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Community Letter - May 28, 2020


Superintendent Search

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Application - If you wish to apply for this position, please click on the following link:
 Application for Superintendent of Schools

Information for Potential Candidates - Click here to view the brochure

Community Forum - The Trustees of the Sachem Central School District Board of Education would like to invite you to attend a Community Forum led by our search consultants, District Wise Search Consultants. Your input will be valuable to us while we create a “profile” for our next Superintendent. The Community Forum will be held on June 4th from 7 PM-8 PM. Join us on a Zoom meeting at
Meeting ID: 833 4540 6475

The participation of the community and of the students is very important during this process. All information gathered will be included anonymously in a report that will be prepared for the Board. We hope you can make it on June 4th. For those unable to attend the meeting, or for those who prefer to provide their suggestions and opinions privately, a confidential e-mail address has been established by the consultants. Email:

This address will accept e-mails until June 17th for inclusion in the report. Any e-mails received after this date will be forwarded anonymously to the Board of Education.

Grundy Avenue Elementary School Welcomes New Principal

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The Sachem Central School District is proud to announce the recent appointment of Thomas Lipani Jr. as the new principal of Grundy Avenue Elementary School, effective July 1, replacing Laura Amato, who will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.

Mr. Lipani currently serves as the assistant principal of Sawmill Intermediate School in the Commack School District, where he has held the position for the past year. During his time in Commack, he chaired the In-School Support Team with the goal of evaluating academic performance and social relationships to identify struggling students and provide additional student support. Additionally, Mr. Lipani led biweekly curriculum discussions, chaired committees to determine necessary accommodations for students with academic or medical needs and co-chaired the School Building Management Team, as well as organized a health and wellness day.

Prior to his time at Sawmill Intermediate School, Mr. Lipani was an elementary classroom teacher in the Sachem Central School District for 15 years, a principal’s aide for three years and the assistant supervisor for the Sachem Extended School Year Program for two years.

“I consider myself both blessed and humbled to be given the responsibility of serving the Sachem family as principal of Grundy Avenue Elementary School,” Mr. Lipani said. “As a Sachem graduate and a classroom teacher at Wenonah Elementary School for 15 years, I understand what a fantastic and hardworking community this is. I will do my best to continue the great traditions built at Grundy and work collaboratively with staff and families to provide the highest quality, student-centered education that is focused on the whole child.”

Mr. Lipani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and special education from Dowling College, a Master of Arts degree from Stony Brook University and an advanced certificate in educational leadership from LIU Post.

Schools to Remain Closed Through End of School Year

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Good afternoon Sachem,

This afternoon, Governor Cuomo announced that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year due to Covid-19. Please know that we have been working with our administrators, teachers and staff to prepare for end of the year events and continued Distance Learning. Once we review all associated information, we will share further guidance and plans.

We miss you all. Stay safe and keep up the great work!

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