Students in Lisa Tran’s fifth grade class at Shelter Rock Elementary School and Kerri Briody’s fourth grade class at Munsey Park Elementary School recently visited the Manhasset School District’s administrative offices for a fun and informative morning with Superintendent of Schools Vincent Butera and members of the central office administration and support staff.
Evangelina Vases from Tran’s class and Luke Falco from Briody’s class had the opportunity to serve as “Honorary Superintendent” for a day when their mothers won a silent auction sponsored by the Manhasset School Community Association at this year’s annual fall luncheon. In winning the honor, Vases and Falco earned the right to bring their classmates along for the trip.
Each class had their own designated morning, which began with introductions and Butera handing out honorary school district identification badges for each student. Students broke out into groups, rotating between various departments (business office, curriculum office, personnel office, transportation, etc.), and had a private meeting with Butera in which everyone received the opportunity to sit in the superintendent’s chair and strike a silly pose, as well as simulate a call on the all-important superintendent’s red hotline phone.
Young students received firsthand knowledge of running a school district and a better understanding of the work behind the administrative team. In turn, central office administrators and staff were able to take a few brief moments from their hectic schedules to get better acquainted with some of Manhasset’s younger generation and see for themselves the bright future that lies ahead.