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Board Appoints New Superintendent of Schools

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After a comprehensive search and selection process led by the Port Jefferson School District Board of Education, months of extensive research, interviews with a strong field of candidates and community input, the Board announced the appointment of Jessica Schmettan as superintendent of schools at the April 9 Board of Education meeting. She will take the leadership reins on Nov. 1.

Mrs. Schmettan currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Each board member took the time to praise Mrs. Schmettan, a community resident, for the arduous and competitive process she endured, her effective communication skills, her commitment to high academic standards and her willingness to take on the financial challenges that lie ahead.

“These seven board members took this responsibility with extreme seriousness,” Board of Education President Kathleen Brennan said of the Board of Education. “There were other strong candidates and the Board was committed to selecting the best candidate that we could for Port Jefferson, and I am confident that we have done that. I am very happy that Mrs. Schmettan is our leader going forward.”

Mrs. Schmettan thanked the Board for having confidence in her abilities and applauded both current Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Casciano for his mentorship and Deputy Superintendent Sean Leister for his support during the process. Dr. Casciano, who will stay on for the transition period and will retire from the district on Oct. 31, was also praised by the Board for his leadership, guidance and bringing stability to the district.

“Like many of our residents, our schools are the reason my husband and I moved here nine years ago,” Mrs. Schmettan said. “I am so grateful to be able to serve in the place that I call home. As a parent, a taxpayer and an educator, I am deeply invested in our school community. I value our history and, even with the challenges ahead, I look forward to an incredible future.”
Tuesday, September 17, 2019