Western Suffolk BOCES will host its 19th annual legislative roundtable on Friday, January 20 at 9 a.m. The event will include superintendents, board of education members and PTA officials for each of the 18 component districts.
Superintendent of Schools James W. Polansky assumed his position on July 1, 2011. Since then he has been dogged 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.
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.
December 23, 2016
Dear Huntington School District Community Members,
On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, please accept my sincerest thanks for supporting the Huntington School District’s 2017-2018 budget and capital propositions. Your support will allow us to continue addressing the needs of our students in a financially responsible manner and despite any federally and statedriven educational and fiscal challenges. Further, your endorsement of the capital propositions will permit us to make needed improvements and upgrades to buildings throughout the district in the years to come.
My gratitude extends to each of you who assumed an active role, asked questions or provided input during the budget development process. We will maintain our efforts toward achieving cost savings and efficiencies, while preserving the goal of providing students across the district with a high quality education that promotes an appreciation for learning and one that prepares them for their lives beyond Huntington in a 21st century global society.
As always, I strongly encourage district residents to contact me at any time during the year with questions or concerns, or simply to recognize a student or staff member accomplishment. Together, we will continue to foster an environment that contributes to the development of academically prepared and well-rounded students, promotes parental involvement, and encourages collaboration among all members of the school district community.
Thank you for your confidence in the Huntington School District and for embracing our children and their futures.
James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools