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.
November 27, 2019
Dear Members of the Huntington School District Family,
The first three months of the school year have flown by. Students and staff are well settled into classes and programs. The first quarter is behind us. Incredibly, the Thanksgiving holiday is here!
As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful in 2019, I’ll share just a few. We are grateful for our students. They come to school each day ready to learn. They give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. We are thankful for the faculty and staff who so genuinely care about our students’ well-being, and have their best interests and success in mind and at heart always. We appreciate the support of parents and family members in maintaining the critical home-school connection, and the support and assistance provided by the many PTA and other community volunteers who contribute so much to our schools.
Regardless of the successes or challenges behind or in front of us, we witness dedicated and tireless individuals going above and beyond to make sure that great things happen and exceptional strides are made within our school community routinely. These efforts do make a difference. Each of our children, in their own individual ways, benefit from them every day.
I, personally, remain thankful for the privileges of being an educator and for the opportunity to pursue my life’s work as a member of the Huntington school district community. On behalf of the Board of Education, administration and staff, I thank you for sharing your most valuable possessions with us and for your involvement as partners in providing ongoing opportunities for our students.
I wish all of you and your families a very happy, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!
Very truly yours,
James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools
Joanne Miranda, Secretary to the Superintendent
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