, and commended for the effort and dedication they
put into education.
The district’s retirees were celebrated and praised for their years of
hard work, support and guidance to the students of the district. Every
name that was called was met by thunderous applause, which is a
testament to the tightknit community that makes up the Northport-East
Northport School District.
“We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for serving
our district well,” said Board President Andrew Rapiejko. “As you move
onto this next season in life, we wish you nothing but happiness.”
In addition, eight teachers and administration members received tenure,
including: David Storch, District Chairperson of Science and Technology;
Erin Affa, Dickinson Avenue Elementary School; Stephanie Campbell,
Ocean Avenue Elementary School; Jami Catapano, Dickinson Avenue
Elementary School; Brianne Furstein, Ocean Avenue Elementary School;
Kara Mueller, Fifth Avenue Elementary School; Deborah Valenti, Northport
Middle School; and Adam Wessinger, Norwood Avenue Elementary School.
The ceremony concluded with Board trustee Tammie Topel receiving the
New York State School Board’s Excellence award. Mrs. Topel was not only
commended for her dedication to the board, but for her leadership and
investment in development opportunities.
“There’s a lot of time, energy, and responsibility that goes into the
position of Board trustee,” said Mr. Banzer, “so we thank you for all
you’ve done for the district, and wish you all the best.”