Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna warmly welcomed faculty and staff back to school at the Opening Day Staff Convocation, which was held prior to the first day of school.
During the ceremony, Rianna reflected on her comments from last year’s Superintendent’s Day Conference, the first for her at the district’s helm.
“Last year I said I was honored to be your superintendent, but I was never more honored than I am this morning,” she said. “You are dedicated to this community and to the children in this community. You’re amazing.”
The superintendent also shared her personal focus for the upcoming school year.
“My focus is our children,” Rianna stated. “What can we do to enhance their success? The answer is simple — continue to work together to ensure that every student is provided with a program that meets their needs and goals. And how do we do that? What makes the difference? You sitting before me, you are there each day with our children working hard to deliver the instruction that makes learning occur.”
A highlight and annual tradition of the event was the recognition of faculty and staff with years of dedicated service to the school community. The most senior personnel honored were Edna Barr, a senior account clerk at the Thayer House, with 40 years of service; and Rosemary Tripp, a computer monitor at Connolly School, with 45 years of service. Tripp received a standing ovation from her colleagues.
Other honorees included: Marian DeCarlo, Kathryn Caulfield, Frances Krisch, Jean Bennardo, Lisa Pignataro, Carolina Aufiero, Ruth Arnone, Laurie Dutchen, Amy Mendrinos, Carmelina Peralta, Christine Skaar, Vincenzina Abbondandolo, Brenda Macari and MaryJo Mazure with at least 20 years working in Glen Cove; Geraldine Melfi, Rowell Bencio, Judith Smith, Maureen Pickering, Janet Canfield, Cheryl Carmondy, Cheryl Chase, Nancy Frisch, Donna Scherr and Hector Rosario with at least 25 years; Susan Elias, Joseph Solomito, Irena Kamola, Mary Marrone and Joy Karousos with at least 30 years; Nancy Capobiano, Vincent Calabrese and Mary Murphy with 35 years of service.
Following the opening ceremony faculty members were addressed by the Glen Cove Teachers Association, before heading to their respective schools for faculty meetings and school level activities.