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Harris One of Two Superintendent Finalists in S. Huntington Search

School district to announce final choice next week.

The South Huntington school district has narrowed its superintendent search to two finalists — one being Jacqueline Harris, the current superintendent of student services.

At a meet the candidates forum Thursday at the , school board trustee Ed Nitkewicz, up for re-election, made the announcement when asked if any safeguards are in place in the search for the best possible replacement for outgoing superintendent Thomas Shea.

Nitkewicz said school board members recently met with 12 candidates over the course of two days.

"Where we are at now is we have two finalists and I'm privileged to say that one of the finalists is sitting in this room ... Jackie Harris," said Nitkewicz, at the NAACP-sponsored event.

Harris has helped reshape special education in South Huntington, according to Nitkewicz.

"Jackie Harris is not a finalist because she is black," said Nitkewicz. "Jackie Harris is a finalist because she is an outstanding educator." 

The name of the other finalist was not given. School board president Jim Kaden told Patch an announcement will be made next week regarding the final choice.

Shea announced in September that he planned to retire after 14 years in the district. He has served as superintendent since 2003.

Janet June 02, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Ridiculous, let their school move them up to Asst. Super and then come to us...seems like they might be easily intimidated...and it will be suggested how to do things rather than come with fresh ideas...we can hope tho....Don't understand why the public doesn't get more say in this all important position in OUR district...
Ron June 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
We knew all along that there was no chance of Kaden relinquishing control of the district to an African-American woman. No way.No how. Bennardo will play the perfect role of Pinocchio for this BOE.
Diane June 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I would not be too sure of him being a puppet. I have heard great things about him. The were many letters written objecting to Jackie Harris. Perhaps the people did have a voice. Perhaps we may be able to get rid of the expensive dead weight that currently exists in our administration.
IJCB June 03, 2012 at 02:49 AM
From your mouth to God's ears.......
Chris P. June 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I have had the chance to work for several years for Dave Bennardo while I worked as a teacher in Harborfields. I can tell you that Dave is no puppet, and I am delighted that he was chosen for this position. I can't think of a more deserving candidate and one that I am thrilled will be in charge of my children's education for years to come. Dave is tough but fair, a charismatic leader, and someone who truly connected with his students. He turned Harborfields High School around and in the process it became a top-ranked HS in Suffolk County, according to US News and World Report. A lot of that success I attribute to Dave's leadership.

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