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Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Joseph Giani

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Welcome back! I hope this letter finds you enjoying a wonderful summer vacation with family and friends.  We eagerly anticipate another successful year here in South Country School District and look forward to seeing you all when our doors open for our first day of school on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

I am delighted to announce the following new members of our administrative team and their assignments:   

Brian Ginty- Principal, South Haven Early Childhood Center
Mandy Mazziotti, Principal- Verne W. Critz Elementary School
Mrs. Jenna Restivo, Director of Guidance
Mrs. Jessica Prush- Special Education Chairpersons grades 7-12
Mrs. Lindsay Fritch- Special Education Chairpersons grades K-6

Good communication is essential in a true family-school partnership, so I urge you to stay in touch with your child’s teacher and principal throughout the school year. Listed below, please find the contact information for each of our schools:

Bellport High School (631) 730-1575
Bellport Middle School  (631) 730-1626
Frank P. Long Intermediate School (631) 730-1725
Brookhaven Elementary School  (631) 730-1700
Kreamer Street Elementary School  (631) 730-1650
Verne W. Critz Elementary School  (631) 730-1675
South Haven Early Childhood Center      (631) 730-2180

In addition, the District has established procedures to respond effectively to questions and suggestions from parents and residents. The procedures start with the person closest to the situation, as it is that person that will have the most information. Because situations sometimes require that additional staff become involved in the conversations, we have categorized the major areas of interest, with a list for each area of those responsible. This information may be found on our district website at the following address:
Enclosed you will find a summary of the Code of Conduct and a the 2019-2- Parent/Student Affirmation signature form.  We are forwarding the enclosed information to assist you and your child in preparing for a great new school year.  

The affirmation form must be signed by both you and your child and returned to your building principal by September 11, 2019.  Please note, the Code of Conduct and Progressive Discipline Policy is available for review on our district website or at your child’s school.   If you have any questions or concerns regarding the enclosed materials, please contact the principal of your child’s school. 

Finally, there may be times when the weather will cause schools to have a delayed opening or close for the day.  These decisions will generally be made by 5:30 am. All delays and closings will be posted on the district’s website at, and the district will place a phone call through ConnectEd to your home or cell phone notifying you of any closings or delayed opening.  The information will also be broadcast on the following stations: WALK 97.5 FM; WBAB 102.3 FM; WBZO 103.1 FM; WRCN 103.9 FM; WBLI 106.1 FM; and Channel 12 TV News.

I look forward to working with you to ensure that all of our children have a very successful, safe and enjoyable school year.  On behalf of the Board of Education and our faculty and staff, welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!


Dr. Joseph Giani
Superintendent of Schools

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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