School District Announces New Superintendent

Board names Dr. Lorna Lewis, E. Williston's superintendent, to succeed Dempsey.

The has introduced Dr. Lorna Lewis as its choice to be Plainview's next superintendent of schools.

At the district's event, School Board President introduced Lewis to nearly 200 people attending the series of seminars on school and student issues. Lewis would replace Plainview's longtime superintendent, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Lewis is the current superintendent of the East Williston Union Free School District. It is a smaller district than Plainview. It has about 1,800 students enrolled in three schools: an elementary and middle school and The Wheatley School for grades 8-12. It employs a faculty of about 185 teachers, according to the district's website. East Williston is a village north of Mineola and west of Old Westbury.

The Plainview school board must formally vote to hire Lewis. It intends to do that at Monday's Board of Education meeting at 7:45 p.m., Bettan said.

The April 2 meeting will be eventful. The board also intends to adopt its proposed 2012-13 budget at that meeting. The budget is expected to include a small tax increase and come in under the state's so-called tax cap figure.

Monday night's meeting is open to the public.

Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.

Joe Dowd March 30, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I'll ask and get some answers in the coming days. We'll stay on the story. Thanks for the discussion.
Francine Futterman March 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Congrats to the new superintendent, hopefully she can help secure a better bullying initiative as my fourth grader in old bethpage elementary has had a horrible year with being bullied and the school did not help her through it, they negated 99 percent of our complaints
Gary Talkofsky March 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Thanks, as i just wonder also if this was a political move also.
Lisa March 30, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Nothing new for this school district on bullying. They talk all about what they do and adopt guidelines and zero tolerance policies but they are just mouthing the words. It will not get any better in the middle schools.Try going direct to the principal and tell him you are getting a lawyer,since that might be your only way to get real action. Or pull your child out of the district and opt for private school since you don't want to wait to long for your child to get to affected. Good luck!
Simba March 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Or stop being politically correct and teach your kids that solving problems by just holding hands and singing songs does not work.........My kids are taught if someone is bullying them, defend themselves and any cost, that's called self respect. Not running to an administrator who is overpaid and will not jeopardise their job by doing something they should. You want to call me a caveman or some dumb Neanderthal, go ahead, at least me or my family won't get pushed around. Keep in mind my kids also taught that being a bully will not be accepted by their parents, at any cost. Works both ways.


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