Welcome Back to 2018-19
Allison Brown, Superintendent of Schools
It is a great pleasure to welcome all of our students and families to the start of the 2018-19 school year! I hope that you had a chance to unwind a bit this summer and are returning to the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
As always, summer in the Roslyn school district has been extremely busy. Right up to the first day of school, we raced to the finish line to complete capital projects and ensure that our buildings are ready for our students on day one. This is especially true at Heights School, which is the last of our five schools to undergo a major renovation and expansion as part of the capital program approved by Roslyn residents a few years ago. When fully complete, Heights will enjoy a new, more secure main entrance and a new library/media center, in addition to upgrades and renovations in classrooms and throughout the building entailing lighting, ceilings, flooring, painting, and second-floor air conditioning, to mention a few of the changes. The schedule for getting capital projects done in the summer is always very tight, so work on new construction will continue into the school year. This will have little if any impact on the school day, and in fact, I’m sure that parents will already find the building a much improved facility.
The high school also saw some further improvements since June, mainly around the front of the building where an additional secure entrance is being opened for the start of school, and landscaping in and around the front entrance plaza and along Roslyn Road and Round Hill Road has been completed. Routine maintenance and cleaning projects have been undertaken in all the schools. Of note is the re-opening of the refurbished fields at Harbor Hill, which are ready for the fall season.
Our attention has not wavered from the issue of security, which has been a major focus of our efforts over the last few months. We have taken measures in every building to fortify front entrances, install additional technology, review procedures and hire more security staff, including a new security director who has an extensive background in law enforcement. As part of our team, security personnel not only guard and survey our facilities every day, but actively review our procedures and continually recommend solutions. At the high school, we have begun installing “swipes” on restroom doors, which will now be locked at all times and can be opened by students using their ID cards. We have also hired additional social workers at the elementary level, so that we can be even more proactive in addressing mental health and other issues. We have arranged for continuing professional development for our entire staff on a range of safety-related topics, from active shooter situations to first aid. And of course we will resume our safety drills as soon as school gets under way.
I feel a deep personal responsibility for the safety and security of our students and staff, and I assure you that we continue to work on these issues every day.
I also want you to know that we have been conscientiously addressing the most important work of the district: instruction. We are very excited about curriculum enhancements at all levels, including new course offerings at the middle school and high school. We have been busy hiring new teachers and other staff to replace those who have retired or are going on leave. There are several administrative changes of significance: Jennifer Sheehan, formerly our Chairperson of World Languages, is the new Assistant Principal at Roslyn Middle School. Roberto Trigosso replaces Jennifer as the new World Languages Department chairperson. Gary Ramonetti is our new Science Department Chairperson, replacing Thomas Lynch. And we will soon have a new head of facilities, Thomas Szajkowski, as Kevin Carpenter is retiring this month.
We can’t wait to feel the energy and enthusiasm of our students as they come through the doors on Wednesday, September 5 for the first day of the 2018-19 school year. It continues to be my greatest honor to be your superintendent, and I look forward to another wonderful year in the Roslyn Public Schools.
Just waiting for kids to arrive: (from top left): Heights fully renovated hallway; Harbor Hill multi-purpose room with new flooring; Harbor Hill refurbished fields ready for play; East Hills main hallway with wall upgrade; High School main entrance with landscaping; High School main gym with refinished floor.
Contact the Superintendent of Schools:
Roslyn Public Schools
Roslyn, NY 11576
Photo: Superintendent Allison Brown with former East Hills School students
at the Senior Walk in June, 2017.