Retiring teachers and staff got a fond farewell from members of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District.
The four honorees — instructional materials assistant Patricia Reilly, music teacher Paula Albertfranz, head custodian Walter Danowski and sixth-grade teacher Anne DeSimone — were touted for their efforts before their families, friends and colleagues at a school board meeting last Tuesday.
Miller Avenue Principal Christine Carlson commended Ms. Reilly for her efforts in getting the library organized for each academic year and making it a warm and inviting place for students. She also spoke of the influence music teacher Ms. Albertfranz has had on the children she has worked with in her 32 years of teaching throughout the district.
Wading River Elementary School Principal Lou Parrinello praised Mr. Danowski for his dedication and integral role in keeping the children of the district safe. He was lauded for helping to oversee special events, the merging of the elementary schools and the completed bond projects including the new cafeteria at WRES this past school year.
Albert G. Prodell Middle School Principal Kevin Vann spoke highly of Ms. DeSimone and the positive impact she has had on her students and the entire school community with her admirable attributes of being firm, friendly, flexible and fair.
Photo caption: Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent of Schools Gerard Poole (left) and Board of Education President Robert Rose flanked retiring district staff members, from left, Patricia Reilly, Anne DeSimone and Paula Albertfranz at a recent board of education meeting. Missing from photo: Walter Danowski. (Courtesy of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District)