Several recognitions were made during the Sept. 29 Board of Education communication meeting. Among them, the Board recognized resident Fred Morgana for his service in World War II, East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools as 2016 Reward Schools, and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Patrick Pizzo for leading the green cleaning initiative in the district.
The meeting opened with the W.T. Clarke High School Brass Ensemble performing musical numbers, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” for the Board of Education members, administrators, faculty and community members gathered at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.
The evening proceeded with the honoring of Morgana, a resident of East Meadow for more than 60 years, member of the East Meadow Fire Department and WWII U.S. Navy veteran, with the Distinguished Service Award. Established last school year, the Board honors veterans in the community with this award for their loyalty and devoted service to our country.
Following, the district’s two high schools were recognized for being named Reward Schools by the New York State Education Department for the 2016-17 school year. The SED identifies Reward Schools as those ranking among the top 20 percent in English language arts and mathematics assessment performance, having a graduation rate above 80 percent, and obtaining the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement. East Meadow and W. T. Clarke high schools are among 365 schools in New York State to receive this notable designation.
“This is an outstanding award and recognition by New York State that both of our high schools received,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.
Closing the evening, the Board acknowledged Pizzo for leading the green cleaning initiative throughout the district and keeping all schools safe for children. Pizzo accepted the green cleaning recognition for “excellence in environmental health and adaptation of a child safe school green cleaning policy” from the Grassroots Environmental Education on behalf of the district.