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Shea to Retire in June

Longtime South Huntington School District superintendent said he wants to spend more time with family.

Longtime South Huntington School District Superintendent Thomas Shea is retiring.

School Board President Jim Kaden made the announcement at a school board meeting Wednesday at Silas Wood Sixth Grade Center in Huntington Station.

"Dr. Shea has given us his indication that he is going to retire at the end of the school year," said Kaden. "We wish him well."

Originally from East Meadow, Shea served for 42 years as a teacher and administrator during his career; 14 of those in the South Huntington School District.

The decision came after about four or five months of contemplation, according to Shea, who has held his superintendent position since 2003.

Shea said he has no plans to transfer to another school district. "It's time to devote more time to my family," he said.

Kaden said the school board will begin their search for a new superintendent beginning sometime after January.

Mary Z September 22, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Now Mr. Polansky can come back! No disrespect to the current principal but things at WW have not been the same since he left!
Judy September 22, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Unfortunately, that ship has sailed. I am sure he will do a great job for Huntington as he did for us in South Huntington. We also need to take a lesson from Huntington and bring in or promote an administrator for a reasonable salary. Dr. Shea's salary is well into the $300's and we cannot afford that anymore unless we want to reduce our now 8th period day (last year was 9 periods) to a 7 period day. Since we have eliminated all computer science but AP and most of the business classes, we may want to rethink our administration expenses and put that money into education. As Dr. Shea warned us in 2010, 'if you think 2011 is going to be rough, wait 'till you see 2012'.
Robert W September 23, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Does he get to keep the $7000 geese chasing wonder dog?
Laura Bart September 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Thank you dr shea for your service in such a difficult time. Always a thin line to walk between pleasing taxpayers and providing the best education for the dollar. You deserve some well earned time with your family.
Big_E September 24, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Can we get new text books? Last year, my son's Social Studies book still referenced the Soviet Union. It was written in 1987!

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