Superintendent of Schools James W. Polansky assumed his position on July 1, 2011. Since then he has been tireless in his quest to improve teaching and learning in classrooms across the district.
Under Mr. Polansky’s leadership, the Huntington School District established Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School in September 2013 and reinstituted a full-day kindergarten program in September 2014 following a three year absence.
Known for his enormous energy and enthusiasm, at the time of his appointment in Huntington Mr. Polansky had already enjoyed two-decades of success as a teacher and administrator in Long Island schools.
Mr. Polansky came to Huntington from the South Huntington School District where he worked as assistant superintendent for personnel and district services since August 2010. He earlier served as principal of Walt Whitman High School for 6½ years.
Named New York State Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York/National Association of Secondary School Principals/Metropolitan Life in 2010 for his fine work "turning around" Walt Whitman High School, Mr. Polansky had previously been the school's assistant principal from July 2002 to April 2004.
A graduate of SUNY at Albany (BA cum laude), Mr. Polansky earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Hofstra University and an advanced graduate certificate in educational administration at Stony Brook University. He holds permanent teaching certificates in biology/general science, chemistry, Earth science, mathematics and business/distributive education.
A member of the Suffolk County School Superintendent’s Association executive board, Mr. Polansky is the current leader of the Huntington-Smithtown superintendent cluster. He is the Western Suffolk County representative in the House of Delegates of the New York State Council of School Superintendents with a term that runs through 2020.
Mr. Polansky began his career in education at Syosset High School, where he worked as a science teacher from September 1991 to January 2001. He coached wrestling, soccer, baseball and softball there and was the mentor/coach of Syosset's Envirothon science team.
After obtaining state administrative certification, Mr. Polansky served as the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District's K-12 director of science, a position he held from January 2001 to July 2002, when he became Walt Whitman's assistant principal.
Mr. Polansky has extensive professional experience and a proven track record of improving academic performance, student attendance and graduation rates in an ethnically and socio-economically diverse school setting. He is committed to developing Huntington into one of the state’s elite districts.
Huntington's superintendent has led initiatives associated with narrowing the achievement gap between students and utilizing data-driven and differentiated instruction, technology integration into classroom lessons, positive behavioral support, parent engagement and students’ social and emotional development, Response to Intervention strategies and learning styles instruction.
Known as an exceptional communicator, Mr. Polansky can be found attending an assortment of school events each day. He enjoys visiting classrooms and observing teacher instruction and student learning and meeting with teachers, students and parents.
The recipient of the New York State PTA Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Polansky is an honorary lifetime member of the PTA. He plays an active role in the New York State Council of School Superintendents and the Western Suffolk BOCES superintendents’ consortium. He has also served on the School Administrator Association of New York State (SAANYS) government relations team for several years.
Mr. Polansky maintains a keen interest in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities. He regularly attends Blue Devil sports events along with plays, concerts, art shows and academic competitions.
A longtime member of Section XI’s Executive Board, Mr. Polansky was the organization’s president during the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years. He was elected in June 2018 to a three-year term on the Executive Board as the Superintendent Representative.
Mr. Polansky maintains membership in a variety of professional educational organizations and has been invited to make presentations at numerous state conferences.
November 21, 2018
Dear Members of the Huntington School District Family
It seems as if the same thought comes to mind at this time every year – where did the last three months go? We are certainly rolling into Thanksgiving with positive momentum and so much for which to be grateful. As the holiday approaches, we should all take a few moments to reflect and give thanks for our opportunities to start fresh each day with a group of children who are eager to benefit from our collective wisdom, compassion, kindness and desire to help them reach their potential. We should further appreciate our ability to listen to them, serve as their voices at times, and at others guide them toward becoming independent learners and contributing members of society.
The true meaning of Thanksgiving is the latter part of the word itself. While the day often provides a special time to regroup and enjoy a terrific meal, Huntington students continue to set the bar for placing the needs of others before their own. Whether it be through letter writing, food drives, fundraisers, community visits or other acts of volunteerism, children of all ages attending our schools understand the importance of kindness, giving back and paying it forward, particularly at but not limited to this time of year.
All of us should give thanks for the blessings that are our families, friends, colleagues and community. We should also be thankful for the occasional challenges that we face, as without them we might less easily recognize our strengths or true callings.
Words cannot effectively express my gratitude for the genuine privilege I possess with respect to engaging in this amazing work every day and for the opportunity do it in Huntington. On behalf of the Board of Education and Administration, I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings and the most joyous of holiday seasons ahead.
Very truly yours,
James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools
Joanne Miranda, Secretary to the Superintendent
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