New Superintendent Michael Radday and new assistant superintendent, William Fisher, have officially taken their posts in the Westhampton Beach School District.
Radday and Fisher are not new faces to the district; Radday was assistant superintendent for six years, and Fisher has left his posting as the director of technology.
, exiting the superintendent, said, “Radday and Fisher are highly qualified educators, and I’m confident they will provide excellent leadership in the district for many years to come.”
Radday joined the district in 2002, as middle school principal and became assistant superintendent in 2005.
Radday said that his primary goal in his new position is to work with and support his faculty and staff so they can provide the best learning experiences for the students they’re entrusted with each day.
Although optimistic about his new position, Radday admits these are challenging times in public education.
“We’re faced with many unfunded mandates and diminishing financial support in terms of state aid," he said. "In addition, the looming tax cap will negatively impact school districts across the state.”
Fisher, who began in the district as a middle school technology teacher, said he looks forward to his new role because it will allow him to see what’s happening inside classrooms.
Fisher said he hopes to focus on a continued commitment to the growth of the district’s educational technology initiative, integration of the Common Core State Standards into the curriculum and working with the administrators and instructional staff to successfully implement the new annual professional performance review evaluation system mandated by New York State.
Editor's Note: The author of this article is a teacher in the Westhampton Beach School District.