Mrs. Bernadette Burns, Superintendent of Schools
Mrs. Patricia Denninger, Administrative Assistant
Parents and Students:
I am delighted to welcome you and your family back to an
exciting new school year. Throughout the summer, our district
staff members have worked diligently to get our buildings ready
for the opening of school and to prepare the programs that will
be presented in September.
Our bond work continues, and the roof at West Islip High School
is partially complete. The balance of the work will be
accomplished in the summer of 2018 so as not to interfere with
the business of instruction, athletics, and extracurricular
Our indoor athletic facilities at the high school have a whole
new look. The pool liner at the high school has been replaced,
bleachers were replaced in both gyms, and the gym floors have
been sanded, refinished and restriped.
Additional projects in gyms throughout the district include the
installation of new bleachers at the middle schools, the
replacement of floors at Bayview and Paul J. Bellew, and new
wall pads affixed at the elementary schools. Within the next few
weeks, repairs to windows districtwide will be made to allow for
better ventilation. Besides the work in our gyms, the auditorium
at Paul J. Bellew was completely gutted and renovated, and the
spline ceiling was replaced in its cafeteria, complete with new
Furthermore, a new generator was added at the high school, and
the security office underwent a complete renovation, which will
allow for even more robust surveillance of our buildings and
grounds throughout the district.
This year, there are a number of new people to meet and greet in
addition to our returning faculty and staff. Retirements and
resignations in both the instructional and non-instructional
areas have resulted in hiring or recalling excessed staff, and
we have added an assistant principal at the high school and an
instructional technology specialist districtwide to support the
district’s technology initiative.
The district's emphasis on academics and achievement continues
to be the foundation that ensures our students are prepared for
a world beyond our West Islip schools. This year we will
continue to focus on student attendance, as that is the basis
for academic success at all levels. After careful review, the
attendance policy has been amended; further information will be
provided at Open House.
No district can succeed without the collaborative efforts of the
Board of Education, administrators, faculty, staff, students,
parents and community members. These relationships are well
established in West Islip, so I am confident that we will
continue to work together to ensure that we provide a
challenging and meaningful learning experience for all students.
Have a productive 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to your
involvement in our schools and community!
Bernadette M. Burns
Superintendent of Schools