Dr. Tonie McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Tonie McDonald; Superintendent of Schools
I hope everyone is having a fun and relaxing summer, although if I remember back to the days when my sons were in school, summers were anything but relaxing! In any case, I hope that you are having some quality family time and adding new experiences to your lives.
Time on this earth is short. We were confronted with that stark fact this past July when we lost Frank Ward, a valued and trusted member of the Board of Education. Frank was taken too soon and leaves behind two children to whom he was devoted. Although he spent many hours in community service (Board of Education, East Broadway PTA and Kiwanis, among others), Frank was first and foremost a father who made time for his children. He was also a very kind and compassionate man. His presence will be sorely missed by those who knew him and reminds us to take the time to be good to each other in every capacity and to make the most of the opportunities afforded to us all. We may agree to disagree, but our district is filled with truly good people who have great love in their hearts. As we begin the next school year, let's begin it with a feeling of hope for the future of our community and country - it all starts with our wonderful children.
Please, enjoy the rest of the summer. I look forward to seeing you at our schools.
Tonie McDonald, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Alliance To Save Public Education
School superintendents from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties gathered in Rockville Centre to discuss Gov. Cuomo's proposed education reforms. They are pictured with a letter they recently drafted to legislators urging them to separate education reform from the state budget process.
I am proud to be among group of superintendents from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties who gathered at South Side High School in Rockville Centre to discuss a legislative proposal to establish a special commission that would create a new teacher
We first came together in late February to draft and sign a letter that urged legislators to separate education reform from the state budget process. To date, the letter has 150 signatures, representing support from 13 percent of the school districts in New York State, which span a wide range of demographics - poor and wealthy, big and small, urban, rural and suburban, upstate and downstate. I am extremely proud that our Levittown Board of Education was the first Board to unanimously endorse this letter.
We are in favor of testing that values education and works for students, and believe that if the state is willing to create a commission to study the NYS teacher evaluation system, it should include relevant stakeholders as well as specialists in the field of education.
The letter drafted by the committee is linked here.