The Locust Valley Central School District Board of Education, at a special meeting on July 19, appointed new staff members to three key positions. Each administrator will join the district prior to the start of the new school year.
Anthony J. Davidson will take on the role of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Davidson brings experience as the principal of Commack Middle School, where he is also the IB Head of School for their Middle Years Program. His experience with the IB program will be a great asset to the faculty and students in Locust Valley. Mr. Davidson proved himself in the Commack district, starting as a teacher and working his way up to Middle School Principal over a 20-year period. During that time, he held the positions of teacher
of English Language Arts, Chairperson of English Language Arts, High School Assistant Principal and currently, Middle School Principal.
Mr. Davidson said, “I am honored to have been selected as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the distinguished Locust Valley district. I look forward to working with the staff, students and
parents who have already shown me that they have an unparalleled dedication to their community, a reputation for developing the whole child and a renowned commitment to academic excellence.”
Patrick DiClemente will serve as the new Locust Valley High School Principal, replacing Kieran J. McGuire who is retiring. Mr. DiClemente is currently the principal at Massapequa High School, a position he has held for two years. For six years prior, he was the Principal at Massapequa Ames High School, the district’s school for ninth-graders. After beginning his career as an English teacher, Mr. DiClemente moved on to serve as Assistant Principal at Oregon Middle School in Medford for two years and then at Robert Cushman Murphy Junior High School in Stony Brook for five years. Mr. DiClemente helped lead Massapequa High School to be named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2017, and that dedication and expertise will serve the Locust Valley community well.
Mr. DiClemente said that he is excited about the opportunity to support and celebrate Locust Valley students. “My focus is on providing a challenging, inviting and supportive school experience for the students and all individuals associated with our school. I thank the community, Board of Education, and district staff for welcoming me to Locust Valley.”
Katherine Russo was appointed Supervisor of Transportation. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Ms. Russo is currently the Assistant Transportation Supervisor for Westbury Union Free School District, where she oversees the transportation for 3,500 students. Among other things, she is responsible for routing and scheduling drivers, following all regulations, laws and
guidelines regarding student transportation and communicating with parents. Prior to joining Westbury, Ms. Russo worked in the Elmont and Manhasset school districts. Her career began as a bus driver for Locust Valley children.
“I began my journey in transportation 25 years ago in Locust Valley and I am truly excited to have come full circle and bring back the knowledge I’ve gained to best serve the district’s students,” Ms. Russo said.
The district welcomes the newest members of the staff to our community!