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Mrs. Bernadette Burns, Superintendent of Schools

Mrs. Patricia Denninger, Administrative Assistant

(631) 893-3200

Dear 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 activities.

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 lighting.

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