Dr. Rosemary F. Jones is retiring at the end of June from her post as Superintendent of Sayville School District, where she has spent the last 13 years.
"It has been a great run," said Dr. Jones. "So many people have had nothing but nice things to say to me and it has been heart warming. It is great to be in a community that values education. The parents, PTA, staff, administrative staff and the board have all been terrific as well as so many other people."
Dr. Jones said she wanted to see one class go through the district and she did just that last year when the class of 2009 graduated. When Dr. Jones started in Sayville, that class was entering kindergarten. "It was great seeing those students grow up and mature," she said. "They looked different than the kids that were graduating in 1997 did. They were more aware of the world beyond Sayville. I am very proud of those kids."
When asked what the strengths of the Sayville School District are, Dr. Jones raved about many aspects of the district, but most importantly she said are the people.
"I know education is important, but so does the Sayville community," she said. "
She also spoke about the district's dedication to the arts, the strong academic programs, the science program and the district's successful sports teams.
Dr. Jones was very involved with the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association (SCSSA) and admired by her colleagues. She conducted inspiring and informative professional workshops for her colleagues through her involvement in SCSSA.
The Board of Education honored Dr. Jones for her 13 years with the district at the June school board meeting. She received a citation, plaque and flowers from the board in appreciation of her hard work and dedication to the school district.
Dr. Walter Schartner will be taking over the helm as superintendent of the Sayville School District this summer and leaving his current position as principal of the Sayville Middle School.