District Shares Summer Project Updates and Talks Mental Health

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Community members gathered in the Atlantic Avenue Board Room for the Lynbrook Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Aug. 14. The board welcomed new faculty members and heard a proposal from Cohen Children’s Medical Center representatives. The community also received important district updates from Lynbrook’s central administration, including an update on summer projects.

The board announced the retirement of Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Arlene Mishanie. They thanked Mishanie for her dedication and service to the district. The board then appointed and welcomed David Feller, interim director of special services, and several new teachers who will be joining the district. 

Representatives from Northwell Health’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center presented a pilot program to the board, seeking to partner with the district to combat the mental health crisis in children and adolescents today. They shared their Urgent Care Model, statistics on patient care and what they can provide to Lynbrook students. Cohen’s mission is to partner with four school districts this year to make mental health services more accessible to students. The medical professionals would also be a resource to staff members in the district. Dr. Noreen Leahy, assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services from the Rockville Centre Union Free School District, showed her support during the presentation as she has worked closely with the Northwell Health representatives and believes in the program. The board asked questions and deliberated on the pilot program during the meeting. They plan to discuss the matter further in the near future. 

In addition, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak and Assistant Superintendent for Finance, Operations, and Information Systems Dr. Paul Lynch, shared a positive update on the bond projects and capital projects. The New York State Education Department of Facilities has approved the plans for the addition at Lynbrook High School. Dr. Burak stated that they hope to break ground in the spring. This summer, most of the first phase bond work has been completed. This included the air conditioning in most of the elementary schools. She noted that the air conditioning at Marion Street and West End had to be held off this summer until next year due to Summer Playground. Work on the middle school locker rooms are taking place, as well as the Atlantic Avenue wrestling room. 

Dr. Lynch shared more updates on the summer projects associated with this year’s Capital Improvement Program. Work is about 70% complete on the Marion Street bathrooms and locker room as well as the bathroom at West End. He also spoke about the SmartBond projects (the installation of the security vestibules), noting that it is about 85% complete so the district should be in good shape to launch the school year.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Dr. Gerard Beleckas closed out the meeting with a curriculum update. He reported several curriculum projects that are underway. The district is preparing for the new Voyager program which will have a new designated space at West End School. At the middle school level, staff members are working on a readers workshop in preparation for the district’s collaboration with Columbia University and the guidance and support staff is working on revising the guidance plan for the upcoming school year.  

Lynbrook Welcomes New Interim Director

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The Lynbrook Public Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of David Feller, interim director of special services. Mr. Feller was appointed during the district’s Aug. 14 board of education meeting. 

Mr. Feller joins the Lynbrook Public Schools with more than 30 years of experience in education, most recently serving as the interim director of special services in the Katonah-Lewisboro Public Schools. He started his career as a special education teacher and moved into administrative roles such as Carle Place Union Free School District’s director of special education, East Williston Union Free School District’s administrator of educational services and North Merrick School District’s superintendent of schools from 2001-2016. 

Mr. Feller received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his Master of Arts degree in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University and his certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Hofstra University.  

“We are pleased to welcome our interim director of special services, Mr. David Feller,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak. “We are confident that Mr. Feller will support our students well and assimilate nicely into the Lynbrook culture.”

Send Us Your Photos!

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Lynbrook! We want your back-to-school photos! We’ve created First Day of School signs for each of our buildings to use in your images. Simply print the correct building sign, fill in the first name and grade, snap a photo with the sign and email it to LynbrookPublicSchools@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. We will post all of the images we receive on our Facebook page on Sept. 5.  

To download the sign, click the appropriate PDF. 


Science Research Students Earn High Praises from Town

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Due to an outstanding school year of accolades, members of Lynbrook High School’s Class of 2019 science research program were recently honored by the Town of Hempstead during a town hall meeting. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak and science research teacher David Shanker were in attendance for the special evening, along with nine out of the 15 students. 

Science research participants from Lynbrook’s Class of 2019 included Kai Beattie, Alyssa Burton, Juliana Condoleo, Odin Francis, Kaylie Hausknecht, Jason Holquist, Danny Neri, Brandon Pekale, Kyle Schneider, Pooja Shah, Jason Shao, Jason Sitt, Kirstin Slattery, Matthew Venezia and Christina Woodard. 

From Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars to international and state science fair winners, each individually earned noteworthy awards and recognitions for their exceptional research during the school year. Collectively the students won more than $20,000 and $5,000 for the school’s research program. 

The district congratulates the students for their remarkable year and wishes them the best in all their future endeavors! 

LHS Receives Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award

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Lynbrook High School was recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as a 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Excellence Award winner. To earn this honor, 75 percent of the school’s varsity teams had to maintain an average GPA greater than or equal to 90 and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award. Lynbrook High School had 24 sports teams reach this achievement during the school year. As a result, the school is among 135 high schools from throughout the state to earn the School of Excellence Award.