Statement made by Board President Nicholas Ciappetta at the May 12, 2020, Board of Education Meeting:

 

“Good evening South Huntington.  There has been much news since we last met, from the rescheduled budget vote to the formation of a commission to “reimagine” education, but the most impactful was the Governor’s announcement that schools would be closed for the remainder of the year.  This unprecedented announcement may have seemed inevitable for the past few weeks, but it was no less stunning in its finality and no less heartbreaking.

 

And while this was disappointing news for many in our school community, it is especially difficult for the Class of 2020 and their parents.  It seems so unfair that the Class of 2020 will be deprived of the annual traditions that accompany senior year in high school.  Their thirteen year journey deserved a far better conclusion.  This chapter should have concluded with banquets, prom photos and graduation caps tossed in the air. 

 

Please know that you are in our thoughts.

 

And please also know that the class and grace, in which you have handled this disappointment, and your appreciation for the bigger picture, reflects so positively on you and your parents.

 

This is a very special class, and the Board of Education, administration, your principal and teachers owe it to you to find new ways to recognize your accomplishments.  And we will do just that.  It may look and feel different, but there will be a Principal’s List ceremony, there will be a Senior Awards’ ceremony, and there will be a commencement.

 

Be well, and we can’t wait to see you again.