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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 tireless in his quest 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 enormous 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 current leader of the Huntington-Smithtown superintendent cluster. He is the Western Suffolk County representative in the House of Delegates of the New York State Council of School Superintendents with a term that runs through 2020.

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 team for several years.

Mr. Polansky 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 Board, Mr. Polansky was the organization’s president during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years. He was elected in June 2018 to a three-year term on the Executive Board as the Superintendent Representative.

Mr. Polansky maintains membership in a variety of professional educational organizations and has been invited to make presentations at numerous state conferences.

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From the desk of James Polansky

June 22, 2018

Dear Huntington Students, Staff and Community Members:

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, please allow me to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for yet another terrific year. As is the case every June, we can cite countless successes, as well as obstacles overcome. I remain in awe of the achievements of our students in the classroom and in every extracurricular pursuit. Additionally, I continue to take great pride in the manner in which they support each other and understand that there is no act of kindness too small.

I’d like to convey my sincerest gratitude to Huntington’s staff members for the talent, energy, commitment, compassion and collegiality they bring to their work daily. I also extend my heartiest well wishes to those who are retiring after serving our district’s children and families for many years.

Additionally, I’d like to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of building PTA and PTA Council members, as well as those of parents and family members throughout the district. These efforts have contributed to the critical home-school partnership and continue to make a very noticeable difference for our students and community.

Ancient Greek philosophy tells us that “change is the only constant in life.” We witness this in many contexts, but particularly with respect to our children’s educational growth. We look forward to more in the way of positive changes to come in the year ahead. To start, July and August will be filled with curriculumwriting and resource development in many subject areas, as well as infrastructure and technological upgrades across the district.

Perhaps the most significant change will be experienced by our Huntington High School Class of 2018 as members move onto college, careers and other endeavors. Join me, once again, in congratulating our graduates – we are beyond proud of their accomplishments and the legacy they will leave!

I sincerely hope that you have an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate during the months upcoming. Please continue to visit our website and connect with us via social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube), as we will continue to share news on district students, staff and events throughout the summer.

I look forward to welcoming you back in September!

Warmly,

James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools


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Joanne Miranda, Secretary to the Superintendent

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