Mrs. Bernadette Burns, Superintendent of Schools
Mrs. Patricia Denninger, Administrative Assistant
Dear Parents and Students:
I am delighted to welcome you and your family back to an exciting new school year. Throughout the summer, our district staff have worked diligently to get the buildings and grounds ready for the opening of school and to prepare the programs that will be presented in September.
When you visit our campuses, you will notice that extensive bond work continued this summer. The security vestibules and visitor management systems at the elementary and middle schools are almost ready for use, and the roofs at Bayview and Oquenock are nearing completion. The kindergarten playgrounds will be installed shortly thereafter. At the high school, lights on the turf field have been added and a room was repurposed in the technology wing that will support courses in robotics and engineering technology. The lighting and sound systems in both middle school auditoriums are receiving an upgrade, and many classroom floors were replaced. Projects that support the district’s security initiatives were addressed, including additional surveillance cameras and a blue light system at the high school to enhance notification in the event of an emergency.
The most important component of any safety and security plan are the people who implement it, and staff continues to be trained in this regard. Some of our practices are changing as well. Schools will have limited points of entry and egress, and all visitors must use the main entrance of a building, be prepared to show identification, and wear a district-generated badge while on the premises during the school day. All high school and middle school students must display their student identification badge, and visitors to any school must be escorted to their destination by a district staff member.
This year, there are a number of new people to meet and greet in addition to our returning faculty and staff. A flurry of retirements and resignations in both the instructional and non-instructional areas have resulted in hiring staff, and we have added a Pre-Kindergarten program to prepare our littlest Lion Cubs for future learning in our district schools.
No district can succeed without the collaborative efforts of the Board of Education, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and the community. These relationships are well established in West Islip, so I am confident that we will continue to work together to ensure that we provide a challenging and meaningful learning experience for all students.
Have a productive 2019-2020 school year. I look forward to your involvement in our schools and community, and hope to see you one evening at one of our athletic contests under the lights!
Bernadette M. Burns
Superintendent of Schools