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.
August 30, 2018
Dear Huntington Students, Staff and Community Members:
Yet another summer comes to a close and the excitement for a new school year fills the air. As an educator, there is nothing more special than the moment when those school doors open so that we may welcome thousands of eager and smiling students!
The summer of 2018 was a particularly busy one in Huntington. There was an abundance of capital work completed across the district. Fourth grade classrooms were moved out of our primary schools and added at both the Jack Abrams STEM and Woodhull Schools. Washington Primary has a new roof and Jefferson has a new security vestibule, with all primary schools to acquire both in the year to come. School entryways and bathrooms, in addition to being modernized, were renovated to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Makerspaces will be added to each elementary school library; the Innovation Lab at Jack Abrams STEM continues to expand – all places where inquiry is the norm. A multitude of smaller projects in each of the district’s eight buildings were completed as well. You will not be disappointed with the outcomes!
The district will continue its transition to new standards and curricula in all core disciplines, K-12. New curricula were finalized and resources adopted for elementary science, middle-level math, mental health, social-emotional learning, and first-time high school electives (i.e., Virtual Enterprise, Literary Fantasy and Science Fiction). New and upgraded hardware and software have been installed, maintaining the cutting-edge nature of Huntington’s instructional and learning approaches.
With all that has been accomplished in a short two-month summer period, however, it is important for us to recognize that what characterizes this district, what makes it special, is people. Last June, we bid farewell to several retirees who contributed so much to the district over the years. While no individual personality can be replaced, much time and energy was spent this summer recruiting and hiring many new and talented faculty and staff members who will develop strong relationships with students, parents, colleagues and community members; make their unique contributions to the Huntington family; and add to the district’s longstanding tradition of educational excellence. In the coming year, we will continue to take much pride in student accomplishments, in the ever-growing home-school partnership, and in the support provided by community members.
While the lines between politics and education continue to blur at the state and federal levels, our Huntington mission will remain uncompromised. We will work together to do all within our collective power to help our students grow academically and develop into well-rounded, community-minded citizens. Our class of 2018 graduates (as well as those from prior graduating classes) serve as direct evidence of our success in both regards!
Huntington remains an extraordinary place. It continues to be a genuine privilege to serve as your superintendent. Allow me to extend my welcome back wishes and an emphatic welcome to members of the Huntington High School Class of 2031. A great 2018-2019 school year lies ahead for all!
James W. Polansky
Superintendent of Schools
Joanne Miranda, Secretary to the Superintendent
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