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South Huntington Names New Superintendent

Greenlawn resident David P. Bennardo to replace Thomas Shea in July.

After a lenghty search process, the South Huntington Board of Education announced Saturday the hiring of David P. Bennardo as the new superintendent of schools for the South Huntington Union Free School District.

Bennardo, who will take over July 1 from outgoing Superintendent Thomas Shea, comes to South Huntington from the Harborfields School District, where he has served as principal of Harborfields High School for the past 9 years, according to a district press release sent Saturday evening.

A public school educator for 24 years, serving as a teacher, coach, advisor, department chairperson, assistant principal and principal, Bennardo began his career in the Bethpage School District, according to the SHUFSD. 

A reception will be held to officially welcome Bennardo to the community on June 9, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Walt Whitman South cafeteria. The district said the event is open to the South Huntington community. 

Bernardo is a Greenlawn resident where he lives with his wife and children who attend Harborfields schools.  

After 42 years as a teacher and administrator during his career, he was retiring. He has served 14 years in the South Huntington School District.

Jacqueline Harris, the current superintendent of student services in South Huntington, was for the job last month.

Jeanne Agnello June 03, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Losing Dr. Bennardo is a huge blow to Harborfields, but we all wish him well. He was an amazing principal, well loved by all. South Huntington is the luckiest district around!
JSC June 04, 2012 at 11:15 AM
A "union-free school district" has NOTHING to do with teacher's unions! It simply means that the district does not consist of joined districts, it's not a union of districts, it's one district.
Concerned SHParent June 04, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Congratulations to Dr Bennardo, he is as close to Mr P as we were going to get. Thanks to Dr Shea for all his years of dedicated service to our community and to those folks who threw their hat in the ring for the job. I firmly believe an "outsider" with drive and passion and without preconceived notions was the right choice in our case. Not that Jackie Harris was not qualified but the our district needed fresh blood. I personally am looking forward to benchmarking where we are today and excited to see where we will be a couple of years from now. Best of luck to Dr Shea on his retirement and Dr Bennardo on his new assignment.
Chris P. June 04, 2012 at 07:15 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.
Judy June 05, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Glad to see new leadership and excited to hear that he's effective and respected. We need to support him and help him move our schools in the right direction.

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