2014-05-07 / Front Page

Amityville School Board appoints Dr. Mary T. Kelly as new superintendent

by Carolyn James

Wednesday, May 14, 2014: The Amityville School Board announced tonight the appointment of interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary T. Kelly as the district’s new Superintendent effective July 1. The announcement was made at the district’s regular board meeting.

“The selection of a superintendent is one of the most important roles of the Board of Education,” said Board President Lisa Johnson. “The committee worked to find the best possible leader and we are confident that Dr. Mary Kelly is the perfect fit for our district.”

Visibly moved by the board’s decision, Dr. Kelly thanked the board members and the public saying she “humbled.

“I can’t begin to say how truly honored and humbled I am to serve this district as your superintendent,” she said. “All I can say is that Amityville is my second home and it is a place that is very near and dear to my heart. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me; I take the responsibility seriously.”

Johnson said Kelly’s contract runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017.

In other school matters, the board also thanked the Junior League of Long Island, a part of a national women’s organization, for providing the funding for the installation of a new playground at PAMES. The playground was delivered and installed last week, to the excitement of both staff and students at the school.

“This is the first public school playground we worked on,” said Kelly Morgano, co chair of the organization’s Project Playground. “It was more of a challenge because we had to jump through a few more hoops since it was a school, but we are very pleased that we were able to do this.”

She was joined by her co-chair Jennifer Capobianco as both received recognition for their work from the school board.

Dr. Kelly thanked the organization and the women, as well as the staff and community members who were on hand to install the playground. “It was a bunch of parts and pieces, nuts and bolts when it arrived and it was unbelievable how it all came together,” she said. “It was wonderful to see the excitement in the students’ eyes as they ran over to the playground; we appreciate your work and your efforts.”



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