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.
June 17, 2020
Huntington School District Families,
The past few months have been amongthe most challenging and emotional for ourschool district community, for our state and nation,and for the world in general. As we continue to make our way through a viral pandemic and address national events that have transpired during the past month, we have grown to appreciate even more the need for and value in strong and meaningful interpersonal connections.
I am so incredibly proud of Huntington’s students, staff and families for stepping up and for doing their very best in support of each other under trying circumstances. It is difficult, both professionally and personally,to facilitate educational engagementand dialogue from a distance, but the Huntington school community made it work like no other and has surely learned from the experience.
“Change” will remain on the agenda throughout the summer months. We will focus on members of the Class of 2020 for the next few weeks, as they will face the most significant of transitions upon graduating from high school and entering the next phases of lives. We are eagerly anticipating celebrating them, their growth and accomplishments during several upcoming events. Furthermore, summer school programs will begin shortly and detailed work will continue regarding fall programming and planning at all levels.
Again, there remain many unanswered questions and we are sure to receive additional direction from local and state-level agencies that will guide some of our decision-making. I and others will be integrally involved in those conversations to make certain that voices of educators and school community leaders can lend their expertise and provide feedback. The district’s reopening committee, including representation from all vested factions, will remain particularly active during July and August to consider the broader issues, as well as the fine details related to our facilities, processes and instructional/learningplan.
Further information on summer meal distribution and the district’s summer special education program will be forthcoming shortly. Additionally, please know that I will keep the lines of communication open throughout the summer to convey information on other items of relevance as the onset of the 2020-2021 school year approaches.
The issues of prominence in the world today are serious. As our children process these issues and their broader significance, also know that we remain firmly committed to helping students grow as global citizens and understand that their voices have meaning and impact. Our collective efforts at school, at home and in the community can make a difference toward overcoming existing challenges and any that may arise moving forward.
Again, I extend the heartiest of congratulations and best wishes to the Huntington High School Class of 2020 – an amazing group that has earned so much more than they were able to experience this spring and one that is truly poised to make that positive difference.
Additionally, I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for your support and confidence, and share the immeasurable pride I feel each and every day in being a part of this incredible school district and community. It remains an honor and a privilege.
Please enjoy the summer, make each day your best, and continue to spread the love and positivity.
James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools
Joanne Miranda, Secretary to the Superintendent
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