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,
The holiday season has seemingly approached without warning. It is actually among my favorite times of the year, as it is often characterized by an extra degree of both caring and sharing.
The season also offers a great time for reflection. Take a few moments to think about the things you value most, whether it be education, quality time with family and friends, or the kind people with whom you interact daily. I am reminded again of how much we, in Huntington, have for which to be thankful – dedicated teachers and staff members, motivated and eager students, and supportive families and community members to name just a few.
At this time of year, our efforts and thoughts turn to giving. There have been so many examples of this in our schools during the past several weeks. I am always amazed and humbled by how extensively our students and staff reach out to those less fortunate, particularly in that it occurs is in the midst of all of that is taking place in our classrooms, on the stage, in the athletic arena and elsewhere. The holidays afford us a chance to appreciate our blessings and realize the true meaning of the season.
Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your passion, persistence and generosity. It is through your efforts, individually and collectively, that we continue to make a tremendous difference in so many ways.
I wishing you and your families a joyous holiday break, and I look forward to welcoming you back on January 3rd!
James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools