South Country Marks Two Important Milestones

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The school district marked two important milestones for faculty, retirement and tenure, during the June 12 meeting of the board of education. Prior to the meeting, the high school culinary students hosted a reception in the high school cafeteria with music by student-musicians Jack Armann, Mariah Chavez and Victoria Monte.

To the retirees and tenured teachers Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani said, “Each of you came to South Country with the credentials, talent and the potential to be successful. You have done the job well during your time here and you have demonstrated your ability to help our students learn and grow.”

The district’s 15 retirees have a collective 394 years of service between them and include:
Lorraine Beals – Central Office – dispatcher – 11 years
Jacqueline Berger – Bellport MS/Kreamer Street Elementary – speech – 31 years
Susan Diviney-Giustino – Verne W.  Critz Elementary – elementary – 33 years 
Linda Freiband – Frank P. Long Intermediate School – ESL – 17 years
Jean Gray – Brookhaven Elementary – special education – 27 years
Jorge Jimenez – Central Office – Assistant Manager DP – 27 years
Jayne Johnsen-Seeberger – Bellport High School – librarian – 20 years
William Kobel – Frank P. Long Intermediate School – head custodian – 24 years
Emanuel Kostakos – Verne W. Critz Elementary – psychologist – 30 years
Catherine Mulligan – Kreamer Street Elementary – speech – 19 years
Nancy Nolan – Kreamer Street Elementary – teaching assistant – 32 years
Eric Roeske – Bellport High School – music – 30 years
Sheila Smith – Bellport High School – business – 32 years
Susan Smith-Alpert – Kreamer Street Elementary – psychologist – 28 years
Sandra Winslow – Frank P. Long Intermediate School – elementary – 33 years  

In addition, 17 teachers received tenure and include: 
Bellport HS: Gaetano Greco, Matthew Herrschaft, Amy Karp, Amy Krawczyk; Bellport MS: Kaitlyn Cutrone, Victoria Hogan, Judy Kaiser-Krywolap, Cristina Piraino, Stephen Schwicke, Kyle Sherlock: Frank P. Long Intermediate School: Dusty Deery, Kimberly Narciso, Jennine O’Shea, Genevieve Piazza, Alyce Smith; Brookhaven Elementary: Melissa Gascon; and Verne W. Critz Elementary: Ashley Sagistano.