With the 2016-2017 school year around the corner, the District extends its gratitude to Mary Ann O’Brien for her years of service as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance and welcomes Patrick Pizzo and Jennifer Frisenda to their newly appointed administrative roles.
Ms. O’Brien entered the District as the Assistant Business Administrator in September 2009 and held this position until January 2014, at which time she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance. As she heads into retirement, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo and members of the Board of Education and Administrative staff thank Ms. O’Brien for her time and dedication to the district.
“As Mary Ann heads into retirement, we wish her tremendous success in all of life’s future endeavors and thank her for her devotion, passion, and years of service to our community, staff and, more importantly, our children,” Mr. Campo said.
Effective Sept. 1, Mr. Pizzo will accept the role of Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance after serving as the District’s Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration and Special Projects for the past eight years. In the latter position, Mr. Pizzo led a team that developed the District’s annual expense budget and prepared budgetary presentations for the Board of Education, parent teacher associations, residents and community members under the guidance of the Superintendent. He also built, defended and implemented annual facilities, operations and capital budgets totaling over $9.9 million dollars, as well as repaired and maintained the plant budget totaling over $2.1 million dollars, for review and approval by the Superintendent and Board of Education. In addition, Mr. Pizzo served on the District Cabinet, where he was responsible for the efficient physical plant operation, environmental safety and preventative maintenance of 10 buildings covering 1.34 million square feet of occupied space and 130 acres of grounds.
Prior to his time in East Meadow, Mr. Pizzo was the Director of Facilities and Operations for the Hicksville School District. He also held the position of Deputy Regional Manager for the New York City Department of Education, a role in which he oversaw the physical plant operation and management of 39 schools.
Mr. Pizzo received his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Oneonta and both his Master of Business Administration and Advanced Certificate as a School District Business Leader from LIU Post.
Also on Sept. 1, Jennifer Frisenda will accept her newly appointed position as the District’s Assistant Business Administrator.
Ms. Frisenda joined the East Meadow school community in 2014 as District Treasurer, where she maintained district records and files, reconciled monthly bank statements and submitted monthly financial statements to the Board of Education, Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, as well as performed yearly school lunch audits to ensure compliance with state regulations. Prior to entering the district, Ms. Frisenda was an administrative intern in the Jericho and Oyster Bay-East Norwich school districts. In this role, she established procedure manuals to specify job descriptions of business office personnel, ensuring all aspects of each job were detailed, and created flow charts to show job responsibilities and progression. She also reviewed, revised and recreated budget brochures for the 2013-2014 budget and worked directly with the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations to ensure all data was provided to the community.
Ms. Frisenda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marist College, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Education from LIU Post.
“We welcome Patrick and Jennifer to their new administrative positions and know they will be very successful,” Mr. Campo said.