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James W. Polansky

Superintendent Reflects on Year, Looks Ahead

June 30, 2017

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James W. Polansky, Superintendent
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Superintendent of Schools James W. Polansky assumed his position on July 1, 2011. Since then he has been relentless in his drive to improve teaching and learning in classrooms across the district.

Under Mr. Polansky’s leadership, the Huntington School District established Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School in September 2013 and reinstituted a full-day kindergarten program in September 2014 following a three year absence.

Known for his boundless energy and enthusiasm, at the time of his appointment in Huntington Mr. Polansky had already enjoyed two-decades of success as a teacher and administrator in Long Island schools.

Mr. Polansky came to Huntington from the South Huntington School District where he worked as assistant superintendent for personnel and district services since August 2010. He earlier served as principal of Walt Whitman High School for 6½ years.

Named New York State Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York/National Association of Secondary School Principals/Metropolitan Life in 2010 for his fine work "turning around" Walt Whitman High School, Mr. Polansky had previously been the school's assistant principal from July 2002 to April 2004.

A graduate of SUNY at Albany (BA cum laude), Mr. Polansky earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Hofstra University and an advanced graduate certificate in educational administration at Stony Brook University. He holds permanent teaching certificates in biology/general science, chemistry, Earth science, mathematics and business/distributive education.

A member of the Suffolk County School Superintendent’s Association executive board, Mr. Polansky is the leader of the Huntington-Smithtown superintendent cluster.

Mr. Polansky began his career in education at Syosset High School, where he worked as a science teacher from September 1991 to January 2001. He coached wrestling, soccer, baseball and softball there and was the mentor/coach of Syosset's Envirothon science team.

After obtaining state administrative certification, Mr. Polansky served as the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District's K-12 director of science, a position he held from January 2001 to July 2002, when he became Walt Whitman's assistant principal.

Mr. Polansky has extensive professional experience and a proven track record of improving academic performance, student attendance and graduation rates in an ethnically and socio-economically diverse school setting. He is committed to developing Huntington into one of the state’s elite districts.

Huntington's superintendent has led initiatives associated with narrowing the achievement gap between students and utilizing data-driven and differentiated instruction, technology integration into classroom lessons, positive behavioral support, parent engagement and students’ social and emotional development, Response to Intervention strategies and learning styles instruction.

Known as an exceptional communicator, Mr. Polansky can be found attending an assortment of school events each day. He enjoys visiting classrooms and observing teacher instruction and student learning and meeting with teachers, students and parents.

The recipient of the New York State PTA Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Polansky is an honorary lifetime member of the PTA. He plays an active role in the New York State Council of School Superintendents and the Western Suffolk BOCES superintendents’ consortium. He has also served on the School Administrator Association of New York State (SAANYS) government relations teams for several years.

Mr. Polansky also maintains a keen interest in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities. He regularly attends Blue Devil sports events along with plays, concerts, art shows and academic competitions.

A longtime member of Section XI’s Executive Council, Mr. Polansky was the organization’s president during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years. He maintains membership in a variety of professional educational organizations and has been invited to make presentations at a variety of conferences.

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From the desk of James Polansky

September 5, 2017

Dear Huntington Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members,

The start of a new school year creates opportunities for each of us to renew our commitment to education and to the students who arrive at our classroom doors ready to learn.  At the same time, we can, once again, reflect and take pride in the accomplishments of members of Huntington High School’s Class of 2017 and celebrate a successful past year for students across the district in the classroom, on stage, on the athletic field and in the community.

We are truly fortunate in Huntington to offer an outstanding curricular program at all levels, as well as extensive and broad ranging extracurricular opportunities.  Last year, student participation and performance in advanced coursework continued an increasing trend.  Huntington students earned numerous honors and recognition in all disciplines and logged thousands of community service hours.  Class of 2017 graduates will attend prestigious colleges and universities throughout the country, many with substantial scholarship monies in hand.  We expect all of this to continue during the coming year and beyond!

As educators, this time of year generates the same excitement for us as it does for our students.  The butterflies we feel on opening day serve as a subtle reminder as to what inspired us to pursue such a noble career.  Sure, we could have selected another profession.  But instead, we answer a call that has enriched our lives and the lives of others immeasurably.  We continue to dedicate ourselves so that every child we teach has the opportunities and tools to be successful despite life’s hurdles, so he or she can pursue his or her dreams.

There is no doubt that external influences have made our jobs more challenging.  We have done our best to play by the rapidly changing rules of public education, absorbing every new acronym conjured up by state and federal lawmakers.  The political agendas, media opportunists and constant friction of competing interests is exhausting and often leaves us to question our own values.

With that said, the Huntington School District continues to takes great pride in its longstanding ‘tradition of excellence.’  We look forward to continuing that tradition in 2017-18 with vigor.  As the new school year begins, we will continue to promote a sense of collaboration within the school community in an effort to help each of our students realize his or her full potential.  The successes we have achieved in the past and those we will surely achieve in the future can often be attributed directly to the home-school-community connection. 

Huntington is an extraordinary place made up of exceptional people, and it continues to be a privilege to serve as your superintendent.  Allow me to extend my welcome back wishes and an emphatic welcome to members of the Huntington High School Class of 2030!  We assuredly have a great school year ahead of us. 

Sincerely,

James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools


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District Offices

50 Tower Street Huntington, NY 11746

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Joanne Miranda, Secretary to the Superintendent

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1-631-673-2037

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Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.