At its final meeting Thursday before the start of the school year, the Manhasset Board of Education formally introduced its new assistant director for special education and accepted a gift on behalf of the Manhasset Parent Association for Special Education.
Gary LaFemina, who spent 10 years as the principal of Lloyd Harbor School in the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, was appointed as the new assistant director for special education, replacing the late Jodi Shapiro.
Shapiro died suddenly in July after a brief illness. She joined the district in 2009.
The board also accepted a gift of $3,889.69 from the parent association for special education for the eight children who participated in the Summer Jump Start Program.
“We’re extraordinarily thankful to you for this” board President Regina Rule said.
In other business, Manhasset Superintendent of Schools Charles Cardillo said faculty and staff would be meeting beginning after Labor Day to discuss the start of the school year and continuing improvement to the quality of education in the district.
Later in the meeting, the board assigned its liaisons to its various committees: Vice President Carlo Prinzo and Trustee Patricia Aitken will oversee the Audit Committee, Prinzo and Trustee Ann Marie Curd will oversee the Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance, Rule will oversee the Citizens Advisory Committee on Legislative Affairs, Rule and Aitken will oversee the Manhasset Athletics Advisory Committee, Rule and Trustee Craig Anderson will oversee the athletics committee for Indians Rock, Anderson and Curd will oversee the Parent Association for Special Education and the Special Education Parent Teacher Association, Prinzo and Aitken will oversee the School Community Association, Prinzo and Rule will oversee the Tower Foundation and Rule, Aitken and Curd will oversee the Policy Committee.